Delaware State University receives $300,000 for microalgae-to-energy research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded two Delaware State University researchers a three-year grant of almost $300,000 (€273.7) for a project that could leverage the properties of microalgae toward energy and cancer treatment purposes.
The research is being led by Dr. Ali Parsaeimehr, Principal Investigator (PI) and DSU Postdoctoral Researcher, and Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Co-PI and Professor of Natural Resources and Associate Dean of Cooperative Extension.

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9 Ways We’re Going to Travel Differently in 2024 to Make the World Better

The new year is almost here, and in addition to sharing inspiration for where to travel in 2024, we also wanted to share our own travel resolutions.

At AFAR our whole MO is based on the belief in the power of travel to make the world a better place—and at the risk of sounding preachy, or worse, boring, we staffers really do believe in that. We do our best to not only report with that goal in mind but also to walk the walk in our own travels. So we’ve made some resolutions for the new year, based on things we’ve learned from the world around us and from each other. Here’s hoping they inspire you, too.

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The Green Revolution: Sharing Leading the Way

In a world grappling with pressing environmental challenges, the call for sustainable solutions has never been more urgent. One such solution gaining rapid momentum is the sharing economy, a model that not only promotes resource efficiency but also leads us on the path towards a greener planet. The sharing economy actively encourages the sharing, renting, and borrowing of goods, services, and spaces, fostering a sense of community while simultaneously minimising our ecological footprint. In this article, we explore why sharing and the sharing economy are indispensable for the planet and how they can shape a more sustainable future.

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An Old Choice for Sustainably Dyeing Jeans

Did you know that dyeing clothing blue goes back more than 5,000 years, when our ancestors in India, East Asia, and Egypt used the blue dye from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant to dye their clothes? There is even evidence that weavers in ancient Egypt inserted blue stripes in the borders of plain linen mummy cloths.

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Scientists find eco-friendly way to dye blue jeans

Flared or skinny, distressed or acid-washed—we all love our blue jeans. But those coveted pieces of denim are wreaking havoc on the environment.

That’s why researchers from the University of Georgia developed a new indigo dyeing technology that’s kinder on the planet. The new technique reduces water usage and eliminates the toxic chemicals that make the dyeing process so environmentally damaging. And to top it off, the technology streamlines the process and secures more color than traditional methods.

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UTC connected to EPB Quantum Network℠ powered by Qubitekk

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has become the first academic institution to be connected to EPB Quantum Network℠ powered by Qubitekk. In late 2022, EPB and Qubitekk jointly launched the nation’s first industry-led, commercially available quantum network for running equipment and applications in an established fiber optic environment. UTC is connected to the network via a node within a quantum technology laboratory on campus.

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Pine Species Thrives When Burnt, so Southerners Rekindle 'Fire Culture' to Boost Its Range

Using new tools to revive an old communal tradition, they set fire to wiregrasses and forest debris with a drip torch, corralling embers with leaf blowers.
Wimberley, 65, gathers groups across eight North Carolina counties to starve future wildfires by lighting leaf litter ablaze. The burns clear space for longleaf pine, a tree species whose seeds won't sprout on undergrowth blocking bare soil. Since 2016, the fourth-generation burner has fueled a burgeoning movement to formalize these volunteer ranks.

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