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Visual of The Biggest Impact on the Planet Comes from Household Consumption

The Biggest Impact on the Planet Comes from Household Consumption

New study suggests that the real environmental problem is embodied in the things we buy.

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 …

Visual of Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

The human environmental impact on our planet is hardly underestimated nowadays. Scientist agree humans are to blame for Global Warming – some are already dreaming up scenario’s of …

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 Four environmental 'heresies'

Four environmental 'heresies'

TED talk by Steward Brand – the man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s – has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic …

Visual of Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar Eclipse May Impact Power Supply Due to Increased Use of Solar Panels

Solar eclipse may impact power supply due to increased use of solar panels

Visual of Environmental Recreation in the Overdrive

Environmental Recreation in the Overdrive

Seen the grand canyon? Lived through the survival weekend in the woods? Enjoyed the ecology safari Antarctica cruise? Think you've seen it all? Buckle up for an unprecedented …

Visual of Tourism's Impact on Indigenous Tribes

Tourism's Impact on Indigenous Tribes

How does an indigenous culture sustain, extend, and evolve nowadays? Probably, it mainly depends on the preferences of the tourism industry. Here is an example from the Mursi, one …

Visual of AI & VR Impact on Architects and Engineers

AI & VR Impact on Architects and Engineers

Future workspace, human interaction and unique experiences: here’s how artificial intelligence and VR impact on architects and engineers.

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 …

Visual of New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

New Volvo Recognizes Shapes of Animals like Deer & Elk to Reduce Crash Impact.

Volvo cars is testing a new safety system that automatically hits the brakes once an animal is detected in the vehicles vicinity. The Animal Detection System expands the range and …

Visual of Earth is so strongly impacted by its human inhabitants that it's now a “hybrid planet”

Earth is so strongly impacted by its human inhabitants that it's now a “hybrid planet”

Humanity has for a long time considered itself the most important species on the planet. We are quite happy to share the world with other species, but we think we know who's in …

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 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 The Playboy Interview

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 …

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Max Liboiron: "Pollution is Colonialism"

We now live in a world where plastics are becoming a part of our marine ecosystems. As a result, we strive hard to clean the plastics from our oceans. Dr. Max Liboiron ( Michif …

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 Love your monsters

Love your monsters

Why we must care for our technologies as we do our children.

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 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 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 How an app is helping restaurants cut food waste

How an app is helping restaurants cut food waste

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 …

Visual of Plastic Planet

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 …

Visual of Nature through the Windshield

Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

Visual of Turning surplus bread into craft beer

Turning surplus bread into craft beer

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 …

Visual of Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

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 …

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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 …

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 Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Damage Microbes

Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Damage Microbes

Nanotechnology has been hailed for its benefits because of the potential ability to create drugs that could cure cancer and radiation poisoning, make miniature pollutant filters …

Visual of How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile …

Visual of Turning cities into parks: In conversation with Raymond Brouwers on Urban Street Forests

Turning cities into parks: In conversation with Raymond Brouwers on Urban Street Forests

Urban neighborhoods with high-rise concrete buildings are often dreary and gray. Therefore, the Urban Street Forest project aims to color our cities with the planting of vertical …

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

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 …

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 Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

Discussing non-human centered design with Kelvin Godee and Simon Wijrdeman

What if design began to put everything but the human first? The needs of the human not paramount to the design process, but instead the other entities that we cohabit planet earth …

Visual of Ecology – A New Opium for the Masses

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 ECO Currency – Explanation Video

ECO Currency – Explanation Video

Earlier we have discussed the ECO currency , now here is an explanation video. The ECO currency is an alternative currency to express environmental value. People who conduct labor …

Visual of Self–Repairing Architecture

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 …

Visual of Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Growing meat in the lab, rather than slaughtering animals, could become a viable alternative for people who want to cut the environmental impact of their food consumption, but …

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 Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

Australian regulators will soon be faced with a challenge: can animal flesh produced in a lab be called meat? Amid reports that lab-grown meat could be on sale this year, the US …

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 Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Transforming the way we travel is an essential part of tackling the climate crisis. The transport sector contributes about 20% of global carbon emissions . In the UK the figure is …

Visual of Pollution trading – savior or scam?

Pollution trading – savior or scam?

While most people are still prudently changing light bulbs and recycling coffee cups to fight global warming – or at least their gnawing conscience – policy-makers have long moved …

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 Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Why Meat Grown in Labs is the Next Logical Step for Food Production

Lab grown meat is part of the trajectory that agricultural technology is already following.

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.

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 What Is Next Nature? #10

What Is Next Nature? #10

Seeing more airplanes in the sky than birds

Visual of Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Researchers prove that pristine landscapes haven’t existed for thousands of years, therefore we should change or mindset before trying to save the planet.

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 Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate Earth day, here is why.

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 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 Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

Bio textiles: Meet three designers reimagining materials using biotechnology

The world needs interdisciplinary creators who are designing not just for humans, but for the rest of the living planet. To foster this thinking, Biodesign Challenge (BDC) pairs …

Visual of Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

Future cities: We need to reimagine the look of urban landscapes

In imagining future urban landsapes, we need to answer questions about what can be sustained and what cannot, where cities can be located and where they cannot.

Visual of Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories

Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories

Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to notifications from social media or phone galleries telling them they …

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 Come See the Berg!

Come See the Berg!

So you’ve seen the peak of the Mount Everest on tour ? Descended the bobsled ride of the Matterhorn in a Disneyland ? Think you’ve seen it all? Now come and see The Berg in …

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 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 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 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 Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

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

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

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

Visual of Using Tomato Skins to Make Car Parts

Using Tomato Skins to Make Car Parts

Heinz and Ford team up to use tomato skins in car parts.

Visual of Lab-Grown Shrimps Are Coming to Your Plate

Lab-Grown Shrimps Are Coming to Your Plate

A startup called New Wave Foods is developing artificial shrimp meat in the laboratory.

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 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 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.

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 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.

Visual of Turning Leaves into Batteries

Turning Leaves into Batteries

Other than decompose and give nutrition to the soil, leaves can be used to store energy, becoming the raw material of batteries.

Visual of A Whole Forest on a Surface Area of 3.5m2

A Whole Forest on a Surface Area of 3.5m2

Using moss cultures, the "CityTree" captures and filters toxic pollutants from the air, with the same environmental impact of 275 trees.

Visual of ECO Coin First Trial at DGTL 2017

ECO Coin First Trial at DGTL 2017

We had a wonderful first run of the ECO Coin during DGTL festival in Amsterdam.

Visual of Fighting Plastic Waste Together

Fighting Plastic Waste Together

Eco Coin Award winner Dave Hakkens is upgrading his Precious Plastic recycling machines, and you can help him do it!

Visual of Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google cars can now measure urban air quality and collect data to create interactive maps with the most detailed views of pollution patterns ever created.

Visual of In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

In Conversation with Yoyo Yogasmana, Winner of the First ECO Coin Award

Read our conversation with the ECO Coin Award Winner of 2015: Yoyo Yogasmana.

Visual of Precious Plastic One Year After

Precious Plastic One Year After

Help Dave Hakkens build the third version of his Precious Plastic recycling machines!

Visual of #French [Green] DreamTowers

#French [Green] DreamTowers

FrenchDreamTowers is an eco-friendly high-rise complex imagined by Paris-based architect studio XTU , for the city of Hangzhou in Southern China. Currently under study, the …

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 How a museum encourages its visitors to examine their relationship with their environment

How a museum encourages its visitors to examine their relationship with their environment

Last month I had the opportunity to immerse myself in Tokyo’s newly opened digital art landscape, the Mori Digital Art Museum. The museum stands out for it enables virtual …

Visual of Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are …

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 How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

Every day brings fresh and ever more alarming news about the state of the global environment. To speak of mere “climate change” is inadequate now, for we are in a “ climate …

Visual of Is in vitro meat good news for animals?

