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What I Learned at the Algae Biomass Summit

What I Learned at the Algae Biomass Summit

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.”

Scouts Clean Up The Beach, But It’s Just Scratching The Surface

Scouts Clean Up The Beach, But It’s Just Scratching The Surface

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.

Should you live in a Tiny House?

Should you live in a Tiny House?

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?

Algal Biofuels: The Saga Continues

Algal Biofuels: The Saga Continues

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.

Experimenting with Algae Outreach Activities

Experimenting with Algae Outreach Activities

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.

Trail Review: Fort Macon State Park

Trail Review: Fort Macon State Park

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.

A real-life marine biologist

A real-life marine biologist

“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.”

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