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Visual of Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Experience bio design at Dutch Design Week 2019

Bio design crosses the border between the ‘made’ and the ‘born’. Enabling living organisms as essential design elements, it brings us products that adapt, grow, sense and repair …

Visual of Design your future family

Design your future family

Here, you are allowed to design your reproductive lifestyle and intimate relationships without any biological, economical and technological limitations.

Visual of Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

Lessons in bio design with Emma van der Leest

As a young bio designer at the start of your career, you'll have to overtake all kinds of obstacles. From the collection of living materials to working in a laboratory and …

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.

Visual of Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

Next Generation: Biophilic design with Daniel Elkayam

This story is part of Next Generation, a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how synthetic biology inspires her for designing the cars of the future.

Visual of NATURE: Where biology and design merge

NATURE: Where biology and design merge

Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade and Cooper Hewitt in New York present the comprehensive exhibition NATURE - in which internationally renowned designers, artists and inventors …

Visual of Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Design on the Border of Technology and Biology Demands Us to 'Mother' Nature

Designer and architect Neri Oxman explores how digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Watch the TED talk.

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

If we are going to mutate the made & the born, let us at least do this creatively.

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Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you’ve got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of The Plastic Problem #1: Biobased and Biodegradable Plastic

The Plastic Problem #1: Biobased and Biodegradable Plastic

What are then the actions to foster for an effective sustainability? A series of articles will try to point the plastic poblem.

Visual of When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

A entomologist gives another explanation for that famous fruit fly with ant-patterned wings: it's not evolution, it's human error.

Visual of The things we design end up designing us

The things we design end up designing us

"While battling the forces of nature, man has become more and more independent of physical conditions. At the same time, however, he has become more and more dependent of …

Visual of Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

In configuring our next nature, artists and scientists explore new languages that move beyond the Anthropocene - the era of human beings. These semantics would bridge the gap …

Visual of Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

Bio textiles: Meet six designers changing the future of fashion

We live in a world of fast or disposable fashion. This industry is increasingly impacting the environment due to the use of toxic chemicals, water and energy consumption, heavy …

Visual of Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

Interview: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer and Synthetic Biology Expert

An interview with Daisy Ginsberg, artist and synthetic biologist.

Visual of Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Suzanne Lee wants to live in a sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil

Biotechnology is nearly as old as humanity itself. The food you eat and the pets you love? You can thank our ancestors for kickstarting the agricultural revolution, using …

Visual of An introduction to Biomimicry

An introduction to Biomimicry

The first time I explained biomimicry to a stranger was not in a talk or a workshop but in a big-box bookstore just after Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature had come out. I …

Visual of Nine creatives in biotech you need to know right now

Nine creatives in biotech you need to know right now

The field of biofabrication is still new to most people. As founder and CEO of Biofabricate, Suzanne Lee shared with us this exciting online event series Creatives in Biotech . If …

Visual of How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

Humans have been manipulating living things for thousands of years. Examples of early biotechnologies include domesticating plants and animals and then selectively breeding them …

Visual of A Designers take on Intelligent Design

A Designers take on Intelligent Design

://nextnature.net A typographical film on the term ' Intelligent Design ' and its relation with design. Created by Christian Bramsiepe from the Köln International School of Design …

Visual of Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Beyond Biomimicry: A New Urgency

Designers face an unprecedented urgency to alter their methods and reprioritize their goals to address the accelerating degradation of the environment. This new …

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

Visual of The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses the promises and realities of synthetic biology.

Visual of In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something …

Visual of There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

There's a new urgency for speculative design. Here's why

Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids - how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the …

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and animals. Nowadays, people integrate nature-time, body-time, inner-time, clock-time, and global 24/7 systems-time. Human beings, in past, current and next natures, have to deal with emergence and design of time in order to survive.

Visual of Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

Structuring biomimicry, improving building's resiliency

The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference …

Visual of The Biosphere Code Manifesto

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

During the event The Biosphere Code, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

Visual of Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

Discussing bio-based material experiences with Elvin Karana

The world of design is in need of new materials that align with the urgency for sustainability. Issues such as climate change, plastic waste and harmful materials require us to …

Visual of 10 Biomimic Gadgets

10 Biomimic Gadgets

Coming across an image like this, makes one wonder at first: is it a giant punch-bag? Some sort of soft water-drop-sculpture? No, it is the Emergency Outdoor Survival Cocoon , …

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Over time, our bodies, our food and our environment have become more and more subject to design. As designers, we hold the responsibility and have the unique chance to envision …

Visual of Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

Green electricity, Organic Shampoo, Jaguar convertibles, Red Bull, Bio Beef, Alligator gardening tools, Camel cigarettes and Puma sneakers. Once you develop an eye for it, it is …

Visual of This bio-brick is made out of urine mixed with sand and bacteria

This bio-brick is made out of urine mixed with sand and bacteria

The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an …

Visual of The beginner's guide to biohacking

The beginner's guide to biohacking

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term 'biohacking'? Perhaps you are now thinking of a bunch of kids sitting in their kitchen with a DNA kit, (wannabe) …

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Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is a manmade closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, it was used to test if and how people could live and work in a closed …

Visual of BioStream

BioStream

A renewable energy technology company in Australia designed this power generation system inspired by the shape of the tailfins of sharks, tuna and mackerel. The currents on the …

Visual of How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

Leather is one of the oldest and most versatile materials in the world. It’s a supple, tough, relatively strong and durable material and it’s relatively impermeable, yet …

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Bionic Woman

26-year old Claudia Mitchell has become the first woman to get outfitted with a bionic arm , with which she's able to perform functions simply by thinking about them. The arm was …

Visual of Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

The extent to which new technologies are intervening with everyday life can hardly be underestimated. Virtual realities, nano- and biotechnology are increasingly providing new …

Visual of BP logo redesign

BP logo redesign

Over the past few months there has been a lot of commotion about the BP oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. It is considered as the largest offshore spill in U.S. …

Visual of Meet Biomimic Alyssa Stark

Meet Biomimic Alyssa Stark

Using biology as a model for innovation and progress, Alyssa Stark embodies the essence of Biomimicry.

Visual of Biopresence - Human DNA Trees

Biopresence - Human DNA Trees

Imagine a graveyard without tombstones, instead there are growing trees that contain genetic material of the deceased people burried there. Biopresence creates Human DNA trees by …

Visual of Grow Your Own Bio Bot

Grow Your Own Bio Bot

Researches at the University of Illinois released a step by step guide to build 3D printed bio robots with living muscles.

Visual of Food Design in the 21th Century

Food Design in the 21th Century

Old nature provided us with a wide variety of food: fresh milk, crispy vegetables, nutritious meat. Yet this is not enough, we want more: We want a printed steak , square …

Visual of Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

4th of December Dr Van Mensvoort lectures in New York at the BIOFABRICA summit. Other speakers include Paola Antonelli and Andras Forgac.

Visual of Reinventing Nature with Synthetic Biology

Reinventing Nature with Synthetic Biology

Bioengineer Drew Endy shares his idea of biology as a precision manufacturer that could potentially transform civilization as we know it.

Visual of Bioprinting in Hawai

Bioprinting in Hawai

This Fall, the 1st world Bioprinting Congress is organized in Honolulu, Hawai. Four whole days of biopatterning, bioassembly and biofabrication! The ironic choice of location …

Visual of Playing with Microbes – Biotic Games

Playing with Microbes – Biotic Games

Stanford researchers are developing 'biotic games' involving paramecia and other living organisms. So far, they have created three games that mimic classic video games. The …

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The Institute for Digital Biology

" The Institute for Digital Biology researches next steps in the evolution of the internet, where websites and services develop into living creatures ." This scenario lives in the …

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Dutch Design Award Nomination

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook is nominated for the 2014 Dutch Design Award!

Visual of Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution, Tuesday 30th June.

Visual of Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Icelandic Product Design student Ari Jónsson has used red algae powder and water to create a biodegradable water bottle.

Visual of Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

It is official: the Green Blues has begun. Almost all bio-fuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing …

Visual of Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Researchers Fernandez and Ingber imitated chitin in order to produce durable, biodegradable plastics.

Visual of Design Your Own Vegetables

Design Your Own Vegetables

With her project Future Food Formula, food designer Chloé Rutzerveld is looking for innovative methods to design vegetables.

Visual of Bio inspired Architecture

Bio inspired Architecture

This cell-shaped building for the institute for Nanobiomedical Technology & Membrane Biology in Chengdu, China, is an unusual croos-disciplinary collaboration between MIT …

Visual of Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Designing for Next Nature: selected proposals

Some months ago we sent out a call for proposals asking for visions, statements & ideas on we how we can design, build and live in next nature. We received an overwhelming …

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Designing for NextNature @ TU Eindhoven

Starting February 2009 the Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology takes Next Nature as one of its educational themes. The Industrial Design …

Visual of Who designed the banana?

Who designed the banana?

Looking at a banana from a design perspective, one immediately notices the fruit is highly ergonomic and sophisticated: Bananas fit perfectly in the human hand, they come with a …

Visual of 3D Bioprinter promises tissue on demand

3D Bioprinter promises tissue on demand

Behold "the world's first production model 3D bio-printer." A machine capable of arranging human cells and artificial scaffolds into complex three-dimensional structures, which …

Visual of Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

Keep it cool with the Bio-Robot Fridge

The Bio Robot fridge is a speculative product that uses a non sticky, odourless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. The idea is that the gel cools by absorbing heat …

Visual of Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Filter and recover antibiotics from drinking water using only bacteria, water and sunlight.

Visual of The Bionic Kangaroo

The Bionic Kangaroo

The BionicKangaroo technologically reproducesthe unique way a kangaroo moves.

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Biotech Hobbyist Magazine

The place on the Web for biotech thinkers, builders, experimenters, students, and others who love the intellectual challenge and stimulation of hobby biotech. Biotech Hobbyist …

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Biomapping

Bio Mapping is a research project which explores new ways that we as individuals can make use of the information we can gather about our own bodies. The project envisages new …

Visual of NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT Designing Nature - Exhibition & Debate

NAT, designing nature is about the interface where nature and culture, biology and design intertwine. An exhibition that is a cross between an exotic Garden of Eden and an illegal …

Visual of Bioinstinct

Bioinstinct

Designer Laura Boffi envisions a future in which human instincts will leap behind on technological progress. For example, once the 'disease called mortality' is cured with …

Visual of Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Bioluminescent Trees will Replace Streetlights?

Most people know about light emitting organisms such as jellyfishes, fireflies and mushrooms . Some time ago, genetic engineers transferred genes responsible for the luciferin and …

Visual of Who will Question Bio-Engineering?

Who will Question Bio-Engineering?

Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe presents a parade of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing monkeys , to genetically boosted salmon , to cyborg insects . He asks: isn't it …

Visual of Synthetic Biology for Dummies

Synthetic Biology for Dummies

Arguably the most accessible synthetic biology explanation video so far.

Visual of Bionic Plants

Bionic Plants

Scientists designed a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis, using nanotechnology.

