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Coverage of algae since October 15, 2021.

Removal of nitrogen in Regina's wastewater system is improving water quality, U of R study finds

"...Environment Canada recently conducted a study out of Saskatoon on the creek, analyzing the raw data of what pollutants could be drawn back from human waste. They quickly discovered that nitrogen levels were off the charts, along with high volumes of personal care products, drugs, algae, etc..."

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Ambitious Urban Sequoia skyscraper designed to clean the air around it

"..."This solution allows us to move beyond net zero to deliver carbon-absorbing buildings, increasing the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere over time," says SOM. "After 60 years, the prototype would absorb up to 400 percent more carbon than it could have emitted during construction. The captured carbon can be put to use in various industrial applications, completing the carbon cycle and forming the basis of a new carbon-removal economy..."

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New research highlights environmental benefit to caterpillar droppings

"...That's the findings of a new paper from the University of Cambridge where PhD student Sam Woodman found they're actually helping to improve water quality of nearby lakes..."

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Seaweed on Greater Victoria beaches part of largely uncharted ecosystem

"...In the ocean, seaweed is a forest-like haven for all kinds of marine life, but when it washes ashore it becomes a food source for very particular types of insects. In fact, Gibson said there are several families of flies he knows of that only feed on bull kelp and don’t exist in any other ecosystems..."

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Blue-green algae advisories lifted

"...Eight central zone lakes have had blue-green algae advisories lifted by Alberta Health Services. (Contributed photo)..."

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Blue-green algae bloom reported at Lower Thetis Lake in View Royal

"...Algae blooms can occur any time of year and across of variety of freshwater bodies, according to the CRD. They form when lake bed nutrients mix with surface water – a common event in shallow water bodies such as Beaver Lake, and more likely in winter for deeper lakes such as Elk Lake, following storm events or other instances of lake turnover..."

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Blue-green algae advisories lifted for eight central Alberta lakes

"...Alberta Health Services has lifted blue-green algae health advisory for many Alberta lakes..."

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Symbiotic salamander/algae relationship may inspire new drugs

"...Spotted salamanders are unique among vertebrates, in that they're the only ones whose embryos have an algae living inside of them. Scientists are now hoping that a better understanding of this symbiotic relationship could lead to new drugs for humans. For some time now, it has been known that when the spotted salamander (Amblystoma maculatum) lays its eggs in aquatic environments, those eggs are harmlessly infiltrated by a green algae known as Oophila amblystomatis..."

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Locally Made Supplement Nutritious Enough To Fuel An NHL Star For Sale At Costco

"...Brayden Schenn of the St. Louis Blues. Image: submitted..."

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Algae-purified wastewater used to raise fish

"...Presently, in order to purify wastewater, antibacterial chemicals and ultraviolet light are among the measures commonly used. According to a new international study, however, the utilization of algae may be a more eco-friendly and energy-efficient alternative, resulting in water that's clean enough for use in aquaculture. It was already known that algae breaks down and feeds upon waterborne compounds such as phosphorous, nitrogen, carbon and heavy metals..."

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Encasing algae triples the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis

"...Recreating the process of photosynthesis, whereby plants naturally convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to power their existence, is a key objective in renewable energy research, and a new study out of the Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) could help these efforts along. Its scientists have demonstrated how encasing algae in tiny droplets can boost its natural energy harvesting abilities by up to three times, marking another step toward commercial viability for the technology. Among the challenges facing scientists working on artificial photosynthesis is the relatively poor efficiency of the solutions developed so far..."

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Solar-Powered Sea Slugs and Survival in Future Seas

"...These Florida mollusks make off with chloroplasts from algae and cleverly photosynthesize them for their own nutrition..."

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Symbiotic Planet

A New Look At Evolution

"...Along the way, Margulis describes her initiation into the world of science and the early steps in the present revolution in evolutionary biology; the importance of species classification for how we think about the living world; and the way "academic apartheid" can block scientific advancement..."

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Jobs in algae

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Maintenance Technician, Level 2

"...Check all signage for algae and dirt and keep clean at all times Salt, sand and shovel as required to deal with snow and ice on the sidewalks and parking areas..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention algae.

8/28/20 - Fall Color; Algae Blooms

Duration: 03:00

"...Pure Michigan is promoting places to see fall color in the Saginaw Bay region..."

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3/13/20 - High Water Levels; Algae Blooms; Science Talks

Duration: 03:01

"...Bay County is offering up information on high water levels on an emergency services website..."

