Green gold on the salt flats of Abu Dhabi

Lke 21st century oil prospectors, researchers from Abu Dhabi have been roaming the open desert with geospatial mapping software, scouting for treasure in the sands.

But instead of seeking black crude bubbling beneath the soil, they are looking for blooms of green – the color of a particularly hardy strain of algae, AAH001. It is native to Abu Dhabi, and the scientists hope it could eventually usher in another energy boom for the UAE. [Read more]