How healthy is that microbe? New device can tell

A new portable tool can assess microbes, screen for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and analyze algae that live in coral reefs, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: microbes coral-reefs oceans algae earth-and-environment

Arctic sea spray aerosols mimic those in California

Sea spray aerosols similar to those in California are popping up during the Arctic winter, researchers say.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: arctic oceans algae earth-and-environment sea-ice

Smartphone device sniffs out toxin-producing algae in 15 minutes

A new system uses a smartphone to detect toxin-producing algae in water within 15 minutes.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: water toxins algae mobile-devices earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Early animals shaped their own evolution via ‘Earth’s heartbeat’

A new measurement of "Earth's heartbeat," the dynamic between oxygen and the productivity on Earth, shows animals can regulate the planet's oxygen levels.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution oceans oxygen algae science-and-technology

What a million corals in 2,500 reefs tell us about saving them

Researchers examined more than a million corals one-by-one for a new study on what we can do to save reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change conservation oceans algae earth-and-environment corals

How diatoms grab sunlight could lead to better biofuels

The way diatoms—algae that produces 20% of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy could lead to cheaper, more efficient biofuels.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: fossil-fuels photosynthesis algae science-and-technology renewable-fuels

Red algae’s stolen genes may lead to new fuels

Genes that red algae stole from bacteria to better adapt to hot springs could pave the way for designer algae that make fuel or clean up pollution.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: bacteria genes water algae science-and-technology hot-springs

When viruses kill diatoms, other algae benefit big time

Diatoms aren't immune to deadly viral infections as researchers once thought, but their deaths may help other algae survive.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: viruses oceans algae science-and-technology

Team solves mystery of California’s ‘weird’ turquoise water

"When the water off the coast of California starts to look like you're in the Caribbean, that's really weird."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 27, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: california oceans colors algae earth-and-environment

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