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"Biomimicry", the Documentary

Biomimicry is a documentary on the topic of how life and biology can be the mentors for our own innovation in the world.

Visual of Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Bionic leaf fertilizes crops to make them weigh 150 percent more

Visual of Bioplastic

Bioplastic

Bioplastics are a form of plastics derived from plant sources such as hemp oil, soy bean oil and corn starch rather than traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum. …

Visual of Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop

Designing for Next Nature Workshop. This weekend at the Media Design Program @ Art Center College of Design . See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

Economy is ecology? Technology Review writes the price of oil has dipped to levels that could be far too low for many advanced-biofuel startups to succeed, especially those that …

Visual of Biomodd at work

Biomodd at work

Modding is the act of adapting hardware/software to have it do what you want it to do, which does not always correlate with what it is originally built to do. Biomodd (ding) is …

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Bionic man

An showcase of what we are currently capable of installing in human beings.

Visual of Design Indaba Interview

Design Indaba Interview

Our South African friends of Design Indaba made a nifty little video of the presentation we did at What Design Can Do this spring.

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The "Silk Pavilion" Combines Digital and Biological Architecture

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the warms build pavilions made of polygonal silk panels.

Visual of Bioluminescent Forest

Bioluminescent Forest

Two artists transformed the forest into a bioluminescent wonderland.

Visual of Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

From nutrients within an organism, to organisms within collectives, to populations within a territory and so on - nature offers models on how to deal with highly complex systems.

Visual of Biomimicry in Action

Biomimicry in Action

An inspiring topic about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus gave a talk on how nature influenced our future.

Visual of How Amazon trees write their own autobiographies

How Amazon trees write their own autobiographies

Tropical forests are one of the world’s largest carbon stores and they help regulate the global climate. But they’re being erased at a terrifying rate. Deforestation claimed an …

Visual of RedesignMe

RedesignMe

We are all born in a world that has been designed already. Cars, dishwashers, dildo's, remote controls, ATM machines. Although these products are supposed to make life better, …

Visual of Forward to the Dark Ages: Our Horrifying Post-Antibiotic Future

Forward to the Dark Ages: Our Horrifying Post-Antibiotic Future

The world is returning to the era when a scraped knee or ear infection could lead to sudden, swift death.

Visual of Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

Our Cookbook Wins Dutch Design Award

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook won the Design Research Award.

Visual of Bio is the New Digital

Bio is the New Digital

Parallel to the democratization of computers some decades ago, biotech is rapidly becoming more accessible to creative people outside of closed institutions.

Visual of Bionic Ants That Work Together

Bionic Ants That Work Together

These robotic ants by Festo are learning to work together, like real ants do.

Visual of First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

First Bionic Rose with Electronic Circuits

For the first time, researchers at the University of Linkoping , Sweden, have succeeded in establishing organic circuits within living plants. They combined electronics with the …

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Biojewellery

Designing Rings with Bioengineered Bone Tissue. Married couples used to wear a ring as a symbol of their affective relationship. But with these bioengineered rings made out of …

Visual of Biomimicmarketing

Biomimicmarketing

The sciences of biomimicry studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs to solve human problems: Culture imitates nature. The Black&Decker …

Visual of Biotypography

Biotypography

Israelian typographer Oded Ezer looks at the world from his point of view, through letters and numbers. So why not turn the world into typography. A short interview taken from …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Nowadays, children know more corporate logo's and brands than bird or tree species. The average Western person has more worries about the instability of financial markets and …

Visual of Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

Created by Bruce Mau , who is not so much interested in the world of design, as in the design of the world. See also Napkin Sketch – Nature changes along with us .

Visual of Biodiversity of Green Brands is Increasing

Biodiversity of Green Brands is Increasing

This collection of green, leafy, eco, enviro, bio, organic logo's was collected by Andrew Kinnear . See also: Five strategies of biomimicmarketing , Biodiversity in the …

Visual of BioPong

BioPong

Techno-artists love insects. Especially their unpredictable behaviour. Eindhoven (NL) based design studio Ehdv used tracking software and connected some camera’to a bunch of wood …

Visual of Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Bioprinting in the Kitchen of the Future

Cultivator is speculative design project on how bioprinting could find its way into the kitchen of the future.

Visual of Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability

Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability

Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, has invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens : lenses that after being implanted through an eight minute surgery, improve eyesight …

Visual of Designed to Survive Our Roads

Designed to Survive Our Roads

A road safety campaign in the Australian state of Victoria exposed an educational, yet confronting picture to raise awareness to the vulnerable human body on the road.

Visual of Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo to share some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

HUBOT: Meet the Organ Designer

As an organ designer, you develop genetic algorithms from which organs are grown to perfectly fit the recipient’s body, but also to meet the personal wishes of the patient.

Visual of The Biodegradable Credit Card

The Biodegradable Credit Card

No question about it, Americans have an overconsumption problem. The total outstanding balance of bank-issued credit cards per consumer was $5,710 in December 2008, according to …

Visual of Bio-engineered Football

Bio-engineered Football

With the knowledge that footballs were once made of pig's bladder and that in 2006 the first artificial bladder was transplanted into a patient, artist John O’Shea  designed the …

Visual of Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

A new implant lets blind people see letters, crosswalks and people.

Visual of Biological Bakery

Biological Bakery

Lucy McRae and Rachel Wingfield made a edible DIY bio fab–lab called the Biological Bakery.

Visual of The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

What happens to robots that are no longer needed? In the future robots will be biodegradable.

Visual of Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Royal College of Art graduate Dani Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

Visual of Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

Fake for Real: Design for the Masses

The delicate armchair depicted at left is a Finnish design created in 1931-1932 by architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), who in Scandinavia is sometimes called the …

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iBiogenetics

In 1998 at the introduction of the iMac , Apple declared that the "i" stood for "internet". Apple later adopted the "i" prefix across its consumer hardware and software lines. …

Visual of Biomechanical Energy Harvesting

Biomechanical Energy Harvesting

Let's face it: every time your cellphone battery runs empty you feel amputated and you quickly run back to your house to connect to a powering-adapter. Bionic Power Inc. is now …

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Bionic woman

More bionic experiments can be found here .

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Design for dummies

Creativity for all! Design used to be predestined to a select group of qualified brand–owning designers. That model is made redundant. At least, if it is up to Studio Ludens in …

Visual of Bionic Pinguins

Bionic Pinguins

Festo Bionic Learning Lab demonstrates their new technologies inspired by nature. Another step towards artificial pets replacing extincted animals, or just an exposé of scientific …

Visual of Motorola's Agressive Biomimicmarketing

Motorola's Agressive Biomimicmarketing

Finally a piece of biomimicmarketing (= using images of nature to market a product) that portrays nature as aggressive and destructive, rather than the idealizing and …

Visual of Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that four of their “ REMUS 100 ” unmanned underwater vehicles sailed off-radar and stopped responding to commands. The ‘bots were part of a …

Visual of Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

Next Nature Lecture @ DesignMarch Island

If you happen to be in the neighborhood you may want to attend the Next Nature lecture at the Island Design March on March 22 in the "most northerly capital in the world". If you …

Visual of When Biomimicmarketing Kills

When Biomimicmarketing Kills

Loosely regulated and largely untested in clinical trials, herbal medicines nonetheless do big business based on their image of being wholesome, natural, and backed by millennia …

Visual of Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

LifeHand 2: a prosthetic hand that infers the ability to feel rudimentary shapes and forms by touch.

Visual of Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Empowered by Robots Design Challenge

Wanted: New jobs for humans and robots! Which designers, technicians, robot enthusiasts will help us with innovative, feasible ideas for the new jobs of the future?

Visual of Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

As emerging biotechnologies are blurring the lines between synthetic food and natural food, who will regulate cellular agriculture?

Visual of Envisioning the future of artificial biological reproduction in Mexico

Envisioning the future of artificial biological reproduction in Mexico

The debate on the future of artificial biological reproduction is moving to Mexico. C Minds, an impact innovation agency that believes in ‘a 4th Industrial Revolution that brings …

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Designer pets

If your house just isn't big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I …

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Lunch talk @ Art Center College of Design

Lunch talk at the Art Center College of Design on March 5th. See also: Call for Proposals .

Visual of Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere . With the great pacific garbage patch now twice …

Visual of 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design: Introduction

Welcome to the 11 part series The Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Product Design. In this series, we will be examining how designers can better integrate human-like forms or …

Visual of Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Unlock our devices with our fingerprint, this technology for security represents a change in our digital life.

Visual of NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

NANO Supermarket nominated for Dutch Design Award

Our traveling NANO Supermarket is nominated for a Dutch Design Award. Winners will be announced late October.

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Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked 'real time' through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.

Visual of The Designer who Grows Furniture

The Designer who Grows Furniture

Gavin Munro is creating a farm where planted trees can be grown around braces and harvested as fully formed chairs, sculptures, lamps, and tables.

Visual of Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Plastic artist Agi Haines explores hypothetical scenarios for surgically implanted body enhancements in babies.

Visual of Designer babies: the kids of the future?

Designer babies: the kids of the future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism?

Visual of Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science …

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Design = No sign

The Wilson Quarterly profiles the in January 2008 departed traffic engineer, Hans Monderman , of the "less is more" school of traffic control: " (...) Previously, Monderman, like …

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Design Your Sims

IKEA is going to sell furniture with Electronic Arts via The Sims 2 game. Soon, it will be possible for you game addicts, to refurbish your Sims living room into your own …

Visual of How biotech will drive our evolution

How biotech will drive our evolution

Are you ready for some techno-optimism? Buckle up and enjoy the ride with bio-tech evangelist Gregory Stock . Some quotes from his prophetic TED talk : "We are seizing control of …

Visual of Bioinspired Robojelly Can Swim Forever

Bioinspired Robojelly Can Swim Forever

Scientists have developed a biomimetic robot that will be able to swim forever, since its artificial muscles are powered by water. And since Robojelly lives underwater, it will …

Visual of Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

A Chinese inventor created a $24,500 robot from junkyard scraps.

Visual of Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

Aagje Hoekstra has developed a bioplastic made of of dead beetles called Coleoptera.

Visual of Design by Termite

Design by Termite

Why not outsource your laser engraving jobs to termites?

Visual of The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

Scientists say they can reverse aging by reprogramming the genome.

Visual of Biomimicmarketed Medicin

Biomimicmarketed Medicin

Enjoying the view in Italy, all I could think of was medicin.

Visual of Dog Design

Dog Design

Highly designed pet products—

Visual of Brain biometric key

Brain biometric key

Using electrodes positioned around a person's scalp, scientists from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Greece are developping a method for electronic identification …

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Lecture at Art Center College of Design

Visual of Biodiversity in the Supermarket

Biodiversity in the Supermarket

Some say global biodiversity is decreasing. I am not entirely sure.

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Synthetic biology demystified

://nextnature.net The expanding research culture of synthetic biology demystified in this TV item on the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition . Via Posthuman …

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BioPong II

This time no technological enhanced roosters, dogs, cats or wood lice, but sheep! The famous viral Extreme Shepherding by The Baaa-Studs.

