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  In a tireless pursuit of providing the best bioluminescent experience possible, our bespectacled team of scientists has been hard at work in the lab developing a new Dino Food formulation. And boy, did they hit it out of the park! Brighter — As you can see from the graph below, the new Dino Food formula (red) increased the peak brightness of the dinoflagellates by almost 50%. What’s more, the little dinos are able to sustain their bioluminescence longer without additional agitation. Faster — The micronutrients in Dino Food 2.0 have also proven to produce quicker growth and reproduction. That means...

The Top 10 Science Stories from April, 2015 In April, rockets landed on autonomous barges (sorta), bullets started guiding themselves and the Brontosaurus got some long-awaited vindication.   10 — So Heady — Like a real-life Dr. Frankenstein without the need for lightning, an Italian neurosurgeon just found a volunteer for his probably way-too-ambitious plan to perform the first human head transplant (or human body transplant, if you want to be all precise about it). To make matters all the more creepy, he’s taken to posing with fake human heads to gain publicity. (check out one such photo & read...

Dearest friends of BioPop, To celebrate Earth Day, we’ll be hosting a bonfire at Moonlight Beach on Wednesday, April 22nd and we’d like to invite you, our awesome supporters, to come hang out with us. If you’re in the San Diego area, please join us for refreshments, intellectually electrifying conversation and the roll-out of a bioluminescent carpet for the kids! What: Meet & greet with the BioPop team, refreshments, and we’ll be rolling out a Bioluminescent Carpet for the kids! Where: Moonlight Beach — 498 B St. Encinitas, CA 92024. Click here for directions! When: Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:15PM-9:00PM...

Did you think that tree in your front yard was the only thing scrubbing the filthy, carbon-dioxide-choked air to provide you with oxygen? Well then, let BioPop and EarthSky.org learn you a little something. As much as 85% of the world’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton like the dinoflagellates in the Dino Pet! This not only puts glory-hogging trees to shame, but also reinforces the importance of keeping the world’s oceans healthy. When environments become polluted, vulnerable little organisms like phytoplankton are among the first to suffer. via EarthSky.org: "Scientists agree that there’s oxygen from ocean plants in every breath...

This just in! A band of scientists have officially produced renewable propane by engineering human-gut bacteria to be even more gassy! Cue the comedy rimshot… Basically, they did a bunch of extremely brilliant science stuff to engineer E. coli to produce three enzymes that, with their powers combined, produce relatively clean-burning propane. Sustainably. As in forever, without running out. All our energy woes will be gone! Though, this won’t solve other *cough* climate *cough* problems we’re experiencing right now. While propane isn’t as bad as coal or say… gasoline, it kind of is. According to the US Energy Information Administration,...

Happy Dino Pet Eve, everybody! In just 8 short hours the Dino Pet Early Access Sale will commence, allowing you a chance to get a Dino Pet before they officially go on sale. In honor of this historic occasion, I thought I'd take a moment to answer 2014's most pressing question: What is this Dino Pet thing everybody's going on about?   Simply put, the Dino Pet is a living art piece, children's toy, introductory pet, biological magic trick, conversation starter, science lesson and much, much more all packed into one stylishly simple little shell. You give it a minimal...

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