Is in vitro meat good news for animals?

The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown outside of a chicken’s body. Alongside similar news from Israel …

Visual of Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

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 …

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Next Nature reading list

Ten books that continue to inspire the next nature philosophy—gathered for you to read this summer.

Visual of Humans to Blame for Global Warming

Humans to Blame for Global Warming

Global warming is "very likely" a human-caused problem that will last for centuries and require concerted international action to reduce its potentially devastating impacts, a …

Visual of Next Nature Interview

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 …

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 Nature as a Commodity

Nature as a Commodity

Nature conservation organizations – like the WWF and Greenpeace – typically present nature as a commodity that has become increasingly scarce and will be used up altogether if we …

Visual of The Earth on Loan

The Earth on Loan

Christian Schwägerl is a correspondent for Der Spiegel and the author of Menschenzeit (The Age of Man). He will be presenting his views on the Anthropocene at the  Next Nature …

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 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 You Can Never Go Back To Nature

You Can Never Go Back To Nature

One of the arguments that environmentalists use against factory farming and burning fossil fuels is that these activities are "unnatural" or that they "go against nature." But …

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.

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 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 Painting the Anthropocene

Painting the Anthropocene

Govedare paints the human impact on natural environments, showing how nature has become a subset of culture.

Visual of The Anthropocene Explosion

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 Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Breathtaking satellite images that will change how you see the World.

Visual of Eco Currency Questions

Eco Currency Questions

Discussing the possibility to put a price-tag on nature, and what this would implicate.

Visual of Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

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.

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.

Visual of Solar-Powered Plane Starts its Five-Month-Long Flight Around the World

Solar-Powered Plane Starts its Five-Month-Long Flight Around the World

Solar Impulse 2 is a Swiss project with the aim to enable long term flights using solar power.

Visual of The Danger of a Plastic Sea

The Danger of a Plastic Sea

By 2050 plastic waste will outnumber the number of fish in the sea. These Surfers are taking action and raising awareness.

Visual of Who Deserves to Earn an ECO Coin?

Who Deserves to Earn an ECO Coin?

This year we are going to hand over a second Eco Coin! Do you know someone who would really deserve an Eco-Coin? Please email 'who' and 'why' to ecocoin@nextnature.net.

Visual of A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

The eco-friendly food packaging material able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

Visual of Foster’s Prototype for a Droneport

Foster’s Prototype for a Droneport

Norman Foster's project for a Droneport that will give a valid, affordable alternative to reach and bring help to remote areas.

Visual of Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

Designer Govert Flint applies motion to everyday life

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

Visual of What if Mosquitoes Were Only a Zoo Species?

What if Mosquitoes Were Only a Zoo Species?

Genetic engineers are developing techniques to kill several types of mosquitoes.

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

While we can’t just leave the coast permanently without upsetting the delicate balance of this new environment we created, we can take better care of it to ensure that it is around for years to come.

Visual of The World's First Invisible Train

The World's First Invisible Train

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is designing the world's first invisible train.

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.

Visual of Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

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

Visual of The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

The phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath. More …

Visual of Letter to Humanity

Letter to Humanity

NNN director Koert van Mensvoort writes a letter to humanity.

Visual of Plants + Science = Meat!

Plants + Science = Meat!

What if you could have the taste of a juicy, sizzling burger without the destructive impact of using animals for meat? That is what Impossible Foods wants to do with its new burger.

Visual of The Economy of Ecology

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 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 Digital detoxes are a solution looking for a problem

Digital detoxes are a solution looking for a problem

With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, many people may have chosen to cut down on their tech use – or even give it up altogether. The  growing popularity of such “digital …

Visual of Iceland is mourning a dead glacier

Iceland is mourning a dead glacier

Death certificates and commemorative plaques aren’t something you’d normally associate with a glacier. But that is exactly how Iceland recently mourned the loss of 700-year-old …

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 On the origin of the LED lamp

On the origin of the LED lamp

For thousands of years people used oil lamps and candles to illuminate their homes during the hours of darkness. Neither produced much light and both were inconvenient in use as …

Visual of Why some plastic packaging is necessary to prevent food waste

Why some plastic packaging is necessary to prevent food waste

There has been a surge in awareness of the damage that plastic pollution does to our planet in recent years. It has spurred a number of campaigns to remove single-use plastics …

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 The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

In science fiction and popular science, 2030 is often suggested as the year in which our planet will run out of oil. Similarly, 2100 will be the year that, according to …

Visual of A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

A few years ago, convincing meat-free “meat” was nothing more than a distant dream for most consumers. Meat substitutes in supermarkets lacked variety and quality. Plant-based …

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 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 Why I'm turning my son into a cyborg

Why I'm turning my son into a cyborg

Imagine if everyone spoke a language that you don’t understand. It’s not a foreign language–it’s been spoken around you since the day you were born–but where as everyone else …

Visual of What Julia Watson is reading this summer

What Julia Watson is reading this summer

In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Architect Julia Watson imagines a design movement building on indigenous …

Visual of What Rachel Armstrong is reading this summer

What Rachel Armstrong is reading this summer

Architect Rachel Armstrong establishes an alternative approach to sustainability. Through a close reading of computational properties of the natural world, Armstrong develops a …

Visual of A new mythology of technology

A new mythology of technology

In conversation with architect Julia Watson, a leading expert on Indigenous technologies and author of 'Lo-TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism'.

Visual of Enter the memesphere

Enter the memesphere

Why memes might be the next tool to make sense of on our increasingly hybrid virtual and physical environment.

Visual of How to design your (home)office

How to design your (home)office

Designer Govert Flint proposes a new office concept, entirely based on movement and play.

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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 …

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Nature So-called

Nature is not what it used to be. Or at least that is what we may think, when we look at the way humans and their technologies have treated nature. When we speak of "nature", …

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Crop Circles

In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had …

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Join the Neolithic Revolution

Why hunt? Why gather? Join the Neolithic revolution! Somewhere around 9500 BC proto-farmers began to select and cultivate food plants with desired characteristics. While in their …

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Let the Dutch bury the Carbon

Too much carbon emissions warming up the planet? No problem: just bring the stuff back to where you got it from in the first place. Experts have been advising to bury carbon …

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China limits use of 'virtual' currencies

By DAVID BARBOZA SHANGHAI — China made public on Tuesday regulations aimed at cracking down on the use of virtual currencies amid worries that a huge underground economy was …

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Pimp My Planet

"We live in a time where everything or everyone can be upgraded or ‘pimped'. After the worldwide acceptance of plastic surgery, it was time to subject our worldly possessions …

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Stop continental drift

Is it a cynical gesture to glue a 'Stop Continental Drift' bumper sticker on your gasoline addicted car? Absolutely. Yet indirectly it also criticizes the romantic …

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 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 …

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What does Technology want?

Technologist, environmentalist and nextnature thinker avant la lettre Kevin Kelly , muses on what technology means in our lives – from its impact at the personal level to its …

Visual of How 'Green' is Green Cotton?

How 'Green' is Green Cotton?

Intuitively we expect the 100% organic green clothes to be more environmental friendly and sustainable, but is this really the case? The color of cotton is brown by nature, not green. Most manufacturers use chemicals to bleach and paint the cotton.

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Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Before There Were Even Humans

Humans and other hominids have a reputation for bringing about mass extinctions. Homo erectus  has been blamed for the disappearance of many African carnivores, our ancestors …

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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 …

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Mark Post - Meet the New Meat

According to professor Mark Post, lab-grown meat could become the environmentally friendly alternative for breeding cows and pigs for meat consumption. Watch his talk!