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Debugged: 'Graphic Design Bugs'

The Eindhoven-based design team ' Edhv ' made an installation to turn creepy crawlers into genuine graphic designers. By letting crickets, woodlice, ants and many other insects …

Visual of Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

Design Fiction – Medical Bill of the Future

According to this fictitious future medical bill almost every part of the human body will be repairable in 2028. Gut bacteria replacement, Bone tissue growth for skull repair, …

Visual of Inkjet Bio-Printing the Skin

Inkjet Bio-Printing the Skin

In the series of bio-printer stories this inkjet-like bio-printer seems to be the most convincing product to hit the market soon. It sprays skin cells directly onto burn victims,  …

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What is Synthetic Biology?

Dig the three minute introduction. Script by Claudia Vickers, Animation by Orlando Mee, Produced by Stephan Kern.

Visual of Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

Le Bistro In Vitro @ Dutch Design Week

This whole week you can come and taste meat ice at Le Bistro In Vitro in the main hall of Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Nanosponges "Soak Up" Toxins and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Nano-scale sponges show promise for defeating a variety of bacteria and toxins.

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Banana by Design

If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.

Visual of Biomimicmarketed Strawberry Juice

Biomimicmarketed Strawberry Juice

Peculiar object of the week. See also Banana Juice box , Modernistic Watermelon , Cubic Fruit , How to grow an Orangina Bottle .

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Lecture @ Design Academy

If you happen to be in the neighborhood this Wednesday...

Visual of A Space-Faring Backup for Earth's Biota

A Space-Faring Backup for Earth's Biota

Elon Musk, the chief executive of spacecraft company SpaceX, believes we need to reinvigorate popular interest in space colonization, not just to boldly go where no man has gone …

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Biosphere meets Technosphere

Now who's gonna scare who? Our peculiar image of the week was sent in by Béla Zsigmond .

Visual of GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

In a twist on the classic " microbes that turn shit into petrol ", researchers at MIT have developed a bacterium that turns carbon dioxide into a direct substitute for gasoline. …

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Let the Drones take care of the Biosphere

Drones are typically thought of as flying spying robots, or even worse flying spying shooting robots. But could we also employ drones for good? The people of …

Visual of Medical Microbots Used to Perform Biopsy

Medical Microbots Used to Perform Biopsy

With recent successful experiments, we may see doctors switching from the single forceps to hordes of so-called microgrippers.

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Design Looking Backwards

Should digital technology imitate that which exists, or could it also surpass it?

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

Innovative Nostalgia

We humans simply feel more comfortable with technological change when it comes in a familiar form that refers to an existing and accepted object, habit, value, tradition or intuition.

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Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

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Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists and designers, yet the urgency to connect to nature is more pressing than ever. Environmental issues such as …

Visual of Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Interview with Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.

Visual of GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

GOGBOT Conference 2019: Your guide to a future with biotech

Look around you and try to find the most natural thing in the room you are in now. It is you. But for how long? Welcome to the wonderful world of bio design ; a world full of …

Visual of Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

Next Generation: Elissa Brunato's bio iridescent sequin shimmers with nature

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Would you like to see your work here?  Get in touch …

Visual of Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Interview: Pauline Van Dongen, Designer Merging Fashion and Technology

Dutch fashion designer specialized in wearable technology, Pauline van Dongen researches the human body in relation to its surroundings.

Visual of Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

Meet Pirjo Kääriäinen, professor of design driven fibre innovation at Aalto University, Finland. Kääriäinen founded CHEMARTS —a collaborative program at the university that brings …

Visual of Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Interview: Chloé Rutzerveld, Designer Who Wants to Grow Healthy 3D Printed Food

Food and Concept designer, Chloé Rutzerveld, explains her 3D food printing project Edible Growth.

Visual of Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

Visual of Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Seven Future Visions on In-Vitro Meat

Before we can decide if we will ever be willing to eat in-vitro, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us.

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Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Interview with Govert Flint, designer, architect and self-taught artist.

Visual of Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

Designer Dave Hakkens is putting plastic waste to better use

We recently handed this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open sourced recycling machines, he provides people around the world the knowledge to start recycling plastic locally.

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Bio-Printer Creates Living Body Parts

Bioprinter creates bespoke lab-grown body parts for transplant.

Visual of Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma designs for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

Visual of Designer Anouk Wipprecht combines fashion with robotics

Designer Anouk Wipprecht combines fashion with robotics

We met Anouk Wipprecht and talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

Visual of Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

Interview: Lining Yao, Interaction Designer and Maker of Novel Materials

We recently interviewed Lining Yao, Chinese interaction designer who uses organic materials as a technology that brings us back to nature.

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

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Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Ecosexuality reconceptualizes our perspective on the biosphere by having consensual experiences with it.

Visual of What an artificial womb may look like in the future

What an artificial womb may look like in the future

Consider this: in the future, artificial wombs could replace incubators as they mimic the natural environment of the female uterus. But what will these devices look like? And how …

Visual of Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Bionic Prosthetic Arm with Personal Drone

Why would you stick to an elbow, a wrist and five fingers if you could make anything? This guy got a game-inspired bionic arm.

Visual of Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Five (un)mundane things to do at Dutch Design Week 2019

Lining up plans for Dutch Design Week ? Once more, 2600 designers gather in over 120 locations during 450 events. So whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, …

Visual of Augmented Biology: Growing Ears on Apples

Augmented Biology: Growing Ears on Apples

A promising way to grow body parts: using an apple.

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Feelings Translated to Plants

Ambient Biomedia is an investigative project about using living beings, in particular plants, to display human lifestyle problems information. The working principle of our systems …

Visual of Sitting on Tofu

Sitting on Tofu

Italian Designer discovers new material. A ideal throne for a vegan king.

Visual of Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Hyundai envisions a future where your smart home is your driverless car, and vice versa.

Visual of Human Nature, designing the equilibrium with Koert van Mensvoort

Human Nature, designing the equilibrium with Koert van Mensvoort

Under the title Human Nature, designing the equilibrium, eleven designers will answer questions about a future in which Humankind and Nature enter into a new relationship. An …

Visual of Tulip Island - Design a Polder

Tulip Island - Design a Polder

A proposal to gain 600.000 m 2 of land near the Dutch coast recently came from the CDA (Dutch Christian-Democratic political party). The idea is to create a tulip-shaped island …

Visual of Microchips Learn to Repair Themselves

Microchips Learn to Repair Themselves

Taking a cue from the human brain, a new microchip can rewire itself after damage.

Visual of Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

These crystalline 'nanoflowers' were developed by Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho. The nanostructures of silicon carbide are grown from droplets of gallium on a …

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biomimic-propaganda

Visual of In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning …

Visual of A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A Stroll Through the Bubbles of Chemicals and Men

A stunning pre-history of the anthropocene

Visual of FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

Bacteria are traditionally perceived as infectious and unhealthy, but that is about to change. This week designer Jan van der Asdonk graduated from the Next Nature Lab at the TU/e …

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I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read Nicholas Carr's essay on the transhumanist dream of having wings.

Visual of An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

Visual of Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

Maurizio Montalti talks nature’s cycle of life

As modern humans, we are out of balance with our natural environment. With use of technology, we try to prolong our human lifespan and create materials that live longer than we …

Visual of Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

Next Generation: The virtual infinity of Scarlett Yang

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

Visual of Interview Matilde Boelhouwer: Making urban environments flower again

Interview Matilde Boelhouwer: Making urban environments flower again

Matilde Boelhouwer is a designer whose work speculates between art, design, science, biology and food. Matilde shapes this obligation into a studio which mainly focuses on the …

Visual of Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Interview: Rachel Armstrong, Innovative Scientist Who Wants to Grow Architecture

Rachel Armstrong discusses living buildings, Venice's foundations, millennial nature and how to improve our future.

Visual of Little Green Cows

Little Green Cows

The world is alight with algae fever. In this age of deep ecological design aspirations, the range of speculative design projects based on algae technology is growing. Algae are …

Visual of Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

We recently talked with Suzanne Lee about the textile industry and technology, growing leather in the lab, and the use of new alternative materials in the future of fashion.

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There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

So you’re triggered by our call for products and now you’re considering to send in one, two or maybe three of your brilliant products for the Nano Supermarket? Good. Or – and this …

Visual of Interview Nadine Bongaerts: 'We’re attempting to make foie gras based on stem cells'

Interview Nadine Bongaerts: 'We’re attempting to make foie gras based on stem cells'

Biosensors, cultivated meat and spider’s silk. For synthetic biologist and Next Nature ambassador Nadine Bongaerts, these are all advances towards a new world, where polluting …

Visual of Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

Next Generation: Unleashing nature’s untapped potential with Amelie Unger

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine. The …

Visual of Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius …

Visual of Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

Urban Skyfarm is a giant tree-shaped farm system for environmental improvement in food production and distribution.

Visual of Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Floating Underwater Self-Sufficient City

Asian architects of AT Design Office want to build an incredible floating underwater metropolis that is also self-sufficient.

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Out of Control

The Made and the Born: Neo-Biological civillization, written by Kevin Kelly, excerpt from Out of Control : The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, …

Visual of Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Interview with Liam Young on his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role in nature as humans.

Visual of What is a species?

What is a species?

A koala bear isn’t actually a bear, it’s a marsupial. Whales aren’t fish, they’re mammals . Tomatoes aren’t vegetables, they’re fruit . Almost nothing is actually a nut . Peanuts, …

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Next Nature Interview

For the Venezuelan Magazine Platanoverde , Gabriela Valdivieso y Lope Gutiarrez-Ruiz interviewed artist/scientist Koert van Mensvoort and discussed some of the idea's behind Next …

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Discover the art of the living at Centre Pompidou

Go forward to nature at the La Fabrique du Vivant (the Factory of Life), the newly opened exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Exhibiting the recent works of fifty …

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Nano Supermarket – Jury Report

Nanotechnology is an important emerging technology of our time – it radically intervenes with our sense of what is natural – yet most people are still relatively unaware of its …

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Anthropomorphobia

Are you familiar with the affliction? Anthropomorphobia is the fear of recognizing human characteristics in non-human objects. The term is a hybrid of two Greek-derived words: …

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NANO Supermarket Jury Report 2012

After the successful introduction of the NANO Supermarket in 2010 it became even more clear that the contest and the presented results produced discussions and many challenges to …

Visual of The age of cyborgs has arrived

The age of cyborgs has arrived

How many cyborgs did you see during your morning commute today? I would guess at least five. Did they make you nervous? Probably not; you likely didn’t even realize they were …

Visual of On the origin of the e-bike

On the origin of the e-bike

The oldest known serious candidate forerunner for the bicycle is the ‘running machine’ built by the German Baron Karl von Drais. His two-wheeled machine became known as the …

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Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek discusses the 'naturalization' of capitalism and how ecology became a new field of capitalist investment. He also argues that the ultimate …

Visual of From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

From Eco-Apartheid to Earth Democracy

Do humans exist merely to make money and use resources? Vandana Shiva believes humans have a higher purpose.

