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Microalgae produce more oil faster for energy, food or products

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 06:15 PM PDT

Scientists have described technology that accelerates microalgae’s ability to produce many different types of renewable oils for fuels, chemicals, foods and personal-care products within days using standard industrial fermentation.

New light shed on ancient Egyptian port and ship graveyard

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 12:07 PM PDT

New research illuminates Thonis-Heracleion, a sunken port-city that served as the gateway to Egypt in the first millennium BC. This obligatory port of entry, known as ‘Thonis’ by the Egyptians and ‘Heracleion’ by the Greeks, was where seagoing ships probably unloaded their cargoes to have them assessed by temple officials and taxes extracted before transferring them to Egyptian ships that went upriver.

Schoolboy finds 300 million year old fossil

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 11:58 AM PDT

A schoolboy has discovered what appears to be an extremely rare fossil of footprints from more than 300 million years ago.

New foot-and-mouth vaccine is safer and cheaper to produce

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 11:54 AM PDT

A new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that is safer to produce and easier to store has been developed.

Air pollution stunts coral growth

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 10:32 AM PDT

A new study has found that pollution from fine particles in the air — mainly the result of burning coal or volcanic eruptions — can shade corals from sunlight and cool the surrounding water resulting in reduced growth rates.

Retinoic acid gradient visualized for the first time in an embryo

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 10:31 AM PDT

In a ground-breaking study, researchers report a new technique that allows them to visualize the distribution of retinoic acid in a live zebrafish embryo, in real-time. This technique enabled them to observe two concentration gradients going in opposing directions along the head-to-tail axis of the embryo, thus providing long-awaited evidence that retinoic acid is a morphogen.

Engineering algae to make the ‘wonder material’ nanocellulose for biofuels and more

Posted: 07 Apr 2013 10:29 AM PDT

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become stars in a project — which scientists today said has reached an advanced stage — that would turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing the “wonder material” nanocellulose. They have now reported on advances in getting those genes to produce fully functional nanocellulose.


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