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What we're reading: drugs from green algae

Solar tech testing; green algae for pharma; healthier smoking; smart roofs; perfect insulation.

1.) Chevron has installed 7,700 solar panels at a California site to test seven different technologies.

2.) Using green algae to manufacture pharmaceuticals could slash production costs by 1,000 times.

3.) According to Australian researchers, you may soon be able to smoke without some health repercussions.

4.) Used cooking oil can be used to make smart roofs that are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

5.) Scientists at MIT have developed what could be called a near-perfect insulator. First stop? Space.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com