Visual of Nature through the Windshield

Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

Visual of Next Nature saves Old Nature

Next Nature saves Old Nature

Conservation workers ask synthetic biologists to help them save the world's endangered creatures and habitats.

Visual of Growing the Future of Meat

Growing the Future of Meat

Outside of the limits imposed by the edges of an animal’s body, the cells can reproduce and multiply until they exhaust the nutrients and space provided, filling petri dishes and vats to grow the future of meat.

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ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

We asked Sandra Rey, our third ECO Coin Award nominee, about her company Glowee and her hopes for illuminating the future in a more sustainable way.

Visual of Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer discusses the future of typography and the importance of dreaming

Oded Ezer is a typographer from Israel who never fails to push boundaries, or rather, discard them altogether. Ezer is a rebellious force that swings between commercial and …

Visual of Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

Next Nature and the Curse of Oil

The next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are escaping control, becoming autonomous, and forming the “next nature”.

Visual of Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

Adding a new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on …

Visual of The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

Solar cells are often considered an eyesore, used for their sustainability yet not for their beauty. Installed on roofs or in solar parks, they take up precious space. Well that’s …

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The Anthropocene Explosion

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, in which humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force.

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

Visual of How fungi can help create a green construction industry

How fungi can help create a green construction industry

The world of fungi has attracted a lot of interest and seems to be becoming very fashionable of late. A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, for example, is dedicated to …

Visual of Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

Next Generation: Pei-Ying Lin is cooking with viruses

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of Bacteria

Bacteria "R" Us

There is a domain of creatures that diffusively encircles an entire planet. There are so many of them that they occupy every conceivable ecological niche. Yet, despite their …

Visual of Grow Your Own - Call for Projects

Grow Your Own - Call for Projects

Science Gallery is calling synthetic biologists, bio-artists, bio-designers, amateur biotechnologists and bio-hackers to submit proposals for projects for their upcoming flagship exhibition GROW YOUR OWN.

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Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

Hooray! The team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of How modern technology is inspired by the natural world

How modern technology is inspired by the natural world

What do a kingfisher, cocklebur pods and a Namibian beetle have in common? Besides being living organisms, they have all served as inspiration for creative human technologies to …

Visual of Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

Next Generation: Mathilde Rougier's modular fashion echoes within the digital sphere

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here?  Get in touch  and plot your …

Visual of The Coronation

The Coronation

For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the …

Visual of Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

Visual of Custom-grown bones, and other wild advances in regenerative medicine

Custom-grown bones, and other wild advances in regenerative medicine

The human body has always been an incredible machine, from the grand feats of strength and athleticism it can accomplish down to the fine details of each vein, nerve, and cell. …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

Next Generation: Exploring the vegetal cyborg with Marie Declerfayt

This story is part of  Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here?  Get in touch  and …

Visual of The World Without Technology

The World Without Technology

I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke – their food, …

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Better Than Nature?

At the turn of the millennium, miniaturized canines acquired the cherished status of living, designer handbag ornaments.  These teeny tiny photogenic doggies, which had been …

Visual of Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

The artificial womb is on the verge of becoming a reality, but how it will affect our culture is for us to decide.

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ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

We asked Ritsert Mans, our second ECO coin award nominee about his bike, the technology that fuels it and his hopes for the future.

Visual of Five must-see exhibitions before 2020

Five must-see exhibitions before 2020

A large-scale asian food market serving in vitro meat, a transatlantic expo on the future of nature and a travelling exhibition that explores our relationship with AI. These five …

Visual of Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

As evolution goes on, the human body is evolving too. What does it mean to be human in times of advanced biotechnology and genetic engineering? Are our bodies ready for our …

Visual of Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Janine Benyus talks about biomimcry at TED (video) . Of course, we “like” her book and appreciate the concept of biomimcry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to …

Visual of The Sound of the Blue Canary

The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

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Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

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Yes, Naturally

The introductory essay from the Yes, Naturally book - available in our store!

Visual of The Next Nature Sneaker Series

The Next Nature Sneaker Series

We present for the real sneaker heads amongst us, six new futuristic pieces of footwear. Going from pineapple leather to self lacing 'Back to the Future' Nikes.

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Future Food, the exhibition

Imagine, it’s 2050 and you are feeling hungry. What will be on your plate? Where will your food come from, and how will it be produced? It may be juicy ants from the nearest …

Visual of Want to build an organization that lasts? Create a superorganism

Want to build an organization that lasts? Create a superorganism

For the past 25 years, I’ve studied everything from baboon cooperation in Ethiopia and orca whale innovation in the Bering Sea, to the Argentine ant invasion in my kitchen, and my …

Visual of Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

My name is Jason Silva. I've spent the last 5 years hosting and producing a tv show on Al Gore's Emmy-winning Current TV network and I'm a fellow at the Hybrid Realities …

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Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

So, you are aware biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you've got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now eager to …

Visual of Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Moral Shortcomings in the Technology Debate

Digital and genetic techniques increasingly influence life. Our belief in progress through technology stands in the way of a moral debate on this development. By Rinie van Est We …

Visual of The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

In vitro meat has the capacity to transform meat production as we know it, introducing an entirely new way of thinking about and interacting with food.

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Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink  will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature …

Visual of Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Harvesting Water from Thin Air

Scientists in Harvard University have designed a new material inspired by organisms, such as cacti, that can effectively harvest water from thin air.

Visual of Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

Anton Repponen's project places iconic NY buildings in organic, untouched environments to put them in the spotlight.

Visual of Air Pollution Mask for Kids

Air Pollution Mask for Kids

Danish design studio Kilo created an air pollution mask suitable for kids aged six and up.

Visual of The Tree of (After) Life

The Tree of (After) Life

The Bios Incube is a smartphone-connected biodegradable urn that turns cremated remains into a tree.

Visual of The City as Technology in Tokyo

The City as Technology in Tokyo

Are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo.

Visual of Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

"To understand why a product is the way it is today, you need to learn about its evolutionary background." Meet Huub Ehlhardt, an engineer with a PhD in product design . Huub …

Visual of Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

Artificial ceramic bones for a natural meat experience

The world is developing, climate change is happening and it's time for us to do something. Now. One strategy would be to simply stop eating meat — or at least reduce the amount of …

Visual of Towards a global society as a superorganism

Towards a global society as a superorganism

Today we hold the ability to gather a lot of knowledge, thanks to science. We are able to watch, analyze, manipulate and change matter to the nano-level. This makes it tempting to …

Visual of Exploring Next Nature (2004)

Exploring Next Nature (2004)

The first essay ever written on Next Nature, published in Next Nature Pocket and in Entry Paradise, New Design Worlds . ( download pdf ) (German version: Erkundungen im Nächste …

Visual of Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Behold the BoxFish, Mercedes' bionic concept car. This tropical fish is outstandingly streamlined. Its engineers were able to achieve a wind drag coefficient of just 0.06 in the …

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Fresh from the Pharm

Will we in the future still buy several needs according food in shops, or will we grow M&M’s ourselves? There is a lot happening on in the field of food technology , think for …

Visual of What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Since Darwin we tend to look at the biological world exclusively in economical terms. The idea that monkey's, frogs, or even ants do more than simply propagate, doesn't find much acceptance among scientists. And yet, even crayfishes at times seem to displace objects just for fun.

Visual of Intimate Technology: the Battle for Our Body and Behaviour

Intimate Technology: the Battle for Our Body and Behaviour

Technology is nestling itself within us and between us, has knowledge about us and can act just like us.

Visual of Fellow Day: Next Senses

Fellow Day: Next Senses

On June 17th a NNN Fellow Day was organized to explore the future project: Next Senses.

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Ermi van Oers wants to bring living light to your living room

The Living Light harnesses plant energy to provide light. We spoke to its designer, Ermi van Oers, to find out more about the unique product.

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If you could have another sense, which sense would you choose?

Color-blind artist Neil Harbisson designed a brain-implanted antenna that converts colors into sound. This enables him to hear colors he cannot see, and extends his vision to …

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Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

No, this is not another example in our fake for real series , comparing an artificial with a human hand. Rather, you are looking at twice the same hand: with and without its …

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Logorama

Sometimes you come across something that is not directly related to Next Nature, but só well made that it deserves a place on this website. Logorama, a 16 minute animation by the …

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Lets Grow a Glowing Plant

Some four years ago we wrote about a plan to create bioluminescent trees that would replace streetlights. This dream is getting closer.

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Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Body builders rejoice: scientists have synthesized the world's first artificial proteins.

Visual of Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Invasive species become the animal symbols for a man-made world.

Visual of The Bacterial Lamp

The Bacterial Lamp

Ambio: a lamp that lights up by activating the bacteria.

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France Says Adieu to Plastic Tableware

First they banned plastic bags all over the country in July, now they released a new regulation: starting from 2020, no plastic cups, plates and cutlery can be distributed in France.

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We Are more Bacteria than Human

Our bodies are microbiomes, suffering from our habit of cleanliness.

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The Economy of Ecology

What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and the planet we call home? What would the economy of ecology look like?

Visual of How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

How AI and genomics will impact the future of making babies

As if stand-alone technologies weren’t advancing fast enough, we’re in age where we must study the intersection points of these technologies. How is what’s happening in robotics …

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The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers …

Visual of This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

Occupying the 52nd floor of Tokyo’s Mori Tower, Mori Art Museum is internationally renowned for its visionary approach and highly original curation of contemporary art. The …

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Next Generation: Why Annie Larkins' egg project is essential for future food thinking

This story is part of Next Generation , a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we …

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Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new …

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Crash course on synthetic genomics

Next Monday when your colleagues ask you what you have been doing for the weekend, you might answer you something default like you went out with friends, danced, biked to the …

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Crowdsourced drink

Remember the days when the flavor of a fruity drink was simply connected to an apple, orange, strawberry, kiwi, or perhaps – if you felt really exotic – an acai berry? Nowadays we …

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ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010 , the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, …

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Self–Repairing Architecture

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of …

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Urban Dolls

The idea of altering your body for aesthetic purposes is still somewhat frowned upon today. But more than because the very idea of improving yourself, this is about its …

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Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

Until now, most people have likely regarded bird-feeders as merely a pleasant addition to their gardens. But scientists have now discovered that bird-feeders in the UK are …

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Plastic Planet

We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and throwaway bottles. But as an experiment, imagine for a moment …

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Meat, the Expectations

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it’s becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today. Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers …

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Selling Rum with Dragons, Berries & Bats

Apparently the marketeers of Bacardi expect the combination of bats, berries and dragons should help to successfully promote the alcoholic sugar drink in the shops.

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NANO Supermarket Best Product 2014

A jury of design and science experts awarded the best NANO Supermarket product a € 2.500 prize.

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Transportations Of The Future

A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation.

Visual of 3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Italian research studio is working on EYE: a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation.

Visual of Disney-Themed Prosthetics for Children

Disney-Themed Prosthetics for Children

Open Bionics is helping children in need for bionic hands. With Iron Man, Frozen, or Star Wars-themed prosthetics, their fantasies become reality.

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Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and …

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Flying Car Modular Transport System

Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular urban land and air transport system.

