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New Seaweed Species Is Smothering Reefs
'Tumbleweed' algae is covering remote Hawaii reefs
- Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than...
Your Ice Cream May Contain Seaweed—Contentiously
There's a battle going on over the use of the additive carrageenan
- Centuries ago, coastal Irish communities discovered that they could harvest carraigín moss, a type of seaweed, from the rocky waters at Carrigan Head and cook it with milk to produce a thickener. Named after the area, carrageenan—the soluble fiber derived from seaweed—has since gained global popularity as...
Our Next Super Food? Bacon-Flavored Seaweed
Oregon researchers patent new strain of algae called dulse
- Researchers at Oregon State University have received a patent for a new strain of seaweed they developed, and there's only one thing you need to know about it: “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed," chief researcher Chris Langdon says...
Scientists Make Seaweed-Fuel Breakthrough
Next hurdle: bringing it to market
- Algae-based fuel is a step closer to reality. Scientists in California have genetically modified a microbe so that it can convert seaweed into biofuel, the
reports. "Natural seaweed species grow very fast—10 times faster than normal plants—and are full of sugars, but it has been very...
Caribbean Resorts Battle Mysterious Seaweed Invasion
Mysterious hordes of algae shut down resorts
- Gigantic piles of brown seaweed that reek of rotten eggs are piling up on beaches in the eastern Caribbean, forcing resorts to shut down and keeping swimmers from the ocean. The stinky, bug-infested algae—named Sargassum—has been creeping up shores in Antigua, St. Maarten, and other Caribbean hotspots since...
Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects
Celery, seaweed could work wonders for your diet
- The usual admonitions we hear at this time of year about eating right are probably going in one ear and out the other, so perhaps these unusual health-food suspects from
will catch your attention as you prepare that New Year’s resolution.
Its phytochemicals are thought
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