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Cultured Seaweed
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Cultured Algae

Did you know that seaweed is in fact multicellular algae? In August's box, StemBox partners with the steminist led company Cultured Algae to bring these marine microorganisms to your front door. This kit explores threed differen types of seaweed: brown, red, and green seaweed. With the necessary supplies to culture your ocean organisms you can explore variables that affect growth maintenance of these different organisms.

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Research Seaweed On The Web!

  • Cultured Algae

    Where better to learn more about this monthy's box then the company who we partnered with to make it? At Cultured Algae's website you can explore more recommended experiments, learn more about the company, and find some fun and unique algae based art!
    Visit their website!

    Seaweed Facts

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is one of the most trusted resources you can use to learn more about ocean topics! Read on to find more information about how the NOAA defines what seaweed is and it's role in the environment.
    Check out their page here

    Bacon Seaweed

    This article is a very good case for why we need more steminists rsearching seaweed. At the University of Oregon researchers have discovered a strain of red seaweed that when fried tastes like bacon and has twice the nutritional value of kale. This cannot make it to the grocery store soon enough!
    Bacon Seaweed!

  • Algae Experiments

    If you're located near a source of naturally occuring algae you can concoct some of your very own science experiments at home! Seattle Pi has a great protocol for testing different growth conditions for algae at home if you can't get enough of this month's box or want some new ideas.
    Start experimenting!

    Otters Wearing Seaweed

    Recent research shows a suprising trend among otters, some of them have started weraing red algae in their fur. Is this good or bad for the otters and their population? Do some digging and check out this article to learn more about this strange development.
    Read about this otter trend!

    Algae Biodiesel

    How Stuff Works! explores how one of the most plentiful microogranisms on our planet can be used to create biodiesel in the midst of our planet's energy crisis. The search for alternative fuel sources may have a good lead in algae!
    Click here to learn more.

  • Video: Algae Biofuel

    Interested in seeeing how large scale implementation of algal biofuel is carried out? Check out this video by the Science Channel to see how scientists are working to use single colonies of algae as the start to gallons of algae cultures that are used to create the biofuel that may be the answer to the world's energy crisis.
    Watch the video here!

    The Good, The Bad, and The Algae

    In science, there are good and bad things that come with an organisms spread into an environment. This article and video by NASA explore the effects of toxic cyanobacteria that accompany an algal bloom. Soon you can help detect early outbreaks by downloading their app!
    Read the article to learn more!

    10 Fun Facts

    Finally, for those of us who are mostly into the TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read) version of information, here are 10 fun facts about algae provided by the Audubon Society! Happy reading!
    10 Fun Facts Here!

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The last day to sign up for the Cultured Algae Box was August 10th.

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Troubleshooting the
Cultured Algae Box

The Cultured Algae flasks will live anywhere from a couple of months to a year. It depends on where you put them. Make sure they are not too hot or cold (cooler is better) and that they don't get too much light. Remember they live under water, so they only need a little bit of low light!

A good place is on a bookshelf or desk where there is only a little bit of light. They make great bathroom decorations as well. Just keep them out of direct light and keep them somewhere you can observe them over time.

Most likely the algae in the flasks will live for at least a couple of months. If you find a cool glass container that you'd like to transfer your algal culture to, you can always order more seawater plus nutrients from Cultured Algae's website. You have your forceps and pipette, so don't throw them out!

If your StemBox is missing pieces or you're having other issues, email us!
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We are happy to help and will do our best to send you a replacement piece asap!