I keep my eyes glued to the right side of Highway 101 as I drive away from Beaufort. Route 3-0- something, 3-0-something, 3-0-something, my mind mutters as I look for the black and white road sign that will indicate my turn to the Croatan National Forest’s Neusiok Trail.
A new study provides evidence that algae diversity does not help algae biofuel production, in contrast to results from previously published studies.
Last month I boarded flights to Arizona to attend the 10th annual Algae Biomass Summit hosted by the Algae Biomass Organization, whose mission is to “promote the development of viable technologies and commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae.”
Our team of volunteers collectively removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from Radio Island Beach during Carteret County’s annual Big Sweep event. While clean-ups are a solution to one of the symptoms of our throw-away society, major changes in the way we design and manufacture products are needed to get to the root of the problem.
Chances are if you’re reading a Nicholas School blog post, you’re interested in decreasing your carbon footprint. As a means of doing so, maybe you’ve thought about downsizing your physical footprint, perhaps to about 200 square feet?
The 2010 National Algal Biofuel Technology Roadmap outlined the current state of algae biofuel research, knowledge gained from past research, and the numerous challenges in producing algal biofuels commercially. Six years later, the latest edition appeared online this June.
At last year’s FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) Capstone event, I quickly realized the activity I designed wasn’t hands-on enough. So, I vowed to make a more hands-on activity this year.
The flat, hard pavement of Beaufort, although accompanied by beautiful sunsets, has taken its toll on my legs since I moved to the coast. The new Fort Macon trail provides a scenic reprieve.
“I’m really nervous,” one of the 4th graders in our Girl Scout troop quietly confessed to me. I inquired further and she explained, “I’ve never seen a marine biologist in real life before.”
While working on methods, you may not be getting data and results, but you are building the tools to answer your research questions in the future.