Visual of Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

We recently spoke to Ilari Laamanen, to peel the outcrops of Momemtum9, and unveil the overlapping themes to the next nature philosophy.

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3D-printing food waste into tasty products

Globally, humans produce enough food to feed 10 billion people (we are only 7 billion now) yet somehow we waste a third of this. Food waste is one of the biggest climate …

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Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

For the closing event of Reprodutopia , a true meeting of minds took place as we discussed the social implications surrounding the future of reproductive technologies. Multiple …

Visual of Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

Q: How will we co-evolve with technology?

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think …

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Next Nature Future Lab plan granted €2m funding

Hooray! This just in: Next Nature Network is granted a significant contribution from the Dutch government intended to develop a Future Lab for design & technology in Eindhoven …

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Better than the real thing

Written by Debbie Mollenhagen PART 1: FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR Designer living has become designing life. I often ask myself: did it taste like the real thing? But when I open my …

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Driving on Algue

Green bubbles? Yes, they seem to be everywhere nowadays. But for a change we aren't talking about those greenish marketing bubbles of the flourishing sustainability cult. …

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Computer versus bacteria

Are bacteria faster than a computer? According a group of biological engineers they are. The scientists have done a research in which they have used the well-known bacteria …

Visual of Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Corporate animal wallpaper (in real life)

Students of the Next Nature Theme at TU/e Industrial design in Eindhoven decided to jungle-up their working environment a bit with the corporate animal wallpaper. Hand painted (!) …

Visual of Ear on your arm? Why not?!

Ear on your arm? Why not?!

For over 40 years Australian artist Stelios Arcadious Stelarc has made art with medical instruments, prosthetics, robots, virtual reality systems and biotechnology to investigate …

Visual of Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

The world of tissue engineering is usually associated with medical applications . But how about some tissue engineered toys? The Epidermits toy is the Karten Design firm 's …

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Let the Bacteria do the Cleaning

Dusting furniture and floors should be history in forty years time, as special bacteria in a yet to develop cleaning product will be eating the dirt. The speculative cleaning …

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Next Nature Introduction

This project - the Next Nature Network - is about Nature's brand image. One might surmise that "Nature," being 100 percent all-natural, can't have any brand image.  The facts …

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Should we clone Neanderthals?

If Neanderthals ever walk the earth again, the primordial ooze from which they will rise is an emulsion of oil, water, and DNA capture beads engineered in the laboratory of 454 …

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End of Life Care Machine

Designer, artist and engineer  Dan Chen has developed the ' End of Life Care Machine ', a machine designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. …

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Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear

Algae as the future alternative fuel for the human body.

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Organic Coke Arrives

Five years ago we envisioned Organic Coke as the fictional summit of Greenwashing. Now it is 2013. Guess what?

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Get Infrared Sight with a Vitamine Diet

Bio-hackers developed a protocol to augment human sight to see into the near infrared range.

Visual of Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Visual of The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 - 2014

Objects that normally used to surround us became more and more virtual, radically changing the aspect of our workplace.

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Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

From August 1 till 16 2015, Next Nature Network’s art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will be co-tutor of the GDA Summer Sessions.

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Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully. Although we can’t see it, the animal’s surface is covered with dust, …

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Man Controls Prosthetic Arm with His Mind

Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine succeeded in hooking up a prosthetic arm to the human brain.

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Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Here is a the Next Nature gift Guide 2016.

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This Robotic Stingray is Alive

By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray that is alive.

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Letter to Humanity

NNN director Koert van Mensvoort writes a letter to humanity.

Visual of Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Do you ever look at the bonnet of a car and see a face? Now, designers are looking at how to give self-driving cars the friendliest "faces" they can through anthropomorphism.

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Next Nature Night: Future food is on the menu

Always thinking about food? What about food that doesn’t exist yet? On the 18th of September at De Studio, Next Nature Network will host a night of talks on the future of food and …

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In conversation with Studio Drift

A flock of drones that fly like birds, drifting blocks of concrete, a choreography of opening and closing flowers. The work of Studio Drift is challenging the distinction between …

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10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

Summer is here and the sun is out, and yes, this is awesome. After a long day in the sizzling summer sun, you get a group of people together to share some delicious food, …

Visual of Cooking and chemical engineering with the CHEMARTS Cookbook

Cooking and chemical engineering with the CHEMARTS Cookbook

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. In parallel with climate change, our lifestyles will also change. It is becoming increasingly important to ask …

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IVY - hard disk cover evolves with your data

IVY is an external hard disk which shows the content of the hard disk on its skin. When no data is stored on IVY, its skin will remain blank. When you purchase IVY, it appears to …

Visual of Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Spatial planning - Learning from Second Life

Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen - strategy, planning and design on the city. In the virtual world 'Second Life' everything is possible. That's most obvious in the …

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The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

Genetic engineering isn't just for scientists in ivory towers or corporate R&D labs anymore. Researchers are still creating new mice and crops every week, but the tools and …

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Pelvis Rocking Chair

It is nature, but not like we know it when chairs biomimic the pelvis. This anatomic Ruby rockingchair was designed by Pouyan Mokhtarani , Tehran (Iran). Via b oingboing.net | …

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The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

Visual of Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and …

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Bulletproof Skin

Recent work of artist Jalila Essaïdi exemplifies of how science and art can meet and create meaningful inventions for society. Jalila Essaïdi used the spider silk produced by …

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Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

Want to live a greener life? Eat less meat. Recently the UN appealed for a radical shift in diet , to improve individual health and ease conditions affecting the global …

Visual of Activist Release Transgenic Stingrays in the Ocean

Activist Release Transgenic Stingrays in the Ocean

This morning we received an astounding video from a group of animal right activist that broke in at Rayfish Footwear, the Thai based fashion brand that creates $1500 personalized sneakers from genetically engineered stingray leather.

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Is the Human Body Redundant?

The increasing ‘liveliness’ of machines and accessibility to the virtual world has raised questions about whether it is possible to uncouple the mind from the body in through a …

Visual of Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Think about a spoon. Now think about a spoon with a face. What do you …

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The Ecological Human

The nature of humanity in the twenty-first century is, according to sociologist Steve Fuller, a ‘bipolar disorder’ beset with dualisms of identification such as divine/animal, …

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Bacterioptica

Living lamps like Latro Algea Lamp by Mike Thompson are nothing new. But design studio MADLAB has created Bacterioptica , a lamp that contains organisms and bacteria from the …

Visual of From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot

Designer Michal Marko created a biodegradable food bowl. Can you imagine this bowl being used in fast-food restaurants?

Visual of The First Man Made Leaf Looks like a Leaf

The First Man Made Leaf Looks like a Leaf

Julian Melchiorri created a synthetic biological leaf that absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant.

Visual of NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

NNN Movement & the First ECO Coin

We officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands. To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin.

Visual of Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, …

Visual of Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

Artists respond to biometric technology and data collecting software through subversive projects.

Visual of From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

Chloé Rutzerveld presents a modern version of the iconic stroopwafel, fully made of vegetables.

Visual of Meat the Future Exhibition

Meat the Future Exhibition

From October 11 to June 11 we will discuss the future of meat at Cube Deign Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) with the exhibition Meat the Future.

Visual of Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

The Scrip, a new universal cash device is bringing back the old metallic sparkle of the money and mixing it with today’s technology in order to fill the deficiencies of our credit and debit cards.

Visual of A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

The elderly may toss their walkers for this robotic suit.

Visual of Using Feces as Medicine

Using Feces as Medicine

Man uses feces to perform a microbiome transplant on himself.

Visual of Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change, yet this is still our main source of energy. Much of this energy …

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Sandra Rey wins ECO Coin Award

This year we are proud to announce that, with her ambitious work within the field of bioluminescence for Glowee, Sandra Rey is the ECO Coin Award 2017 winner.

Visual of The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve …

Visual of The social animals that are inspiring new behaviors for robot swarms

The social animals that are inspiring new behaviors for robot swarms

From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds , many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behaviour can be …

Visual of Next Nature XL showcase in China: in pictures

Next Nature XL showcase in China: in pictures

We are proud to invite you to our largest showcase (so far), currently on display at OCT Art & Design in Shenzhen, China. Spanning across three floors, with a total surface of …

Visual of Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

As we go about our daily activities, we may lose sight of our connections with nonhuman life. Here are three exhibitions to encourage you to step outside of your everyday and …

Visual of Interview: Patricia Piccinini discusses her latest solo exhibition 'Embracing the Future'

Interview: Patricia Piccinini discusses her latest solo exhibition 'Embracing the Future'

Patricia Piccinini is an artist interested in the relationship between humans and non-humans, the natural and the artificial, science and storytelling. Working with silicone, …

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The new Next Nature book is here!

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

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‘We All Parent Earth’

Last week I was strolling through the aisles of the supermarket when I heard a buzzing sound coming from my pocket. I looked up from my cart and saw it was a message from  …

Visual of Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Erkundungen im Nächste Natur (D)

Die Natur verändert sich mit uns (English version: Exploring Next Nature ) by Koert van Mensvoort , published in Entry Paradise, Neue Welten des Designs, Gerhard Seltman, Werner …

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Excitement Clothing

The body suit pictured above has LEDs that illuminate according to the wearer's state of excitement. Skin signals are measured and change light emission through biometric sensing …

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Slogan

The things we design will end up designing us. Slogan of the week. Retrieved from the essay Exploring Next Nature .

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Bananawall

Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister . It is made of 7200 banana's. …

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Build a better being

Will Wright's hugely successful games SimCity and The Sims let players shape the structure of urban areas and the lives of virtual humans; his upcoming game, Spore , lets them …

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Fake-Space Race

Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace . Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don't make sense in a virtual environment. The …

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Italians Do It Better

TERRACINA, Italy: Before Michele Assunto hauls in his fishing net from the banks of a reed-lined canal here, he uses a pole to push the garbage out of the way. "They really need …

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Popple II

Make no mistake. The children of the 80's are the bioengineers of today. ://nextnature.net

Visual of BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

BVPS Next Nature in LA - Pictures!

