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  • Biomass-Based Solar Cells from Shrimp

    Using hydrothermal carbonization, researchers at Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) School of Engineering and Materials Science in the UK have exacted carbon nanodots from shrimp cells and applied them to zinc-oxide nanorods to make biomass-based solar cells. More info

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  • Mantis shrimp inspires new body armor

    The mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a hammer-like appendage that can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of “shear waves,” according to new research by Univ. of California, Riverside and Purdue Univ. engineers. The club is made of a composite material containing fibers of chitin, the same substance found in many marine

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  • Mar. Drugs, Volume 13, Issue 6 (June 2015), Pages 3259-3991 Released

    MDPI us pleased to announce the publication of the following issue of Marine Drugs: Mar. Drugs, Volume 13, Issue 6 (June 2015), Pages 3259-3991   Table of Contents Special Issue Marine Peptides and Their Mimetics Article: Structural and Functional Characterization of a Novel α-Conotoxin Mr1.7 from Conus marmoreusTargeting Neuronal nAChR α3β2, α9α10 and α6/α3β2β3 Subtypes by Shuo Wang, Cong Zhao, Zhuguo Liu, Xuesong Wang,

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  • India-France Sign MoU to establish a Marine Biology Institute

    a(MOU) was signed in the presence of Prime Ministers of India and France during a recent visit Shri Narendra Modi to France, for establishing an Institute for frontier Marine Science & Technology Research in the five years. Under the MOU India?s Department of Biotechnology would join hands with the Université Pierre Et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the Centre National de

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  • Algae-to-animal-feed start-up gets $7M funding boost

    A Plymouth-based biotech startup, which uses algae fermentation to improve animal feed and enhance food safety, is getting a $7-million boost to accelerate its growth. Algal Scientific is expected to announced Series B funding round today, led by Formation 8 Partners of San Francisco, along with investment firms from Germany and Chicago. More info

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  • Bio-marine Ireland Ltd gets green light for €40m project

    Donegal County Council has granted initial planning permission for the construction of a €40m, seven-acre facility, for Bio-marine Ingredients Ltd, adjacent to the new pier in Killybegs, Co Donegal. According to chief executive, Jason Whooley, BII is projected to create 70 long-term jobs and a further 50 jobs in the construction phase.”This project fits very comfortably into the recently launched Action

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  • Shrimp Shells Yield Cheap Solar Cells

    Electricity-generating solar cells have been created from the chemicals found shells of shrimp and other crustaceans, for the first time. The materials chitin and chitosan, found in the shells, are abundant and significantly cheaper to produce than the expensive metals such as ruthenium, which is similar to platinum, that are currently used in making nanostructured solar-cells. Currently the efficiency of

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