Air-frying a 3D-printed plant-based calamari ring resulted in a quick, tasty snack. Image credit: Poornima Vijayan

3D-Printed Vegan Seafood Could Someday Be What’s For Dinner (Video)

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2023 — In the refrigerated grocery store aisle, meat alternatives greatly outnumber plant-based seafoods. But more mock seafood options are needed because of unsustainable fishing and aquaculture practices, which can deplete the supply and harm the environment. Today, researchers present a new approach for creating desirable … [continued]

Microalgae vs. Mercury

In the search for ways to fight methylmercury in global waterways, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered that some forms of phytoplankton are good at degrading the potent neurotoxin. Phytoplankton, or microalgae, are known as accumulators of methylmercury. The plankton introduce methylmercury into the food chain, where it makes … [continued]

$5.4 Million To Research Turning Buildings Into Carbon Storage Structures

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected to receive over $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for the development of technologies that can transform buildings into carbon storage structures. The funding is part of ARPA-E’s Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from … [continued]

Growing Algae, Saving Energy, & Capturing Carbon: P2P Microalgae Technology

Microalgae are single-celled organisms that are normally found in freshwater systems. This versatile plant matter can be used to produce biofuels, medicine, vitamin supplements, cosmetics, and feed for livestock. Microalgae is also a natural decontaminator, removing toxins from wastewater and absorbing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air. A new innovation at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) in Alberta, Canada, cultivates microalgae using sunlight energy.