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Algae Biofuel Can Substitute Conventional Jet Fuel, Says Turkish Researchers

Researchers at the Bogazici University, Turkey , are working to produce biofuel for aeroplanes from algae. They are conducting their experiments in a lab away from the Black Sea. Here, huge masses of cloudy and green algae swirl under the hot sun in the lab's greenhouse with the help of a squeaky motor. Image Credits: Pixabay “Right now, they’re just getting fat,” said Berat Haznedaroğlu , Director of the Istanbul Microalgae Biotechnologies Research and Development Center. “As you can see they’re just using air — carbon dioxide and sunlight.” The strain of algae is filled with fatty acids. The more the number of fatty algae, the more fuel they can produce. But producing this biofuel on a large scale is not an easy task. The research team drain the algae pools into large metal tanks and use chloroform and ethanol to break the algae into fatty acids. The oil produced is checked for quality and shipped to a nearby refinery to turn into jet fuel. Demand and Supply Algae biofuels are co

American Researchers to Open Halite Rock Crystals That Might Have 830-Million-Year Old Living Organisms

Researchers from the Geological Society of America have found remnants of ancient microorganisms in an 830 million-year-old rock salt crystal. They believe that these organisms might still be alive and planning to crack open the crystal, Daily Mail reported . Earlier they found the remnants of algal and prokaryotic (organisms lacking cell organelles and nucleus) life in ancient halite (rock salt) crystal in the form of microscopic liquid bubbles, known as fluid inclusions. These liquid sites serve as shelters for microorganisms to live and flourish. Now the researchers are willing to open the crystal to find whether the microbes or ancient life is still alive or not. Though bringing back 830 million-year-old life into the present world doesn't sound extraordinary nor sensible, they insist that the procedure will be done under supervision and necessary precautions will be taken.   Image Credits: Pixabay "It does sound like a really bad B-movie, but there is a lot of detailed w

Blue-Green Algae Runs Computer for Six Months

Image: A container holding blue-green algae that powered a computer A computer has been powered for six months by blue-green algae contained in a tiny container. In the near future, similar photosynthetic energy producers might be utilized to power a variety of tiny gadgets without the usage of scarce and unsustainable materials like those used in batteries. Christopher Howe and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge made a tiny enclosure out of aluminum and translucent acrylic approximately the size of an AA battery. They put a colony of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 cyanobacteria – sometimes known as "blue-green algae" – inside, which create oxygen through photosynthesis when exposed to sunlight . During the shutdowns during Covid-19 pandemic in  2021, the device was put on a windowsill at the residence of team member Paolo Bombelli and stayed there from February to August. It ran an Arm microprocessor with a constant current between its anode and cathode. The compu

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