May 17th 2008. Biggest Visual Power Show: Next Nature in LA . More pictures below. We are all born in a world that has been designed already. BVPS intro video by Floris Kaayk. Big …

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Do It Yourself Pet

Image: A. Sidorov Have you ever fantasized about creatures which carry the biggest smile? Or creatures which are so deeply covered with fur that you wish they were real? Good …

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DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

Drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems. It's an installation about the Urine to Fertilzer DIY …

Visual of Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics

Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics

Scientists of the University of Pennsylvania are creating electronics that almost completely dissolve inside the body, through the use of thin, flexible silicon electronics on …

Visual of Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Mushroom based plastics? Designer Eben Bayer must have eaten too much of the wondrous chanterelles perhaps? No seriously, the man is turning his vision into a reality with an …

Visual of Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Brand Environmentalism: The Augmented Reality Sneaker

Once, we wore footwear to protect our feet from the hostile influences of our natural environment. But with the replacement of our natural environment by a world of design, the …

Visual of ECO Currency – A Proposal to Balance Economical and Environmental Value

ECO Currency – A Proposal to Balance Economical and Environmental Value

Imagine we would have an alternative monetary currency for environmental value. Would the rain forest still be destroyed if there existed an ECO–currency to express its value and …

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Infotizement Call For Entries

In anticipation of the forthcoming Next Nature book, we call upon you, dearest creatives, to submit a fictitious editorial advertisement: The Infotizement. The infotizement is a …

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Injured Cat gets Bambi-style prosthetics

A cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet. The custom-made implants that "peg" the …

Visual of Nano Supermarket – Opening Pictures

Nano Supermarket – Opening Pictures

Last Saturday, our Nano Supermarket opened its doors in a pleasurably crowded atmosphere. Below are some snapshots of the opening event. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, …

Visual of Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants are a species assembled from a group of robotic-electronic-biological organisms living in symbiosis in order to survive in habitats affected by human activity. The …

Visual of Nano Product: Spider Silk Condoms

Nano Product: Spider Silk Condoms

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project , we share some speculative nanotech products with you. …

Visual of City Planning with Bright Bacteria

City Planning with Bright Bacteria

Renegade architect and futurist  Rachel Armstrong has proposed that our cities, currently constructed of dead trees, baked mud, and refined ore, need to be coated in a layer of …

Visual of Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

Rule #1: Any Association that Can be Made, Will be Made

For other entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   People have evolutionarily built-in mechanisms that help us to …

Visual of #11: Don’t Use Anthropomorphism if it Does Not Serve Any Purpose

#11: Don’t Use Anthropomorphism if it Does Not Serve Any Purpose

Part 11 of the series 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design Anthropomorphism can be a powerful tool in product design. But there are also risks involved that urge …

Visual of Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

Thanks to the collaboration between Makerbot and TeamTeamUsa new biodegradable shells are printed for hermit crabs.

Visual of Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

Rule #6: Meet People’s Expectations

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design, click here.   People expect many things from each other: Expect them to say hi in the …

Visual of The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The NBIC Convergence: When Machines and Matter ‘Have Sex’

The Singularity , as popularized by Ray Kurtzweil, refers to a near term, theoretical time when machine intelligence greatly surpasses our own. At this point we will experience a …

Visual of The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

The Rise and Fall or Rayfish Footwear

For almost three years, we worked on a sneaker company that we knew would go bankrupt on the day it was founded. This is our coming out...

Visual of Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Designer Tuur van Balen argues biotechnoloyg is actually very accessible and creates an 'anti-depressant yoghurt' on stage.

Visual of Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Alveoli in human lungs serve as the inspiration for designing better, stronger ways of storing compressed natural gas.

Visual of DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

Biohacker Tim Cannon inserted a chip into his arm to monitor his bodily data and transmit it to an Android device.

Visual of Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Interview: Floris Kaayk, the Visionary Creative Mind Behind Human Birdwings

Floris Kayak discusses online hoaxes and the future of technology.

Visual of Let's Build a Garden on Mars

Let's Build a Garden on Mars

One would need a gardening robot, fitted plant species and some kind of dome structure for the plants to grow in.

Visual of Moss Table Powers Its Own Lamp

Moss Table Powers Its Own Lamp

When moss photosynthesize, they release nutritious fats, carbs and proteins into their roots to feed colonies of helpful, symbiotic bacteria. In the process of breaking down these …

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NANO Supermarket 2014 Call for Products

Submit your speculative product to the NANO Supermarket and win 2500 euro.

Visual of Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots use swarm intelligence to rebuild coral reefs.

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A Registered Landscape

Tuscany is known for its natural beauty. But only a few know that this wonderful landscape is actually a really good design work.

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New Plant Paradigms

In this approaching era, what might be biologically possible for plants?

Visual of Professions Of The Future

Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems like science fiction may be the job market of tomorrow: 11 professions of the future.

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Scientists Created "Alien-DNA"

US-scientists extended the DNA alphabet with two new created 'foreign' building-blocks.

Visual of Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

British company BioCarbon Engineering developed a new ingenious way to exploit drones: reforestation.

Visual of Harvard Creates Half-Man Cyborg Flesh

Harvard Creates Half-Man Cyborg Flesh

Bioengineers at Harvard University have created the first cyborg tissue.

Visual of Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Let’s Sweat the Heat Out: Sweating Wall Concept

Hydroceramic: a composite material able to lower the temperature of an interior space by five degrees Celsius.

Visual of Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Can we have pretty power stations? The design of power stations is becoming more appealing.

Visual of But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

Read Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft's essay on judaism in relation to the production of laboratory-grown meat.

Visual of Future Architecture: Digesting Walls

Future Architecture: Digesting Walls

The University of West England is developing living bricks, turning your walls into a digesting organism.

Visual of Rating the Reputation Economy

Rating the Reputation Economy

Our online reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

Visual of Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

E.O. Wilson, a respected biologist, has proposed a radical idea: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Visual of 'Thinking Soil' Will Change the Way We Build

'Thinking Soil' Will Change the Way We Build

Self-constructing foundation thanks to genetically modified microbes.

Visual of One Day of Air Traffic

One Day of Air Traffic

Mike Kelly shows the entire day of traffic, in just one image.

Visual of Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

Visual of Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Fellow Day 2017: Next Habitat

Last week, our NNN fellows gathered to discuss the Next Habitat; how will we work in the future? And how does this affect our personal lives?

Visual of How a Hummingbird Creates Green Energy

How a Hummingbird Creates Green Energy

A start-up company build a wind turbine inspired by the hummingbird.

Visual of Stay Young with Millennial Blood

Stay Young with Millennial Blood

A clinical startup sells millennial blood to reverse aging.

Visual of Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb.

Visual of How will the artificial womb affect society?

How will the artificial womb affect society?

Where contraceptives such as the pill disconnect sex from reproduction, in vitro fertilisation disconnects contraception from sex, and the artificial womb would disconnect the …

Visual of Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

Getting rid of that bit of unspoiled green

There it is. A hefty hen, with its head up high and its beak out. And a gigantic VR headset over its beady little eyes. What does this battery hen see? ‘An experience of a free …

Visual of Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Meet the teledildonics, an ingenious species of bi-directionally controlled sextoys from the future, available today. These touch emulating vibrators find each other on social sex …

Visual of Artificial womb: Are we ready?

Artificial womb: Are we ready?

“Within a few years it will be possible for a premature baby to continue to mature in an artificial womb,” says gynecologist Guid Oei. It is therefore that the Artificial Womb: …

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Genetically engineered plants do it better

Welcome to the conversation! Every week, we’ll open up a new conversation among members of the network about next nature topics we've encountered around the globe. We hope …

Visual of How a 6.000-year-old fruit fly gave us cheese

How a 6.000-year-old fruit fly gave us cheese

Historians often trace the dawn of human civilisation back 10,000 years, when Neolithic tribes first settled and began farming in the Fertile Crescent, which stretches through …

Visual of How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

How future fashion could help us cope with isolation

Today we cannot meet, touch or hug our loved ones. And while we all like the feeling of the touch of another human being, physical contact does not just feel nice, it is crucial …

Visual of COVID-19 is a virus, corona is a meme

COVID-19 is a virus, corona is a meme

As the viral pandemic continues to spread, so too does the world’s collective uncertainty. As a result, people are turning to media for some levity. And can you blame them. …

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Let’s talk about the most controversial of "m words"—monogamy. And let’s have this conversation with in mind its prehistoric origins. Our modern picture of prehistoric societies …

Visual of Biggest Visual Powershow: Photo report

Biggest Visual Powershow: Photo report

The pictures of the  Next Nature Biggest Visual Powershow , in Zollverein are now online! Powershowmaster Koert van Mensvoort and Claudia (most advanced robot in the world). …

Visual of Sketch furniture

Sketch furniture

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space? This is a question that Front Design have just asked in their project Sketch Furniture. "The …

Visual of Bone Chair

Bone Chair

Joris Laarman 's Bone chair takes its inspiration from the efficient way that bones grow (adding material where strength is needed and taking away material where it's …

Visual of Intelligent Documentary Making

Intelligent Documentary Making

Our image of nature is permanently under construction. For Dutch biologist Gerdien De Jong , this became al too clear after watching The Life of Mammals , a series of nature …

Visual of Sneak Preview Food

Sneak Preview Food

Lets face it: we spoiled western people are pretty much imprisoned by our self created safe environments and remotely disconnected from the wonders and chaotic surprises of old …

Visual of The 21th Century Paradigm

The 21th Century Paradigm

The history of art through the ages reveals a constancy that, by conscious or unconscious applications, provides us with an omnipresent correlation dealing with the …

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Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

The free cultural paper Amsterdam Weekly discusses the Natural Revolution of and includes tree tips for successful living in the next version of nature. Download PDF (148kb) . …

Visual of High Performance Hip

High Performance Hip

A commercial by an orthopaedic reconstruction company introducing the next generation of joint replacements: " Highly advanced hips and knees. Engineered to meet the needs of your …

Visual of Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Written by Kevin Kelly , published in The Technium .  I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is …

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Popple

With her babybunnies series provocateur/artist/designer Tinkebell aims to provide an analysis of the consumptive attitude people have in relation to their pets. This latest work – …

Visual of Bacteria that Turn CO2 into Energy

Bacteria that Turn CO2 into Energy

We’ve written earlier about man–made bacteria that eat waste & shit petrol . How about a genetically modified bacteria that can eat CO2 and excrete methane that could power …

Visual of Hyperfins

Hyperfins

The next step in biomimetic body extentions for propelling yourself through water. Man moves on from copying ducks to become a dolphin-like cyborg. With these fins you can be …

Visual of Kiwi Juice Packaging

Kiwi Juice Packaging

What you see is what you get – at least that is what you hope – with this biomimicked kiwinut juice packaging designed by Naoto Fukasawa. See also: Image consumption , Image …

Visual of Strategy #5: Brand It ‘Naturally Made’

Strategy #5: Brand It ‘Naturally Made’

The fifth category encapsulates the products that are ‘naturally made’. Arguably, here the natural claim is the most convincing. Think eco-tomatoes, bottled mineral water from a …

Visual of The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

The naturalness of travelling with a Jeep

GPS is not the most easiest product to advertise. Jeep uses  biomimicmarketing  to bring the message across. In this advertising campaign an iconic arrow is comprised by …

Visual of Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Have you heard the buzz on virtual money in online games? Some years ago the first virtual millionaire was announced, yet there have also been reports on people being practically …

Visual of A Whole New Species of Television is Born

A Whole New Species of Television is Born

So you thought the Razorius Gilletus essay was farsighted? Interestingly enough, Samsung is advertising its latest TV-set as a whole new species . Despite the obvious …

Visual of Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

Craig Venter announces what might be a historic milestone in the nature caused by people. For 15 years, Craig Venter and his team of scientists have tried to synthesize life from …

Visual of European Parliament goes Next Nature

European Parliament goes Next Nature

Alright the title "Making Perfect Life" ' may sound a bit 20th-century-modernistic-techno-optimistic-naive, but for the rest we are confident this conference is going to be pretty …

Visual of Goodbye, Nature vs Nurture

Goodbye, Nature vs Nurture

Talking about nature and nurture as separate, clear-cut forces is far adrift from the complexities of developmental science, says Evelyn Fox Keller in NewScientist . ONE of the …

Visual of Mercedes-Benz Was Here

Mercedes-Benz Was Here

In the older days, people had to cross natural barriers like mountains for survival purposes. Grains from one side of the mountain was traded with cloth from the other side, for …

Visual of Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

Nature Preservation: The Literal Version

* warning: high doses of irony detected in this article * Method #01: Canning Promotional gift 'Nature in a can' complete with soil and bean plant seeds (from DKNY , 2010). Method …

Visual of Old People as Old Nature

Old People as Old Nature

Two grannies assessing the milk productivity of two goats by means of a chart: this is the story of the commercial behind this screenshot. The first granny is a data analysis …

Visual of Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

If you haven't read the recently posted essay " Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species ?", you probably won't understand much of the following. Anyhow, I'd want to …

Visual of Shell Logo Evolution

Shell Logo Evolution

Corporate logos constantly have to adapt in order to survive. In the case of the Shell oil company this results in an image that ironically resembles the ones we know from the …

Visual of So thats where Phones come from

So thats where Phones come from

Really? I never knew. Biomimicmarketing strategies are getting crazier by the day.