Visual of Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Like we did to old nature before, we must now cultivate our technological environment.

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I Forgot My Phone

Simple yet elegant short film on a girl that forgot here phone and realizes the impact of our Society of Simulations.

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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.

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.

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Painting with Toxic Runoff

A professor and an artist have invented a method to manufacture paint from acid mine runoff.

Visual of DIY Wire Networks In India

DIY Wire Networks In India

Indian fragile DIY electronic infrastructure gives an insight into our complex electronic wire systems.

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Humans Need Not Apply

Warning, this video on the impact of automation on human labor might cause you to re-plot you professional career.

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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.

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 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.

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Hospitalised Veterans Experience Virtual Parade

Google filmed the most recent NYC Veteran’s Day Parade in 360-degree video and created a VR version that would allow disabled or ill-healthed veterans to experience the parade as well.

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How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin  the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by …

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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.

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Drones in Agriculture

Here's a look at how drones can and will impact the agriculture and farming industry.

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ECO Coin Makes Top 30 in ASN Bank World Prize

ECO coin has been selected as on of the top 30 ideas in the ASN Bank World Prize for its innovation, feasibility and impact.

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The End of Air-Conditioning

New heat-reflective material signs the end of air-conditioning use.

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Govert Flint on Enrichers

NNN fellow Govert Flint discusses Enrichers in Frame magazine.

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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.

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Replacing Fireflies with Lasers

After mounting criticism from environmentalists, a firefly-themed park in China announced that the glowing bugs will be replaced by lasers.

Visual of The Age of Rust

The Age of Rust

Meet the incredible new species "Petramosaurus Cavator" and discover its impact on our planet.

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Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

A wind farm in Scotland is on hold because of its lethal killing power towards seabirds.

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Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

A respected astrobiologist argues that a radical new process called geoengineering might be the only way to save us from climate change.

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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 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 …

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A happy birth day to Louise Brown

Dear Louise Brown, On behalf of the future I would like to congratulate you on your birthday. It has been 40 years that you where born into this world on July 25th 1978, …

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'I volunteer myself to try this cultured meat at my own risk'

The Netherlands leads in cheese, clogs, and cultured meat. This sustainable and animal-friendly form of meat has largely been developed in our country. In 1997, Willem van Eelen …

Visual of Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

Lucas Foglia's photography explores the uneasy relationship between humans and nature

There’s no place on earth untouched by human activity: This was clear as Lucas Foglia whizzed across the vast, white expanse of Alaska's Juneau Ice Field last summer. He was …

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The next sexual revolution is going to be all about technology

Sex is one of the most powerful, fundamental human drives. It’s caused wars, and built and destroyed kingdoms. It occupies a significant percentage of most people’s thoughts. As …

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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. …

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Struck by lightning: Shipping emissions double frequency of lightning storms

They say lightning never strikes twice, but it appears to be striking a lot more often in some areas of ocean than others. New research published in Geophysical Research Letters …

Visual of The Story of Money: Bits

The Story of Money: Bits

The story of money: an accessible roadmap from prehistory to digital age, from cows to credit, from gold mining to bitcoin mining. The final episode: bits.

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 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 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Meet Emma: Your colleague of the future comes with a warning

Emma is in poor health. She has painful varicose veins, stress-related eczema, puffy skin, a grey complexion, red eyes and a hunch-back. She is an imagined office worker of the …

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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 Next Generation: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

Next Generation: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

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 …

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‘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 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 Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

When you look through a super-telescope, you can still see the planet Earth. Once called the blue planet, she now looks red and parched. We had no choice but to abandon her… On a …

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Welcome to the Novacene

James Lovelock (1919) has lived on Earth for over a century. You may find that long, but it is short for himself. He thinks big and from a long-term awareness. At the age of …

Visual of How bacteria can recover precious metals from EV batteries

How bacteria can recover precious metals from EV batteries

There are more than 1.4 billion cars in the world today, and that number could double by 2036 . If all those cars burn petrol or diesel, the climate consequences will be dire. …

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To decarbonize flying, we need biofuels

While aviation accounts for 2.4% of all emissions from fossil fuel use globally, two-thirds of the sector’s warming effect depends on something other than its CO₂ emissions. And …

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Blocking the sun with dust

In the past few years, scientists have hatched some pretty crazy-sounding schemes in the name of protecting Earth and its inhabitants. From building an underwater wall 120 …

Visual of Beijing's dust storm: part humans, part nature

Beijing's dust storm: part humans, part nature

The skies in Beijing turned orange recently, thanks to what was widely reported as a massive sandstorm . The problem, at least in terms of public health, is that it was not …

Visual of Five unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas

Five unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas

Water scarcity is among the top five global risks affecting people’s wellbeing. In water-scarce areas, the situation is grim. Conventional sources like snowfall, rainfall, river …

Visual of Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

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 …

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Nurturing Architecture

The way we currently build is not sustainable. We will have to develop a sustainable living environment that matches our human needs, intuitions and potential.

Visual of Seeking Symbiosis

Seeking Symbiosis

Visual artist Heleen Blanken explores the complex relationship between people, nature and technology.

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Cameleon concept car

The GloCar uses LED lights to change body panel colours, intensity and frequency. A driver can thus choose at will to either stand out or blend in. Alongside the cosmetic value …

Visual of Datafountain: Money translated to water

Datafountain: Money translated to water

"In the morning paper, I can read the weather report as well as the stock quotes. But when I look out of my window I only get a weather update and no stock exchange info. Could …

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Echte Natuur is niet Groen

Ons beeld van natuur moet worden aangepast

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fully automated news bulletin

News at Seven is a set of preferences for what a newsreport should be about. Using keywords entered by the user, the program selects news site RSS feeds and specific stories to …

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GloFish

  A tropical fish that fluoresces bright red is set to become the first genetically modified pet to go on sale in the US. Alan Blake and colleagues at Yorktown Technologies …

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Green Electricity

Electricity itself is a natural phenomena, but as regular AC/DC currency it becomes a commoddity. But Green Electricity is a strange thing. You pay more money for your electricity …

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Pollstream

pollution + streaming = pollstream; an intervention in environmental ethics. It creates a series of interactive environments in which members of the audience are in a process of …

Visual of The Living Tower

The Living Tower

According to Environmental Health Science Department of Columbia University, nearly 80% of the earth's population will, in the year 2050, reside in urban centers. At present, …

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Anti-Protection Vest

Let us pretend you are a soldier and you are being sent to war. One of the first questions that should pop into mind: how will you prevent yourself from getting shot? Armor that …

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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 …

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CrackBerry addicts are suing their Employers

No self-respecting manager would be without a BlackBerry. But now these handheld gadgets, which provide workaholics with constant email updates, are being blamed for chronic …

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Ecopod

Inspired by the ancient Egyptians and made from 100% environmentally friendly materials, the Ecopod is the ideal product for a non-toxic burial or cremation. ecopod.co.uk | via …

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First A4 colour e-paper unfurled

Philips presented an A4-sized colour electronic paper . A paper-thin and bendable viewing panel. "This represents the next generation in display technology," Chung In-Jae, chief …

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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 …

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Manufactured landscapes

Edward Burtynsky is a photographer that makes pictures scarred or altered landscapes, changed by industrial activities. His work shows the disappearance of nature and the …

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Agro-Veillance

This summer researchers from technology firm QinetiQ and from Aberystwyth University flew an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over fields in England and Wales to map the …

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BlobWall

Who would not need a blobwall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system was designed by Greg Lynn . It is made of a low-density, recyclable, and …

