Thank you for your patience! The household is currently recovering from the flu.
What Malcolm is talking about is actual true blue science. By organic pollutants, he means "pesticides such as DDT and lindane, industrial chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and substances such as dioxins, which are the unwanted by-products of manufacturing and combustion processes" (World Ocean Review).
In a moment of what is currently science fiction, Malcolm discovered a way to modify microalgae that breaks down a wide variety of pollutants such as plastic, styrofoam, and making it so oil reacts to water differently, making for easy cleanup (Without harming the ecosystem it is introduced to). Essentially, if this works, he and NIOSD are up for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Typically, Malcolm would have been more than willing to break down his research in layman's terms, but it's extremely difficult to explain what he's doing to two people who are scientifically illiterate. Tiberius knows what algae is by sight, not by name, hence his pronunciation of "al-gae". But Malcolm has a headache and has had a rough 24 hours, and he wasn't feeling particularly generous.
In other news, the Christmas Tree Worm has won December's Sea Creature of the Month! I will be doing a livedraw for the postcard and Patreon wallpaper this weekend (likely Saturday evening EST), so be sure to subscribe to my Picarto to get notifications for when I'm live. You are also able to vote for the sea creature of the month through Twitter.
And speaking of Sea Creature of the Month, my Uncle in law recorded a lovely encounter with a Hawaiian Monk Seal (November's)! Be sure to check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=YObLStPnkuQ
Finally, Patreon has had a bit of a makeover, with THREE additional tiers for even more goodies starting in December. If you like the comic and are able to contribute financially, consider becoming a Patron today! I am available for commissions starting in January 2019.