Visual of The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

  Is human activity altering the planet on a scale comparable to major geological events of the past? Scientists are now considering whether to officially designate a new …

Visual of A bacteria of a different color

A bacteria of a different color

In 2009, undergraduates at the University of Cambridge worked with scientists and artists to engineer E. coli into E. chromi , a new type of bacteria that secretes a range of …

Visual of Facing your Car

Facing your Car

Do cars have a face? You would be inclined to say yes immediately. And you would be right as well, because they do. Study has confirmed through a complex statistical analysis that …

Visual of Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird?

Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird?

The zoomorphic designers of Festo , whom you might know from the robot penguins and a robotic elephant trunk , now managed to decipher the flight of birds. Their prototype is …

Visual of Kinetic architecture

Kinetic architecture

Architecture has now come to a stage where the technical possibilities seem limitless. Buildings become more fluent, dynamic and organic. Examples can be found in most buildings …

Visual of Morphing Cutlery

Morphing Cutlery

Imagine a world where the shapes of all objects around you would be able to change on the fly. Envision a future where nanotechnology and morphing become ubiquitous and blend in …

Visual of Nature as a Product

Nature as a Product

Nature is a terrific marketing tool and corporations know this. Somehow the natural reference provides us with a familiar feeling of recognition and trust. We call this phenomenon …

Visual of Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

Rule #2: Different People Anthropomorphize Differently

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   What people experience as anthropomorphic is highly personal. Tests have …

Visual of Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

Rule #3: Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

For past entries and an introduction to the 11 Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Design,  click here.   Making good use of anthropomorphism isn’t easy. As you’ve probably …

Visual of Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Creating the World's Cutest Fruit

Just like corn, bananas , and essentially any other plant we cultivate, the Cutie mandarin is the result of a concerted effort to produce an ideal food. Mandarin oranges come from …

Visual of Replacing Synapses with a Single Switch

Replacing Synapses with a Single Switch

Neural synapses in the human brain are extraordinarily complex structures. Responsible for relaying information between neurons, chemical synapses govern the release of over 100 …

Visual of Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Rule #7: Respect Social Standards

Anthropomorphic products enter the human social space. Humans have the most complex social behavior of any organism on Earth. Anyone or anything trying to join in should be careful to do it right.

Visual of Andras Forgacs on Victimless Leather

Andras Forgacs on Victimless Leather

Andras Forgacs argues that bioengineering meat and leather is a civilized way to move beyond slaughtering animals for hamburgers and handbags.

Visual of Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Demo Day at Next Nature Lab

Unpolished creativity at the Next Nature lab from the Industrial Design Department at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Visual of Grow Your Clothing with Microorganisms

Grow Your Clothing with Microorganisms

Wine and bacteria combine to make seamless clothing.

Visual of Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Interview: Jason Silva, Media Artist and Curator of Awe-Inspiring Ideas

Media artist, filmmaker and wonderjunkie Jason Silva talks about technological evolution and why humans are gods with anuses.

Visual of Jellyfish Ice Cream Glows When Licked

Jellyfish Ice Cream Glows When Licked

$220 ice cream glows thanks to synthetic bioluminescent proteins derived from jellyfish.

Visual of Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Artist Maja Smrekar modified yeast with her own DNA to produce human lactic acid.

Visual of Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Meat & Greet Workshop Report

Last week, Next Nature Lab had the first Meat & Greet to explore the future of in vitro meet.

Visual of Mutation Furniture: Your Living Room Comes Alive

Mutation Furniture: Your Living Room Comes Alive

Beautiful Mutation series from Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer show how herpes would dramatically enhance the look of your Yves Klein blue sofa. Indeed the velvety series …

Visual of The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The gumboot chiton snail produces the hardest biomineral known on earth - and it may hold the secret to better nanotechnology.

Visual of 3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

3D printing cancer could be the future of treating cancer.

Visual of In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

Many people welcome in vitro meat because of what it may mean for animals. Even though they often find the idea strange, the promise for animals is widely felt as a source of hope.

Visual of In Vitro Recipe #9: Meat Oyster

In Vitro Recipe #9: Meat Oyster

As ocean-based oyster beds have all but vanished, in vitro oysters may prove an exquisite alternative.

Visual of NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

NANO Supermarket New Line of Products

During the 2014 Dutch Design Week, the NANO Supermarket debuts a new line of speculative nano products.

Visual of Nike Robotic Sneakers

Nike Robotic Sneakers

Futuristic Nike sneakers for robots.

Visual of Our Tribal Gut Bacteria Are Disappearing (And Why We're Getting Fat)

Our Tribal Gut Bacteria Are Disappearing (And Why We're Getting Fat)

Healthy gut bacteria may hold the key to weight loss – but only isolated communities may preserve "natural" intestinal biomes.

Visual of Rainbow Station

Rainbow Station

Studio Roosegaarde created a giant rainbow of light for the Amsterdam Central Station east side.

Visual of The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

What if we could drink from a giant drop of water? The bottle of the future has the shape of a soft, hygienic, biodegradable and edible blob.

Visual of A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

The wind turbines of the future will look like post-modern tree sculptures.

Visual of From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

Dutch architect Chris Collaris and designers Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde, saw a new sustainable potential in discarded mega oil tankers in the Southern …

Visual of Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

A new biotech startup seeks to hack our cells to use solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen.

Visual of Holiday in a Bird's Nest

Holiday in a Bird's Nest

The exterior of the this hotel room is constructed with branches, sticks and twigs intertwined to create the look and feel of a real bird nest.

Visual of Ingestible Device to Monitor Vital Signs

Ingestible Device to Monitor Vital Signs

Biomaterials researchers at MIT came up with a very tiny device able to monitor vital signs from deep inside the body.

Visual of Marketing the Oceans

Marketing the Oceans

Eco-friendly fashion is in vogue, evidenced by terms like “recycled-material” and “sustainable manufacturing” battered around as selling points for everything from sheets to …

Visual of Modern Times Emergency Kit

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won't do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well.

Visual of Tracking Employees' Body Functions to Improve Business Performance

Tracking Employees' Body Functions to Improve Business Performance

In the quest for competitive advantage, companies adopt wearable biometric technologies to monitor employees and improve business results.

Visual of A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

Part two of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

Visual of Empowered by Robots Event Report

Empowered by Robots Event Report

A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.

Visual of Rainforests Regrowth Boosts CO2 Capture

Rainforests Regrowth Boosts CO2 Capture

Newly grown rainforests can absorb 11 times as much carbon from the atmosphere as old-growth forests, a study has shown.

Visual of How Rare Is Virtual Gold?

How Rare Is Virtual Gold?

Part one of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

Visual of The World's First Cyborg Olympics

The World's First Cyborg Olympics

The first cyborg Olympics will take place in Zurich in October.

Visual of 2017 - Artificial Womb Incubates Fetal Lamb

2017 - Artificial Womb Incubates Fetal Lamb

A lamb born at the equivalent of 23 weeks in a human gestational period was kept alive in an artificial womb and developed just as if it was in a normal womb.

Visual of DNA Hacking: Catch a Computer Virus

DNA Hacking: Catch a Computer Virus

We know how it feels to catch a cold; how might it feel to catch malware?

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are littered everywhere. But now, two Dutch designers have come up with a unique solution to the problem: the Crowbar.

Visual of Cyborg Dragonfly for Special Service

Cyborg Dragonfly for Special Service

A Biomedical solutions company is developing a system for insects to wear, allowing engineers to steer it remotely.

Visual of The making of the Modular Body

The making of the Modular Body

Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos!

Visual of Opening HUBOT at DDW

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT , job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt , as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual …

Visual of Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

Otra Nation: Make Walls Great Again

This group of 14 designers, engineers, builders and architects make a proposal of a wall for Trump's ambitious project.

Visual of Bacteria Are the New Hard Drives

Bacteria Are the New Hard Drives

DNA is the densest known storage medium in the universe - and Harvard University researchers have managed to use it to store GIFs inside bacteria.

Visual of Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

Transformative Appetite: Shape-Shifting Pasta

MIT Media Lab developed pasta programmed on a computer.

Visual of Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Introducing nanobionic spinach plants that can detect explosives.

Visual of Edible packaging: Seaweed could replace plastic in disposable packaging

Edible packaging: Seaweed could replace plastic in disposable packaging

What to do about the plastic planet ? The seas are steadily filling up with plastic , and it's vital to find ways to address the problem . One way to do this is to move away from …

Visual of I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

I like my steak lab-grown, not-grass fed

Right now, somewhere in a laboratory in California, the Netherlands or Japan, a technician is taking a few thousand skeletal muscle cells from a living animal, and placing them in …

Visual of Aleph Farms wants to bring clean meat from the lab to the next farming industry

Aleph Farms wants to bring clean meat from the lab to the next farming industry

Growing meat artificially, instead of within an animal, may soon be an available reality. Meet one of the pioneering developers of this product of the future: Aleph Farms. With …

Visual of Your next doctor might just be a robot

Your next doctor might just be a robot

Conventional wisdom says that you can’t replace the human touch in terms of medical care, but in our rapidly changing technological environment, it appears that this perception …

Visual of On inhumane technology

On inhumane technology

Stick-on shoes, wakeup lights, bionic limbs: these are examples of humane technology. But what exactly does this mean? It can best be explained in contrast with its opposite. …

Visual of First human CRISPR trial in the US aims to cure inherited blindness

First human CRISPR trial in the US aims to cure inherited blindness

Gene editing is advancing at a faster pace than most of us can keep up with. One significant recent announcement was gene editing tool CRISPR’s application to non-genetic diseases …

Visual of Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

Earth’s oceans are having a rough go of it these days. On top of being the repository for millions of tons of plastic waste , global warming is affecting the oceans and upsetting …

Visual of Watch: BBC reports on world's first artificial womb for humans

Watch: BBC reports on world's first artificial womb for humans

Now that the team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb ) has been awarded a …

Visual of ‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

‘Optimism is our duty’: A conversation with Koert van Mensvoort

We live in a world in which we control the biology of a tomato at such precision, you could think of it as a product of technology, instead of a product of nature. Think about it, …

Visual of Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

Living robots made from frog stem cells may revolutionize medicine

At just a millimeter wide, Xenobots are “neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal", they are "a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism”, says …

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Evolving Logo

Generative graphics and organic information design are making their way into the world of the applied arts. For the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, …

Visual of Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

The 'tooth phone' consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery. Sound, which comes into the tooth as a digital radio …

Visual of Close to skin technology

Close to skin technology

Wearable Interfaces, Smart Materials and Living Fabrics. V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam-based Virtueel Platform, the expertise centre for …

Visual of Growing a Hidden Architecture

Growing a Hidden Architecture

Christian Kerrigan's project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest "explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and …

Visual of Real Nature is not Green

Real Nature is not Green

At the edge of the woods along the motorway near the Dutch town of Bloemendaal, there stands a mobile telephone mast disguised as a pine tree. This mast is not nature: at best, it …

Visual of The Sleeping Garden

The Sleeping Garden

How to design an expierience of retrieving in nature in the middle of Holland's second-biggest city? Design a park, built entirely from used railway sleepers. That was the basic …

Visual of Call for Proposals: One Day left!