Visual of Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Lots of clouds this week. The peculiar picture above shows the eruption of mount Pinatubo in 1991, which apparently resulted in a certain amount of global cooling (next to some …

Visual of Green Roofs for Living

Green Roofs for Living

This impression shows the ambitions of the city of Rotterdam for the coming decade. The city is supposed to have an image problem concerning its greenlife; as a big industrial …

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 …

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Photoshop reporters in China

China's high-speed train from Qinghai to Xizang worried environmentalists well before its launch in July 2006. Concerns increased after a photograph of Tibetan wildlife near a …

Visual of Press [CTRL] [S] to save the environment

Press [CTRL] [S] to save the environment

The people at Preem.se – the Swedish organization responsible for this advertisement – must think this is the way to promote environmental protection with a younger generation of …

Visual of The Presidential Harvest

The Presidential Harvest

" Eat the View " is a campaign to plant healthy, edible landscapes in high-impact, high visibility places, whether it's the "First Lawn" or the lawn in front of your child's …

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A More Realistic Zoo

Going to the zoo is a favorite summer past-time. Visitors to the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna will see lots of animals in recreated ‘natural’ habitats. Except this summer, along with …

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A Society of Simulations

An interviewer once asked Pablo Picasso why he paints such strange pictures instead of painting things the way they are. Picasso asks the man what he means. The man then takes out …

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 Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Comeback of the 'Ugly' Fruits

Perhaps in the long run, historians will consider this as the official end of modernity as we knew it: The comeback of the wonky cucumber, abnormally bent banana, and comedy …

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How do Bacteria Communicate?

So here we are; bragging about our discoveries and great new ways of living... meanwhile we tend to forget that we are NOT the dominant species on the surface of the earth. …

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 …

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Melting polar bear reveals a metal skeleton

Unsure how this melting polar bear ice sculpture created by artist Mark Coreth fits in Next Nature mythology. The art piece was presented last week in Copenhagen and is sponsored …

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New Media 80.000 BC

Every medium was new oneday . This point is beautifully illustrated in the movie Quest for fire ( La Guerre de feu by Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1981), a must-see for Next Nature …

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Next Nature @ Volume Magazine

The latest issue of Volume magazine aims to re-investigate sustainability after zero. Originally a wacko, hippy-esque ideology, ‘sustainability’ - aka ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’ - …

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The Hermaphrodite Effect

According to research carried out by scientists from the Columbia Environmental Research Centre , sewage water containing hormones and pesticides caused by human consumption is …

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, …

Visual of The World's first Refrigerated Beach

The World's first Refrigerated Beach

Conspicuous consumption in the overdrive: The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in the Dubai (aka the new Las Vegas) so the tourists don't burn …

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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 …

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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 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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Botnet Storm

No, this is not some solar system far, far away. Closer than you think, this is is a visualization of a botnet storm . For all you know this malicious virus, or one of its …

Visual of Genetically Modified Salmon moves to Kitchen Table

Genetically Modified Salmon moves to Kitchen Table

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal …

Visual of Google Earth Alphabet

Google Earth Alphabet

Language is communication technology. As Marshall McLuhan said, the spoken word was ‘the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it …

Visual of Hydrogel Heals Injured Brain & Bone-Tissue

Hydrogel Heals Injured Brain & Bone-Tissue

A new nano-particle-infused hydrogel, developed by scientists from Clemson University, should be able to heal scrambled brains and broken bones. The gel creates new blood vessels …

Visual of iBookshelf: Simulation before Extinction

iBookshelf: Simulation before Extinction

As technology progresses we constantly have to adapt ourselves to an ever changing media landscape. Designers try to smooth the changes with a ' progressive nostalgic ' strategy: …

Visual of Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

Miniature Sensor Network for the Office

"Have you seen my stapler? No, but just look it up on Google home office maps ." CSIRO Researchers have developed miniature sensors that track lab equipment, coffee mugs and …

Visual of Monitoring your computer's activity like a frog pond

Monitoring your computer's activity like a frog pond

Multi-touch designer and developer Richard Monson-Haefel considers sound as an important part of our user interfaces. As an application of " Calm Technology " which revolves …

Visual of Nano Supermarket on Dutch TV News

Nano Supermarket on Dutch TV News

The Dutch evening News payed a visit to our Nano Supermarket to familiarize the television viewers with the intricate world of nanotechnology and its potential impact our economy …

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Nano Supermarket Opens its Doors

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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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 Social Networking with Plants

Social Networking with Plants

Using energy is not a social activity. Every electrical device we use has its own carbon “foorpint” which, in excess, can harm other living beings. How and to what extent you’ve …

Visual of There is not enough Africa in Computers

There is not enough Africa in Computers

Brian Eno - artist, composer, inventor, thinker - spoke to Kevin Kelly about the meaning of Africa for music and technology. "Africa is everything that something like classical …

Visual of Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

Whether or not we should engineer the Weather

"Owning the Weather" is a documentary about geo-engineering by Robert Greene.  It's about whether or not we should engineer the weather and the different impacts that this has. …

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 Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

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 …

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 Humane Technology #3: Take Human Values as a Cornerstone

Humane Technology #3: Take Human Values as a Cornerstone

The third principle of humane technology: It should take human values as a cornerstone of its development. Technology doesn't have to be expensive or electronic to be humane. …

Visual of Meet the New Meat

Meet the New Meat

What do you think of lab-grown meat? "Yuck" might be your first reaction. One day, however, it could become the environmentally friendly alternative for breeding cows and pigs for …

Visual of Monsanto's Technorhetoric Kills Corn

Monsanto's Technorhetoric Kills Corn

Mega-agro-biotech corporation Monsanto recently denied that insects have developed resistance to their patented Bt corn . Injected with a bacterial gene toxic to corn rootworms, …

Visual of My Fetal Pony:  Neoteny in Girls' Toys

My Fetal Pony: Neoteny in Girls' Toys

It's no secret that Mickey Mouse has evolved in response to consumer pressures. Once a violent river-rat, he became the boy scout of rodents with good looks to match. Steven Jay …

Visual of Nano Supermarket in Amsterdam

Nano Supermarket in Amsterdam

From Friday 28 January - Wednesday 2 Februari the Nano Supermarket will be opened at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Additionally, on the 27th of January we will be opened at the …

Visual of Nano Supermarket visits Pamplona, Spain

Nano Supermarket visits Pamplona, Spain

From 9 - 14 March 2011 the Nano Supermarket opens its doors in Pampona, Spain. The NANO Supermarket presents speculative nanotech products that may hit the shelves within the next …

Visual of Robots Love Animals Too

Robots Love Animals Too

Someday robots may lead fish to safety.  At least, that's the hope of Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and expert …

Visual of Should we clone Neanderthals?

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 …

Visual of Take your transgenic kids to the CPNH

Take your transgenic kids to the CPNH

The Center for PostNatural History doesn't house the dinosaurs or dioramas of your run-of-the-mill natural history museum. Instead, it's the first museum dedicated exclusively to …

Visual of Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Our proposal to study the financial system as an ecosystem is sometimes criticized as 'abuse of vegetational concepts'. Interestingly enough BBC documentary maker Adam Curtis now …

Visual of The Banana Gets a Second Skin

The Banana Gets a Second Skin

We already know that bananas are  evidence of intelligent design – by  farmers, not by god.  All commercial crops have been tweaked by the hand of agriculture, but modern bananas …

Visual of The Story of our Food

The Story of our Food

Every time we eat a piece of food, we take a bite out of the world. All these small bites tell a dozen stories. A carton of eggs presents the story of contented hens, a bottle of …

Visual of Welcome to Earth, Number 7,000,000,000!

