Under the Microscope
by Dr Sarah Robinson

The arctic snow is showing signs of getting darker as black carbon particles fall to earth while the snow and ice becomes redder with Chlamydomonas nivalis algae blooms.

The cellular mechanisms for these unicellular algae organisms display phototaxis as an eye spot on the side of the cell wall sees cycadean rhythms. These organisms are responsible for Red Algae blooms and can position themselves using flagella to swim. This enables the cell to metaphorically see and position itself in the best place for light and hence growth in the snow. In my mind Phototrophic algae link black ice to etching alchemy as a proposition to construct etching plate sensors in the wilderness.

How will these plates sense in the light and dark?

What boundaries will be lost between us and digital technology?