Call for Proposals: One Day left!

One week left to send in your Designing for Next Nature proposals in round #1 . A selection of the proposals of round#1 is invited for a 5 minute presentation on 23 November 2007 …

Visual of French Aids Campaign

French Aids Campaign

This French Aids campaign is a wonderful example of biomimicmarketing (using images of old nature for propaganda or marketing purposes). They may be disturbing but the message …

Visual of How to print an Organ?

How to print an Organ?

What to do about the shortage of human organ donors? An emerging branch of medicine, called organ printing (future vision alert) , takes a patient's own healthy cells and uses a …

Visual of The Watercube

The Watercube

Conceptually the square box and the interior spaces are carved out of an undefined cluster of foam bubbles, symbolizing a condition of nature that is transformed into a condition …

Visual of Typosperma

Typosperma

Another project by Oded Ezer, Typosperma is the second experimental typo project in his 'Biotypography' series. As a paraphrase on the biotechnology definition, 'Biotypography' is …

Visual of Vin Memoriam

Vin Memoriam

The Vin Memoriam concept introduces a new ritual in the mourning process after losing a loved one. When a person has passed away, a small amount of blood can be processed into a …

Visual of Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Energy problem? Why not genetically alter bacteria to have them provide 'renewable petroleum'. Crude oil is only a few molecular stages removed from the acids normally excreted by …

Visual of Playing with Dry Water

Playing with Dry Water

The Waterboard is an interactive installation by Mike Burton giving the user a chance to play with water without getting wet. By drawing lines on the whiteboard, the water will …

Visual of Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Futuristic Bird Dwellings

Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.

Visual of Genetic Map of Europe

Genetic Map of Europe

European biologists have constructed a genetic map of Europe showing the relations between its various populations. The right part of the map shows the location in Europe where …

Visual of Banana Juice Box

Banana Juice Box

This Japanese Juice box is camouflaged from modern box designs and tries to convince consumers with its appealing 'natural' look. A schoolbook example of biomimicmarketing ; …

Visual of Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

Roboswift, Eyes in Disguise

With its 50 cm wing span and 80 grams of weight, this high tech bird is ready to infiltrate swift surveillance squads next summer. Aerospace engineering students at TU Delft , …

Visual of Treetrunk Trashcan

Treetrunk Trashcan

The Nanputo Temple in Xiamen (Southeast China) is an oasis of quietness, religious practice and leisure for Chinese amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the fastest growing …

Visual of A hermit crab in a glass house

A hermit crab in a glass house

Never thought I would ever empathize with a hermit crab. But somehow the 'situation' the creature is in, provides me with a feeling of recognition. According to this video marine …

Visual of A plate that regulates the speed of eating

A plate that regulates the speed of eating

Many people tend to eat too fast. As a result they do not receive signals from the stomach that they are in fact full. The result can be overeating and obesity . To encounter …

Visual of After the reboot, meet the Homo Evolutis

After the reboot, meet the Homo Evolutis

At this year's TED conference , held in Long Beach California, Biotechnologist Juan Enriquez argued that even as mega-banks topple,  the big reboot is yet to come. It will come …

Visual of Favorite explorations of 2009

Favorite explorations of 2009

As we bid farewell to 2009, it’s a good time to look back at our explorations of the year. Here are some of our most popular and peculiar posts, in case you missed them the first …

Visual of Future babes

Future babes

A future in which prosthetic patches prevent bodies from aging? Or a sexists view on femininity in robotics?   Either way, the question is whether they are up- or downgrades of …

Visual of Live with Micro-Algae

Live with Micro-Algae

The Eco Pod is a experimental design proposal towards the production of clean and renewable energy, which should operate in old, abandoned buildings. Pending an eventual recovery, …

Visual of Mapping the DNA World

Mapping the DNA World

DNA related tools, once expensive and restricted to research and crime labs, are rapidly becoming affordable. Like GPS – once a high-tech wonder now turned into a everyday gadget …

Visual of Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

With the emergence of mobile phones, classical phone booths are used less and less. Seems like the Dutch telecoms operator KPN is re-tooling its phone booths to function as …

Visual of Robot hand meets Sushi

Robot hand meets Sushi

We are anxiously waiting for the robot that makes the sushi, but at Squse , they have created the hand that can carefully place the delicacies in a box without crushing them. …

Visual of Second Sight - Augmented Contacts

Second Sight - Augmented Contacts

Getting information as fast as possible and on the spot is the trend. So what could be more direct than having information fired directly into the eye? Today - together with his …

Visual of Sunlight-shaped Furniture

Sunlight-shaped Furniture

Austrian designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler have created a solar powered machine that makes arrays of furnishings that vary based on how much sunlight it receives over …

Visual of Tattooed Goldfishes

Tattooed Goldfishes

If a tattooed pig is a bit too much for you, why not go for a tattooed goldfish? They bring you lost of luck and are available Chinese characters such as “Wealth, Dragon, …

Visual of Tree Shapers

Tree Shapers

Peter Cook and Becky Northey are tree shapers. Their designs are so ten years ago ; but still worth a post. Materials used: water, sunlight, soil... and a sprout planted in 1998 …

Visual of Why are carrots orange? It is political

Why are carrots orange? It is political

No, the image above does not some show some collection of freshly genetically designed hypercarrots in various colors of the rainbow. This is the spectrum of colors carrots used to have.

Visual of Wooden Bankcard

Wooden Bankcard

Silver, gold or platinum creditcards? Expensive metals in credit card design used to have a certain luster in the past, yet today we are all (painfully) aware the mimicked …

Visual of 1962 Oil Company Advertisement boasts about ability to Melt Glaciers

1962 Oil Company Advertisement boasts about ability to Melt Glaciers

If this gasoline advertisement would be submitted to our infotizement contest , we would probably dismiss it for being too cynical and far fetched. Nonetheless, this ad was …

Visual of Acoustic Botany

Acoustic Botany

With his speculative ‘acoustic garden’ David Benqué tries to explore our cultural and aesthetic relationship to nature. He states that the current debate around Genetic …

Visual of Bad Panda

Bad Panda

Biomimicmarketing wars: While the WWF has worked for years to market the Panda as a vulnerable, cute and cuddly animal, the Egyptian cheese brand Panda needs only five commercials …

Visual of Cultivating the Money-verse

Cultivating the Money-verse

Alright, we were mistaken. Money isn't virtual after all.   A recent TV commercial of a Greek bank shed light on the issue. Your money lives, is anthropomorphic and inhabits an …

Visual of Digital Gastronomy

Digital Gastronomy

The food printer seems to be one of those lustrous concepts that continues to pop-up in the fantasy of techno-connoisseurs. Some years ago James King already proposed a printed …

Visual of Friendly Vending Machine

Friendly Vending Machine

Designer Guus Baggermans was quite annoyed by the clumsy impoliteness of current vending machines, that typically require you to enter some abstract number to select your drink or …

Visual of Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Now here is an example of the fusion between the made and the born , most kids would crave for. Much better than the robotic dino toy. Designed by evolution! Hopefully this …

Visual of iApple

iApple

Although most biomimicmarketing strategies are oxymoronic , it is nice to see some people take them full cycle. This Japanese Apple fan found  a way to naturally grow and harvest …

Visual of Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax

Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax

Surely we are quite attuned to some unexpected flavors in these quarters, but this Nano Care™ Blueberry Paste Wax wins our syncretic mash-up award for combining technorethoric …

Visual of Natural-Born Junkies

Natural-Born Junkies

Hippopotamus: a 2,5cm-long tablet-shaped nonliving chewable animal, member of a multi-species flock known as the Animal Parade, which tastes like fruit and is found in little pill …

Visual of Our Heart as a Power Plant

Our Heart as a Power Plant

Nanowire generators could one day lead to medical devices powered by the patient's own heart. A tiny, nearly invisible nanowire can convert the energy of pulsing, flexing muscles …

Visual of Polar Ice for sale

Polar Ice for sale

Original pieces of polar ice will be sold in a shop in Amsterdam from this Friday the 25th. MyPolarIce is a venture led by Coralie Vogelaar and Teun Castelein . They went to the …

Visual of Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

Reading the Body: Finger Length Ratio Predicts Athletic Ability

The human body is increasingly recognized as a biometric source of information for a wide spectrum of issues, including security, psychopathology, personality and health. Earlier …

Visual of Recycled Island

Recycled Island

Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating …

Visual of The Human LED screen

The Human LED screen

All living creates produce light by default, so do humans . Now researchers from US, China, Korea and Singapore collaborated have collaborated in order to create ultra-thin …

Visual of Who wants to Bike on Bamboo?

Who wants to Bike on Bamboo?

Carbon fiber and aluminum are so 2009. This year's best bicycling model is made out of bamboo and hemp. A new generation of manufacturers are coming up with some of the most …

Visual of A New Take on the Tree

A New Take on the Tree

Many people will have heard of the infamous swastika made up of larches that  revealed itself every autumn in a forest outside Berlin . The trees, which turned yellow at the end …

Visual of Afterlife for Atheists

Afterlife for Atheists

Where religions promise their believers a life after death and cryonics also needs a kind of belief in future technological development, designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau …

Visual of Evolutionary Janitors

Evolutionary Janitors

We normally think of polluted water as the source of disease, not the cure for it. The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, affectionately known as the Super Fun Superfund , is one of the …

Visual of First Lab-Grown Organ Transplanted

First Lab-Grown Organ Transplanted

Another step in the fusion of the made & the born: Surgeons in Sweden have successfully transplanted a fully synthetic, tissue-engineered organ – a trachea– into a man with …