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FE Ken Thompson & Hal Halvorson: algae, fungi and leaf decomposition

Duration: 16:52

"..."Breaking down leaves is basically hard work, so if the fungi have the option of an easier life, they take it?"..."

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FE Ken Thompson & Hal Halvorson: algae, fungi and leaf decomposition

Duration: 16:52

"..."Breaking down leaves is basically hard work, so if the fungi have the option of an easier life, they take it?"..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about algae.

How to make "plastic" out of algae and mushrooms

"...From sachets made of algae to packaging made of mushrooms – does nature really hold the key to kick our plastic addiction? ..."

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7 Ways To Pull Carbon From The Atmosphere | Random Thursday

"...Still, carbon capture is a controversial topic and one that many people know very little about..."

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Federal Support for Alternative Protein for Economic Recovery and Climate Mitigation

"...These foods include meat and dairy products made from plants, fungi or mycoprotein, insects, algae, fermentation, and cultivated (“lab-grown” or “cell-based”) meat..."

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Stemming the Pollution Tide | Virtual Ocean Dialogues

"...The cost of polluting the ocean is not just to the health of marine ecosystems, but also to human health and economies..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about algae relevant to the latest news.

Economic potential of bioremediation using immobilized microalgae-based microbial fuel cells

"...Replacing expensive catalyst with microalgae is potential to reduce production cost required for MFC and treat wastewater, benefitting the wastewater treatment and power sectors..."

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Profiles and risk assessment of legacy and current use pesticides in urban rivers in Beijing, China

"...This study focused on the existence of 27 pesticides, including 13 pesticides regulated by the Stockholm Convention as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and 14 commonly used pesticides in three urban rivers in Beijing that receive effluents from three municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWTPs)..."

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Microalgae consortia cultivation using effluents for bioproduct manufacture

"...The production of microalgal biomass, which is associated with the remediation of effluent, production of biofuels, and by-products of high added value (such as bioethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, biofertilizers, and biochar), has been highlighted among the types of sustainable refineries..."

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A Review on Indigenous Freshwater Microalgae Isolated from Natural Habitats of Arunachal Pradesh, India, as a Biodiesel Source

"...In this paper, the feasibility and scope of growing freshwater microalgae in Arunachal Pradesh are reviewed and also describe the current status of microalgae species which are naturally present on local water bodies of north-eastern region of India for biodiesel production, including their biomass yield, biomass productivity, lipid content and their performance in engine..."

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Application of Phycoremediation Techniques Toward Nutrients Removal from Wastewaters: Evaluation of Adsorption and Absorption M

"...In this chapter, the recent technologies that have been applied to eliminate and/or used to remove excessive nutrients in water ecosystems are discussed with special reference to microalgae..."

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Influence of polystyrene microplastic and nanoplastic on copper toxicity in two freshwater microalgae

"...Wastewater treatment plants receive household wastes containing MP and NP, as well as stormwater runoffs and industrial wastes contaminated with heavy metals..."

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Biodiversity of periphytic cyanobacteria and algae assemblages in polar region: a case study of the vicinity of Arctowski Polis

"...This study was carried out on periphytic cyanobacteria and algae assemblages of microbial mats in streams and small water bodies during the Antarctic summer of 2019 in the vicinity of Ecology Glacier (King George Island, Antarctica)..."

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Microalgal-Bacterial Consortia as Future Prospect in Wastewater Bioremediation, Environmental Management and Bioenergy Producti

"...In the recent years, microalgae have captured researchers? attention as the alternative feedstock for various bioenergy production such as biodiesel, biohydrogen, and bioethanol..."

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Comparative Treatment Efficiency and Fatty Acid Synthesis of Chlorella vulgaris: Immobilization Versus Co-cultivation

"...Microalgal wastewater remediation can achieve both organic matters removal and biodiesel production, leading to economic benefits..."

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Techno-economic aspects of different process approaches based on brown macroalgae feedstock: A step toward commercialization of

"...Brown macroalgae, so called seaweed, has shown promising potential to produce biofuel and biobased chemicals..."

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Adaptive Design of Green Facades and Vertical Farm: Examples of Technological Integration of Microalgae for Energy Production i

"...After the first experiments with vertical, productive or just decorative greenery, we came to look for increasingly integrated solutions to produce food and energy..."

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Assessing the Influence of Floating Constructions on Water Quality and Ecology

"...Large floating projects have the potential to overcome the challenge of land scarcity in urban areas and offer opportunities for energy and food production, or even for creating sustainable living environments..."

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