Welcome to Earth, Number 7,000,000,000!

Welcome to earth, #7,000,000,000! Hope you like the #anthropocene. Learn more: http://bit.ly/se1SQc

Visual of A Fake Sun for Your 25/7 Life

A Fake Sun for Your 25/7 Life

The earth operates on a 24 hour cycle, and so do humans. For most of history, we didn't have much choice in the matter. However, in the absence of visual cues light sunlight, some …

Visual of Can Life Be a Technology?

Can Life Be a Technology?

In 2009 the Initiative for Science, Society and Policy coined the phrase ‘living technology’ [1] to draw attention to a group of emerging technologies that are useful because they …

Visual of Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

Christian Schwägerl , freelance journalist and biologist, author of the book The Anthropocene: The Human Era and How It Shapes Our Planet , introduces us into the Anthropocene , a …

Visual of Corpus 2.1

Corpus 2.1

Could you imagine yourself having QR-code freckles, or a chlorophyl skin? Dutch artist Marcia Nolte visualises these kind of speculative scenarios in a very non-spectacular yet …

Visual of Frozen Coral Sperm Holds Promise in a Boiling World

Frozen Coral Sperm Holds Promise in a Boiling World

Life is bleak and bleached for many of the world's corals. Fatal bleaching events triggered by warming seas have become common from the Caribbean to Australia. More worrying still …

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Genetically Engineered "Arctic" Apple Will Never Turn Brown

Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits is pitching a genetically engineered apple that does not turn brown when bruised or exposed to air. This new technology, available in both …

Visual of Helmet Crafted from Wood and Cork is just as Safe as Your Plastic and Foam One

Helmet Crafted from Wood and Cork is just as Safe as Your Plastic and Foam One

Back to the natural future? A startup company in Oregon is manufacturing bike helmets made of wood and cork that should meet or surpass the impact performance of plastic and foam …

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Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

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

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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 Magnifiying the Universe

Magnifiying the Universe

Nowadays the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Climate change, plastic islands, genetic manipulation – ‘We were here’ echoes all over. Yet, every now and …

Visual of Next What?

Next What?

In this essay, anti-civilization, anarchist philosopher John Zerzan critiques the concept of 'next nature.' He argues that rather than freeing us, our self-domestication through …

Visual of Plastic Junk Helps Ocean Animals (Sometimes)

Plastic Junk Helps Ocean Animals (Sometimes)

While the Pacific garbage patch is often characterized as a dense, Texas-sized island of plastic, in reality it's an area of 2,736 square km scattered with  tiny, floating bits of …

Visual of Post Natural Organisms of the EU

Post Natural Organisms of the EU

If you happen to be in the neighborhood you might want to drop by at the exhibition Post Natural Organisms of the European Union in Amsterdam. The small but delicate expo, curated …

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 Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

The Benefits of Artificial Wetlands

In 1994 researchers at Ohio State University created two artificial wetlands*  in riverine basins in order to investigate their possible benefits, and whether they could replace …

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 Urban Heat Causes Trees to Grow Faster

Urban Heat Causes Trees to Grow Faster

The high temperatures of urban environments causes trees to grow faster in the city than in rural areas. Researchers at Columbia's Earth Institute have discovered this by planting …

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Why It's Time to Calm Down about "Invasive" GM GloFish

Is the neon green tetra GloFish soon to be the florescent, transgenic terror of America's waterways? The internet hype machine has repeated ad infinitum the Washington Post's  …

Visual of A More Interesting, More Depressing Theory of Easter Island's Downfall

A More Interesting, More Depressing Theory of Easter Island's Downfall

A new theory claims it wasn't human deforestation that caused the ecological collapse of Easter Island, but something smaller and squeakier.

Visual of Anti-BP Diseased Dolphin Ride

Anti-BP Diseased Dolphin Ride

In what's probably the most fun form of environmental protest ever, Banksy has created a morose-looking dolphin ride to protest the BP oil spill. The ride is complete with fish …

Visual of Did Forks Really Give Modern Humans an Overbite?

Did Forks Really Give Modern Humans an Overbite?

The food writer Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork , has put forth a surprising theory about forks and teeth that has received widespread online coverage. According to …

Visual of Engineering Beneficial Parasites

Engineering Beneficial Parasites

Breeding parasites to improve immune function, skin tone and even resistance to poison.

Visual of Food Familiarization #1: Semantic Tricks

Food Familiarization #1: Semantic Tricks

When does a rose not smell as sweet? When it's a Patagonian toothfish.

Visual of Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Two master's students have created a speculative device to simulate the sensations of eating.

Visual of Free Electricity from the Technosphere

Free Electricity from the Technosphere

Scientists learn how to harvest electricity from radio waves.

Visual of How Much is a Polar Bear Worth?

How Much is a Polar Bear Worth?

Polar bears bring only $9 million to the Canadian economy, but citizens put their collective value at $6.3 billion. Why?

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.

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 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 Jason Silva and the Dawn of Nanotech

Jason Silva and the Dawn of Nanotech

Buckle up for a new series of videos from performance philosopher Jason Silva.

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 Moments in Meat History Part VII - Factory Farming

Moments in Meat History Part VII - Factory Farming

In the 1950s, the transition towards what is now known as factory farming picked up speed with farmers.

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 …

Visual of NANO Supermarket 2014 Call for Products

NANO Supermarket 2014 Call for Products

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

Visual of Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Nanoscale Bouquet of Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue. Nanoscale flowers are what some scientists grew.

Visual of Q&A with CEO of In Vitro Meat Company

Q&A with CEO of In Vitro Meat Company "Modern Meadow"

Excerpts from the Rebbit AMA with Andras Forgacs, founder of a company that manufactures in vitro meat.

Visual of Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians

Why native Hawaiian people are killing off native Hawaiian monk seals.

Visual of The Hedonometer Uses Social Media to Measure Global Happiness

The Hedonometer Uses Social Media to Measure Global Happiness

Scientists are using Twitter, blogs, and news sites to categorize the global psyche.

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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 Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

Totem Animals for the Anthropocene

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

Visual of What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

What Ant Colony Networks Can Tell Us About What’s Next for Digital Networks

Ever notice how ant colonies so successfully explore and exploit resources in the world … to find food at 4th of July picnics, for example? You may find it annoying. But as an …

Visual of Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

As a consequence of a big water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas the Aral Sea is drying up.

Visual of Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Scientists designed artificial cells built from silicon, able to copy basic functions of life.

Visual of Building a Boat with Marine Plastic Trash

Building a Boat with Marine Plastic Trash

A man from Kenya collected tourists’ disused slippers and seaborne plastic bottles to build a boat.

Visual of Confused Wings Flapping in Electrosmog

Confused Wings Flapping in Electrosmog

Electromagnetic fields confuse European robins.

Visual of Emoticons Among US

Emoticons Among US

What if emoticons were not just a replacement for the written word, but creatures looking for a place in society?

Visual of Flying Through Your Brain

Flying Through Your Brain

Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.Buckle up for some tracking technologies beyond the beyond.

Visual of GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production

Researchers engineered poplar trees for an easier production of paper and biofuels.

Visual of Google Street View Camel

Google Street View Camel

Most of the images for Google Street View are collected with a car, but for the first time, the task has been given to a camel.

Visual of Marine Plastic Creatures

Marine Plastic Creatures

Photographer Kim Preston transforms everyday household plastic objects into sea creatures.

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 Nature Learned to Turn Plastic into Rocks

Nature Learned to Turn Plastic into Rocks

Plastic can fuse with rocks to form a new material: plastiglomerate.

Visual of Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

After death you could have your ashes made into a rock to form the base of an “eternal memorial reef” .

