Ruth Kassinger – Slime

Say algae and most people think of pond scum. What they don’t know is that without algae, none of us would exist.

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo, and so much more.

In Slime we’ll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists using it to clean the dead zones in our waterways, to the entrepreneurs fighting to bring algae fuel and plastics to market.

With a multitude of lively, surprising science and history, Ruth Kassinger takes listeners on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Whether you thought algae was just the gunk in your fish tank or you eat seaweed with your oatmeal, Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming.

Author: Ruth Kassinger
Narrator: Xe Sands
Duration: 9 hours 7 minutes
Released: 19 Nov 2006
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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A fairly entertaining and informative read (or listen), with new facts which I hadn’t known about which were discussed with relish. However, i was a bit sad when Ruth Kassinger dragged up that 100+ year old misconception about taste buds and the tongue map or taste map is the chapter mentioning miso soup. Research, please. That was debunked over 40 years ago, but still seems to worm its way into all sorts of article, books, journals, etc. Other than that singular inaccuracy I was able to soldier on and finished the book with glee.