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Algae Body Armor

Super-light body armor? Add it to the list of things algae can make.

Over at Gizmodo Eric Limer describes recent research reported at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society about incredibly light, and strong, nanocellulose materials that are made from  algae. Eric writes:

“Initially, the production of nanocellulose involved huge breeding tanks of bacteria, which rather annoyingly required things like food. But recent advancements have helped groom a new workhorse: blue-green algae, which unlike normal bacteria, can make its own food from the sun, and devour greenhouse gases in the process. You could hardly ask for more.”

Read more about this research at Gizmodo.

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