Visual of Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

Streetlights affect local ecologies for a longer duration, and at a higher level in the food web, than previously thought.

Visual of Super Computer Chips

Super Computer Chips

Indium gallium arsenide couldbe the material of the new super computer chips of the future.

Visual of Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere

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 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.

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.

Visual of Zero-Waste Grocery Store

Zero-Waste Grocery Store

The first Zero-Waste Grocery Store "Original Unverpackt" will open this summer in Germany.

Visual of Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

The top three aspects why people should support cultured meat.

Visual of Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

BBC predicts the far future.

Visual of Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Prof. Patrick Brown developed a meatless burger that look and taste like meat, made out of plant ingredients.

Visual of Wearing Technology Under the Skin

Wearing Technology Under the Skin

UnderSkin is a device that would be implanted beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy.

Visual of Welcome in the Real Unreality

Welcome in the Real Unreality

This Sunday next nature maven Koert van Mensvoort is interviewed in what is arguably the finest show on Dutch television: VPRO Tegenlicht.

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 A Swarm of Micro Drones

A Swarm of Micro Drones

Agile micro drones able to act like a swarm.

Visual of Analogue vs Digital: Handwriting

Analogue vs Digital: Handwriting

Will handwriting soon be history? Or will we always prefer a handwritten love letter from our beloved?

Visual of Cybernetic Bugs

Cybernetic Bugs

Beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and bugs made from recycled deconstructed computers, smartphones and consoles.

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 Did a Robot Grow your Vegetable?

Did a Robot Grow your Vegetable?

The world’s largest indoor farm  is not the only firm developing vertical agriculture. Japanese company  Spread plans to grow more than ten million heads of lettuce a year by …

Visual of GM Salmon Approved for Consumption

GM Salmon Approved for Consumption

Time ago we wrote about the fact that  US Food and Drug Administration  was considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered salmon. We have a verdict: from now on …

Visual of Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

Earlier this year, a group of Chinese scientists published a paper about the modification of the genome of human embryos with the cutting-edge powerful technique called CRISPRs. …

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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 Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

We had the honor of hosting Bruce Sterling in our Next Nature Network headquarters to talk to him about the concept of the convergence of humans and machines.

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 Lab-Grown Horn to Help Prevent Poaching

Lab-Grown Horn to Help Prevent Poaching

Pembient, a West Coast startup, might have a solution to the rhino-poaching problem with its lab-grown rhino horn project.

Visual of MIT Lets Robot Cheetah Off Leash

MIT Lets Robot Cheetah Off Leash

Robot Cheetah has grown up! Scientists at MIT's Biometrics Robotics Lab have now trained their robo-feline Cheetah to detect obstacles and jump over hurdles as it runs, making it …

Visual of NANO Supermarket 100 m2 Pop-Up Store

NANO Supermarket 100 m2 Pop-Up Store

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket opened a 100m2 pop-up store in Stavanger, Norway.

Visual of NANO Supermarket Opens in Latvia

NANO Supermarket Opens in Latvia

The tour of our lustrous NANO Supermarket is coming to Riga, Latvia.

Visual of NANO Supermarket Opens in Norway

NANO Supermarket Opens in Norway

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket just opened a 100m2 pop-up store in Norway.

Visual of Next Nature Book Second Edition

Next Nature Book Second Edition

After it sold out, the Next Nature book has been reprinted with a brand new cover.

Visual of Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

Koert van Mensvoort will take part in the Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? symposium at the University of Minnesota.

Visual of Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

Waterlicht shows how the Netherlands would look without waterworks — a virtual flood.

Visual of Space Archeologist Unlocks Secrets of Ancient Civilizations

Space Archeologist Unlocks Secrets of Ancient Civilizations

Sarah Parcak is a pioneering "satellite archaeologist" from University of Alabama, a sort of Indiana Jones with 21st century tech. She has been awarded the 2016 TED Prize for her …

Visual of Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our …

Visual of Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

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 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 The Face of Litter

The Face of Litter

Hong Kong is using DNA analysis to publicly shame litterbugs

Visual of The World's First Virtual Reality Park

The World's First Virtual Reality Park

A virtual reality theme park where visitors can explore the virtual world in a physical environment.

Visual of Turning Poop Back Into Food

Turning Poop Back Into Food

Nasa funded a program to turn astronauts’ poop into food.

Visual of Wasps Inspire Robotic Needle for Surgery

Wasps Inspire Robotic Needle for Surgery

The Wood-Boring Wasp inspired scientists to create a new robotic needle which will be used in brain surgery.

Visual of What if Humans Disappeared?

What if Humans Disappeared?

What could happen if humans would just disappear?

Visual of Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

The first self “driving” boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends.

Visual of Brexit: the Cultural Climate Warms Up

Brexit: the Cultural Climate Warms Up

On the aftermath of such a historic day for Britain and the EU, it's easy to get swayed into the polarities of political discourse, particularly on social media and the Internet, where things heat up and move fast. The results of the referendum have just come out, and the Internet is already burning with tension. This is called "climate change" - just not the one you are used to hear about.

Visual of Cockroach Milk: the Next Superfood?

Cockroach Milk: the Next Superfood?

A recent research reveals that the next extra nutritious ingredient may be the liquid produced by cockrach mothers to feed their offsprings. Are you willing to try it?

Visual of Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Dave Hakkens wins the 2016 ECO coin Award for his incredible work on the Precious Plastic recycling machines.

Visual of People, Use Your Drone to Map El Niño!

People, Use Your Drone to Map El Niño!

How to monitor the effects of El Niño ? The Nature Conservancy wants to take advantage of the massive image production that can be collected using smartphones and drones. From …

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

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

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

Visual of France Says Adieu to Plastic Tableware

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.

Visual of Growing Drones From Chemicals

Growing Drones From Chemicals

Researchers are experimenting with a new technology that would be able to grow drones from chemical compounds.

Visual of Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Visual of Guerilla Gardening in Paris

Guerilla Gardening in Paris

Paris passed a new law that not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them in doing so.

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

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, …

Visual of Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

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 …

Visual of Israeli Tech Turns Any Road Electric

Israeli Tech Turns Any Road Electric

ElectRoad developed a unique technology that powers the vehicle wirelessly from the road while driving.

Visual of Japan Is Ready to Pay Bills with Bitcoins

Japan Is Ready to Pay Bills with Bitcoins

Japan is the first country to accept the bitcoins as payment method for basic services.

Visual of Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Garbage dumps may not be very attractive places for us but they sure are for animals. A study published in Science Advances shows how certain groups of storks modified (and …

Visual of Make Toblerone Great Again!

Make Toblerone Great Again!

American chocolate manufacturer Mondelez reduces the weight of its widely popular Toblerone bars as a result of the Brexit vote.

Visual of Making King's Day More Sustainable

Making King's Day More Sustainable

On King's Day the water board of Amsterdam wants to collect urine and use it as fertilizer.

Visual of Plastic Pod Beetles

Plastic Pod Beetles

Artist Alex Aebi' s collection of insects made of recycled plastic pods show us an alternative way in which this waste can inhabit our natural world.

Visual of Pigs Have a Heart for Us

Pigs Have a Heart for Us

Replacing your old heart with a new heart from an animal may seem extreme? Well, this future may arrive sooner than we think.

Visual of Pokemon Go and Virtual Property

Pokemon Go and Virtual Property

What happens when someone places a virtual property on top of a physical one?

Visual of The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

We may be still far away from pollution-free Internet browsing, but at least the next time you send an e-mail you can feel relief at the thought that the strong arctic winds of Scandinavia are keeping the Google servers cool and running.

Visual of Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Energy-backed money could help transition humanity to a more sustainable world, both environmentally and economically.

