A Week in Review: 11/17/13 – 11/23/13

November 20, 2013

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/13933

November 22, 2013

Sticky Business: Magnetic Pollen Replicas Offer Multimodal Adhesion Sticky Business
Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly conformal iron oxide coatings. The replicas possess natural adhesion properties inherited from the spiky pollen particles while gaining magnetic behavior, allowing for tailored adhesion to surfaces.
http://www.news.gatech.edu/2013/11/22/sticky-business-magnetic-pollen-replicas-offer-multimodal-adhesion

 

A Week in Review: 11/10/13 – 11/16/13

November 11, 2013

The Hunt for Biofuels Looks Beyond Ethanol
A push is on to get more energy from nonedible plants
http://online.wsj.com/news/artcles/SB10001424052702304527504579168140813739808

November 13, 2013

Nature’s Glowing Slime: Scientists Peek into Hidden Sea Worm’s Light
Clouds of bioluminescent mucus–emitted by a marine worm that lives in a cocoon-like habitat — are linked to a common vitamin

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues are unraveling the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light released into seawater. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Natural Materials, Systems, and Extremophiles Program and the Hans & Ella McCollum ’21 Vahlteich Endowment supported the research.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/13880