Soft devices, powered by ‘stressed’ algae, glow in the dark when squished or stretched

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31705-6″ width=”800″ height=”530″/> Schematic of the working principle and potential applications of the biohybrid mechanoluminescence. In the light phase, the soft biohybrid robot integrated with dinoflagellate culture solution is charged with sunlight for photosynthesis to produce oxygen, providing energy for the organism. In the dark phase, the mechanically induced bioluminescence of … Read more

Three-dimensional fossil algae more than 541 million years old reveal a modern-looking ancestry of the plant kingdom

Reconstruction of a cross-section through Protocodium sinense, showing likeness to modern Codium. Credit: Shu Chai Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of algae called Protocodium sinense that predates the origin of land plants and modern animals and provides new insight into the early diversification of the plant kingdom. Discovered at a site in … Read more

New study reveals how microscopic algae became exceptionally nutritious over time, driving evolution forward

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2021).” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Global temperature and surface-ocean phosphate concentration throughout the Phanerozoic (adapted from ref. 29). (A and B) The evolution of (A) temperature (K) and (B) surface-ocean phosphate concentration (µM P) obtained in ∼106 default model simulations (5th to 95th percentiles of the results) where input parameters … Read more

Algae a winner in Elon Musk-funded greenhouse gas contest

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with XPRIZE founder and Executive Chairman Peter Diamandis during an XPRIZE presentation event in Los Angeles, May 15, 2019. From algae farming to producing a sort of artificial limestone, ideas for reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere are getting a funding boost from famed entrepreneur Musk. The Tesla … Read more