Bloom: a traction pad made from algae | Photo: Bloom

Two companies have announced the launch of the world's first algae-derived traction pad.

Algix and Effect have joined forces to create Bloom, a brand that will explore the possibilities behind eco-friendly foams. One of their products is the surf pad.

"Surfers, standup paddlers, and skimboarders commonly utilize closed cell foams for traction when recreating. Bloom offers the best in environmentally thoughtful foams without sacrificing durability and performance. Once you sink your feet into Bloom foam you won't ever go back!" the company underlines.

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Deep Blue: the world's largest great white shark | Photo: Mauricio Hoyos Padilla

A group of marine scientists has filmed what is considered to be one of the largest great white sharks ever found on Planet Earth.

"Deep Blue" is a 50-year-old female great white shark. She was spotted near Guadalupe Island, a volcanic island located 150 miles off the coast of Baja California.

"When I saw 'Deep Blue' for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: hope. A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working," explains Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, a member of the scientific team that encountered the shark and director of shark conservation group Pelagios Kakunja.

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Los Angeles: 96 million black balls to prevent evaporation of 300 million gallons of water | Photo: LAPWD

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has dumped 96 million black balls into its local reservoir in Sylmar, California.

The shade balls will block out the sunlight and help ensure the highest quality drinking water for Los Angeles, ensuring it is clean, pure, and delivered at the lowest rates in Southern California.

The 175-acre water reservoir was totally covered with small, black plastic balls to prevent sunlight-triggered chemical reactions, deter birds and other wildlife, and protect water from rain and wind-blown dust.

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