Visual of Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Streetlight Disrupts Seasonal Cycle of Trees

Prolonged exposure to artificial light prevents urban trees from adjusting to seasonal variations.

Visual of The Surplus Food Supermarket

The Surplus Food Supermarket

This supermarket sells expired food to raise awareness over poverty, hunger and the environment.

Visual of Rio 2016: the Olympic (Green) Abyss

Rio 2016: the Olympic (Green) Abyss

Last week the Olympic women’s diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre mysteriously turned swampy green overnight.

Visual of Time Is a Universal Currency

Time Is a Universal Currency

The principle behind a time based currency is usually very simple: one hour of work equals a unit of time.

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 Welcome to the Age of Plastic

Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the "Age of Plastic". The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force.

Visual of Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Welcome to the City Made of Bone

Our cities are made out of steel and concrete. What if we replace them with wood and bone?

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 What You Should Know About Artificial Intelligence Changing Jobs

What You Should Know About Artificial Intelligence Changing Jobs

It should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence naturally extends into the way we work. Let's look at how AI changes the way we relate to work.

Visual of Artificial Womb: the Timeline

Artificial Womb: the Timeline

NNN is currently doing a preliminary research into the idea of the artificial womb. This timeline will help you navigate through the investigation.

Visual of How Much Carbon Do Your Clicks Cost?

How Much Carbon Do Your Clicks Cost?

How much carbon does a Youtube video burn? Greenpeace's #ClickClean initiative calls on big tech companies, like Google, to use renewable energy sources.

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 Digital Detox: Disconnect to Reconnect?

Digital Detox: Disconnect to Reconnect?

Do you feel information overloaded? Do you experience stress? Do you feel like you are addicted to your smartphone, laptop, or the Internet? Get yourself digital detoxed!

Visual of Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

BladeRanger might have found the ultimate solution for solar panels cleaning putting drones and robots together at work.

Visual of Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Dutch train passengers travel 100% on wind power.

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Ritsert Mans

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 ECO Coin Goes to DGTL Festival 2017

ECO Coin Goes to DGTL Festival 2017

This year the ECO coin will run its first community experiment with our partners at DGTL festival. Come and earn your first ECO!

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

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 The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

The Birth of a Digital Nation in Estonia

Due to its digital citizenship program, something interesting is happening in Estonia. In July there were more new applications for e-citizenship than newborn babies. Are we …

Visual of Sustainable Flying with Electric Planes

Sustainable Flying with Electric Planes

German company revealed fastest electric plane.

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 Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

Company Blue Frontiers wants to build 7.500 square meters of floating city made up of linked platforms, starting 2018. They hope to complete it by 2020.

Visual of Growing Mushrooms on Grass

Growing Mushrooms on Grass

The Juncao Technology Project makes it possible to grow edible and medicinal fungi on chopped grass or herbal plants.

Visual of Work Remotely in VR Nature

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Breakroom is a VR app that lets you fill your daily working tasks in a simulated nature surrounding, enhancing productivity and mental balance.

Visual of Insect Ramen: the New Food Trend

Insect Ramen: the New Food Trend

Tokyo restaurant offers sustainable new dish - ramen noodles topped with crunchy insects and people love it

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 Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

The body, like any technology, is made up of countless individual components. Yet, apart from dire medical emergency, have you ever thought about mixing and matching these …

Visual of Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

Nomophobia, no-mobile-phobia, is the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

Visual of Old Cows and New Ideas

Old Cows and New Ideas

Will cows still graze fields in an in vitro future? And what might we do with these animals when they naturally die?

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 Smartflower Solar Device

Smartflower Solar Device

POP is an all-in-one solar energy system that hold visible benefits for humans.

Visual of The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

The Solution to Nuisance Birds? The Robird

Birds are fascinating creatures, but for farmers, airport staff, and waste management specialists, they can prove to be a profound nuisance. How to deal with a flock of birds …

Visual of From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

Rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables.

Visual of Smog Free Bicycles

Smog Free Bicycles

Introducing bicycles to purify pollution as you pedal.

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 A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

Scientists sent mango embryos to space lab in order to let them develop new genetic traits.

Visual of Twittering Trees Talk Climate Change

Twittering Trees Talk Climate Change

How do trees feel? A team of scientists have developed a network of twittering trees to monitor their feelings and raise awareness over climate change.

Visual of The Water-Cleaning Bike

The Water-Cleaning Bike

How about a peddling ride accompanied by the sound of babbling water, with the awareness that what you are leaving behind is nothing else but clean water?

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 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 …

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

What an artificial womb may look like in the future

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?

Visual of This artwork lets trees tell the story of climate change

This artwork lets trees tell the story of climate change

In our ongoing battle against climate change, it's hard to transcend from our human position and ‘think’ like nature. Given, nature doesn't think the way humans do, but it does …

Visual of How self-driving cars will change our sex lives

How self-driving cars will change our sex lives

It’s clear that driverless cars will revolutionize the way we get from Point A to Point B. Perhaps less obvious is how it’ll change our sex lives. According to a new study by the …

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 Here's all you need to know about the future of the ECO Coin (and how it came about)

Here's all you need to know about the future of the ECO Coin (and how it came about)

Today is Earth Day! This means that we think about the relationship between man, nature and technology, as technology is becoming a nature of its own. Acknowledged in 192 …

Visual of The future of the ECO Coin

The future of the ECO Coin

How can we design a cryptocurrency for the better of humanity and ecology? In this last chapter of the crypto deep dive series , we will dissect two kinds of blockchain …

Visual of Three scenarios for the future of farming

Three scenarios for the future of farming

Agriculture may be one of the oldest of our technologies. Over time it has developed, changed, revolutionized, industrialized - or simply put, it has evolved . Today’s farms are …

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 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 Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling …

Visual of Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team

Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team

Are you working on projects where technology and human interaction are involved, and are you looking for a new approach? As of today, we offer a brand new workshop concept for you …

Visual of The return of Rayfish Footwear?

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 The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

The return of trade: Blockchain technology is enabling trade to make a fierce comeback

Before money came into existence, trading was all we knew. Farmers in China traded their spades for food and other goods, and this continued up until a point where most spades …

Visual of Robo Wunderkind is a modular robot even a five-year-old can program

Robo Wunderkind is a modular robot even a five-year-old can program

Meet the Robo Wunderkind, a new breed of smart toys that introduces children to the basics of coding and robotics in a playful way. Advanced technologies are increasingly embedded …

Visual of Smartphone app helps indigenous communities fight deforestation

Smartphone app helps indigenous communities fight deforestation

Five people suspected of illegal gold mining in Peru are in custody after indigenous community members used a system called ForestLink to alert authorities to the activity. …

Visual of Explore your relationship with AI in this exhibition

Explore your relationship with AI in this exhibition

What makes us human? And why do we sometimes fear artificial intelligence? And what about technological singularity - the moment in time when artificial intelligence outperforms …

Visual of Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart , it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent, too. A recent study found that in elderly people living in …

Visual of This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

Earth’s oceans have seen better days. They’re inundated with plastic waste, both whole single-use plastics and tons of plastic microparticles that find their way back into our …

Visual of Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

The emerging technology of the artificial womb confronts us with a series of moral and societal questions. How to cope with that? Join us on 29 March at Eindhoven University of …

Visual of Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

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 Pokemon are affected by climate change

How Pokemon are affected by climate change

You know climate change is real when dead coral Pokemon start to wash up on (virtual) beaches. Behold, Cursola, world’s first dead coral Pokemon. On the origins of Cursola While …

Visual of Driverless and electric, or car-free? How cities are cutting out cars, and why

