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The Magic of Living Ink – See This Timelapse Greeting Card

There’s something new on the horizon – ink made from algae. The company Living Ink Tech will ship a glass greeting card for you. While it looks like two clear plates of glass at first, the message appears as it grows in a bright window.

The company was founded by Scott Fulbright and Steve Albers, PhD students in Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University, here in Fort Collins.

Here’s more about Steve Albers from their website:

Currently, Steve is engineering a strain of algae that is capable of producing a bio-fuel molecule that resembles diesel fuel. He is also engineering a strain of algae that makes Astaxanthin, a molecule capable of protecting cells from dangerous toxins.

From their website, Scott is working on optimizing “algae productivity for biofuels and bioproducts using molecular biology methods.” He is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program Fellow.

Although this is a fun start, this technology has future applications in reducing the amount of ink used in the world on countless books, print-outs, business materials, and more. (I am imagining here adding water and light to the back of my home printer.)

I would like to more about the possibility of having different colored inks in the future, and whether their application would appear immediately, or would appear over time. (Photos to follow, once I have permission.)

Living Ink Tech will be speaking on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, at 1 Million Cups NoCo Chapter (on in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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