Driverless and electric, or car-free? How cities are cutting out cars, and why

It’s common consensus in the tech industry that the days of cars as we know them—powered by gas, driven by humans, and individually owned by all who want and can afford one—are …

Visual of This expo confronts a planet in a state of emergency

This expo confronts a planet in a state of emergency

Meet the 'Eco-Visionaries' , these are the architects, artists and designers who respond to some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times. This exhibition reveals how …

Visual of Four visions for the future of public transport

Four visions for the future of public transport

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the …

Visual of How technology bridges the generational communication gap

How technology bridges the generational communication gap

Emoji, Skype, Selfies - can these communication technologies close the generation gap? In part, yes! Young people are teaching senior citizens how to use technology, and it’s …

Visual of Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s littered with timelapses of injected lip fillers, Kardashian-promoted beauty products, and Story filters that “enhance” your …

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 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 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 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 …

Visual of Next Nature gift guide 2019

Next Nature gift guide 2019

Whether you're in need of a holiday gift for your techie spouse or tech-adverse grandpa, the truth is, your loved ones deserve better than a generic gift card. Now we understand …

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 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 Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

Three ways virtual reality is revolutionizing teaching

You’ve probably heard how Virtual Reality (VR) is going to change everything: the way we work, the way we live, the way we play. Still, for every truly transformative technology, …

Visual of Who should win the ECO Coin Award 2019?

Who should win the ECO Coin Award 2019?

Each year we celebrate ecological heroes as part of our ECO Coin Award and this year is no different. Have you seen an inspiring person who is making the world a more …

Visual of A path to humane technology

A path to humane technology

In 1486, six years before Columbus dropped anchor in the New World, the 23-year-old Italian nobleman Giovanni Pico della Mirandola penned a passionate discourse on the unique …

Visual of How China is enjoying blue skies — thanks to the coronavirus

How China is enjoying blue skies — thanks to the coronavirus

Surrounded by greyness and with the air around you having a dusty, burnt taste; for a long time this is what it has been like to live in many of the world’s highly polluted …

Visual of Fake-for-Real: Octopus Lips

Fake-for-Real: Octopus Lips

A recent lip filler trend blew up on social media. 'Devil lips' , or Octopus lips, have attracted divided opinion online. When the body modification hit Instagram, some spectators …

Visual of Will we ever shake hands again? With this technology, we could

Will we ever shake hands again? With this technology, we could

“Please refrain from hand shaking" is a common sign we now see as a result of public health organizations advising people to avoid shaking hands as a greeting. As people still …

Visual of Hello, superorganism

Hello, superorganism

When I was a kid, my parents took me to the beach every summer. We’d swim in the ocean and play on our inflatable raft in the surf. When the tide was low, I’d build a sand castle …

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: 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, …

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 Next Generation: Sheng-Wen Lo hears ultrasound waves like pets do

Next Generation: Sheng-Wen Lo hears ultrasound waves like pets do

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 Next Generation: AI meets human creativity in Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo

Next Generation: AI meets human creativity in Sofia Crespo's Neural Zoo

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 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 …

Visual of Cyborg artist Moon Ribas feels earthquakes

Cyborg artist Moon Ribas feels earthquakes

Imagine waking in the night, and feeling the vibrations of an earthquake on the other side of the world pulsing through your body. This is a reality for Catalan-born artist Moon …

Visual of Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

Next Generation: Searching for Null Island with Deborah Mora

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 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 Talking Nonhuman Nonsense

Talking Nonhuman Nonsense

Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio existing somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They wonder upon our relationship with the non-human, embracing …

Visual of NNN announces 2021-2024 plans: 'Hello, Superorganism'

NNN announces 2021-2024 plans: 'Hello, Superorganism'

With great pleasure we announce our plans for 2021-2024: ‘Hello, Superorganism’ . Our human presence has a huge impact on the planet; plastic in the oceans, climate change, mass …

Visual of A countryside dweller's guide to the future

A countryside dweller's guide to the future

The current lockdown in much of Europe has city-dwellers flocking to the countryside to wait out the outbreak sweeping the continent. Seeking relief from coronavirus, urbanites …

Visual of Six principles of humane technology

Six principles of humane technology

We must be mindful about how we engage with technology: what we use it for, why, and whether it helps or hinders us. Sometimes our tech seems to be flowing in inhumane directions, …

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 Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

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 What we can learn from 'The Social Dilemma'

What we can learn from 'The Social Dilemma'

Is social media ruining the world? Dramatic political polarization. Rising anxiety and depression. An uptick in teen suicide rates. Misinformation that spreads like wildfire. The …

Visual of A button that tells your boss you're unhappy

A button that tells your boss you're unhappy

With gyms closed and millions cooped up and restless at home, it’s little wonder that “healthtech” is now being billed as the next big battleground over which the likes of …

Visual of Can we grow wood in a lab the same way we grow meat?

Can we grow wood in a lab the same way we grow meat?

In old nature, wood is grown in the forest. In the next nature, wood might be grown in a lab. Akin to the process of growing in-vitro meat , researchers in Velásquez-García’s …

Visual of Cooling buildings with ultra-white paint

Cooling buildings with ultra-white paint

From icy tundras to billowing clouds, the colour white crops up repeatedly in our planet’s palette. This colour provides a natural way for light from the sun to reflect back from …

Visual of How ‘cyborg soil’ reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

How ‘cyborg soil’ reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

Dig a teaspoon into your nearest clump of soil, and what you’ll emerge with will contain more microorganisms than there are people on Earth. We know this from lab studies that …

Visual of A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

A digital twin of the Earth could make the planet climate-neutral

While Elon Musk may be trying to initiate efforts to colonize Mars, scientists on Earth are attempting to build an accurate digital twin of the planet to simulate in the future. …

Visual of How a mantis shrimp can one day help build self-growing roads

How a mantis shrimp can one day help build self-growing roads

Don’t get fooled by the colourful, unsuspecting demeanour and size of the mantis shrimp. Known as “death incarnate” to its prey on the seafloor, the crustacean hides two …

Visual of Can microbes communicate with alien species?

Can microbes communicate with alien species?

Are we alone in the universe? The famous Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) programme has been trying to answer this question since 1959. American astronomer Carl …

Visual of The expo 'Science Friction' explores living among companion species

The expo 'Science Friction' explores living among companion species

Is it possible to imagine other earthly stories? Can we conceive of other ways of living among different species? This exhibition explores these issues with the help of a …

Visual of Animals are 'shapeshifting' to cope with climate change

Animals are 'shapeshifting' to cope with climate change

Global warming is a big challenge for warm-blooded animals, which must maintain a constant internal body temperature. As anyone who’s experienced heatstroke can tell you, our …

Visual of Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

The Sun is the most important source of energy for sustaining life on Earth, but it gives us a lot more than just light and heat. It also gives us solar storms.

Visual of Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

The idea of colonizing Mars has become the big speculative future of humanity on Earth. But, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has radically different ideas to contribute to the …

Visual of Working with microbes to clean up electronic waste

Working with microbes to clean up electronic waste

If you were to stack up all the electronic waste produced annually around the world it would weigh as much as all the commercial aircrafts ever produced, or 5,000 Eiffel towers. …

Visual of Welcome to New Evoluon

Welcome to New Evoluon

Today our human impact on Earth is humongous. Climate change, plastic oceans, mass urbanization and deforestation. Scientist recently calculated the technosphere now outweighs the …

Visual of Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

Why urban gardens are crucial for conserving bees and butterflies

As humans have industrialised farming to feed a growing global population, pollinators – animals vital for plant reproduction – have seen their food supply decline. In the UK, …

Visual of Geodesign

Geodesign

We have identified eight key defining moments that tell the story of geodesign, from ancient insight to artificial intelligence.