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Visual of Letter to Humanity

Letter to Humanity

NNN director Koert van Mensvoort writes a letter to humanity.

Visual of Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Read the Letter to Humanity in Morse Code.

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 …

Visual of Van Mensvoort Writes a Letter to Humanity

Van Mensvoort Writes a Letter to Humanity

On the occasion of the Earth Day, 22 April 2017, philosopher Koert van Mensvoort wrote his Letter to Humanity.

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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 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 Google Wants to Tattoo a Phone Onto Your Throat

Google Wants to Tattoo a Phone Onto Your Throat

Google has just submitted a patent for lie-detecting throat tattoo that can also make calls.

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 There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

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

Visual of Engineering Mosquitoes into Flying Vaccinators

Engineering Mosquitoes into Flying Vaccinators

Scientists have developed a mosquito that spreads vaccine instead of disease. The researchers, led by molecular geneticist Shigeto Yoshida of Jichi Medical University in Tochigi …

Visual of Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Some people like berries, some like tomato's. So what do you get when you get when the two mate? Indeed, the latest hyperfruit spotted on the selves is the Tomberry . This …

Visual of Nano Tattoo to Monitor Diabetes

Nano Tattoo to Monitor Diabetes

Now here is something for the NANO Supermarket : Massachusetts-based Draper Laboratories have developed a special injectable ink with nano–particles. This ink eventually could …

Visual of Meet the lungs of the sea: phytoplankton

Meet the lungs of the sea: phytoplankton

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the ocean’s surface waters. They can’t swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, …

Visual of A Mosquito Factory to Defeat Zika Virus

A Mosquito Factory to Defeat Zika Virus

There's a factory in China that produces mosquitos and their plan is to defeat the Zika virus.

Visual of 3D-Printed Shell to Save Tortoise's Life

3D-Printed Shell to Save Tortoise's Life

A severely injured tortoise was saved by a team of doctors thanks to a 3D printed shell.

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 Simulacra and Simulations

Simulacra and Simulations

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. -Ecclesiastes If we were able to take as the …

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 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 This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

This exhibition investigates how humanity will live tomorrow

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

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 This startup uses body heat to mine crypto

This startup uses body heat to mine crypto

While many love to speculate about the sheer number of jobs that robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace in the near future, no one seems to be coming up with any …

Visual of How to Grow your Own Toaster

How to Grow your Own Toaster

Now here is an experiment any one can do at home: Look around in your house and try to find a consumer product of which you know where it was made and by whom. Got any? Indeed, …

Visual of Making Tomatoes Tasty Again

Making Tomatoes Tasty Again

Scientists have found a way to bring back the lost flavor of tomatoes.

Visual of Auto Paint Stones

Auto Paint Stones

Nextnatural stones formed from layers of paint in old car factories.

Visual of How to turn your 3D printer into a food printer

How to turn your 3D printer into a food printer

While the pandemic has restricted us from doing many activities we like, household hobbies such as DIY , baking and crafts have become more popular. Now there’s a way to combine …

Visual of Botox Makes it Harder to Feel Emotions

Botox Makes it Harder to Feel Emotions

Studies suggest that Botox impairs the ability to process the emotional content of language, limiting the quality of emotional experiences.

Visual of Robots Invade Stores to Steal Our Jobs

Robots Invade Stores to Steal Our Jobs

There's a new threat to the world's unemployed. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot that helps to organize shop inventories, making that trip to the …

Visual of The Story of Money: Livestock

The Story of Money: Livestock

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

Visual of Wearable Device For Tomato Lovers

Wearable Device For Tomato Lovers

The Wearable Tomato Project consists in a robot that dispenses tomatoes.

Visual of The Autonomous Tractor Is Here

The Autonomous Tractor Is Here

Case IH debuted their autonomous farm tractor that plants, monitors crops and harvests, all without a driver.

Visual of Purple GM Tomatoes Prevent Cancer

Purple GM Tomatoes Prevent Cancer

A new strain of purple GM tomatoes last longer on shelves and help out cancer-prone mice.

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 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 A Plan to Eliminate Predators

A Plan to Eliminate Predators

British philosopher David Pearce believes we should to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.

Visual of Escaped Pet Birds Teach Wild Cockatoos how to Talk

Escaped Pet Birds Teach Wild Cockatoos how to Talk

In some parts of Australia it is no exception to hear voices when there are no people near. The voices are the chatter of wild cockatoos that where taught words and sentences from escaped domesticated cockatoos.

Visual of Reverse Retouching: Fattening Up Too-Thin Models

Reverse Retouching: Fattening Up Too-Thin Models

The more we look like ads, the closer we get to some ideal of beauty, the more off-putting we find the results.

Visual of Colorado Town votes on License to Hunt Drones

Colorado Town votes on License to Hunt Drones

Drones are the mosquitoes of the 21st century. A small town in Colorado will be voting on an ordinance for drone hunting licenses for shooting down the wild robotics.

Visual of Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

Stratospheric Sky Garden with Proto Life

A sky garden of cacti and artificial life forms floating a hundred thousand feet above the Earth's surface.

Visual of The Desktop Factory - Do It Yourself

The Desktop Factory - Do It Yourself

Nowadays, most people can't make anything at home because it's too expensive. Roboticist Hod Lipson wants you to stop shopping and use his portable 3-D printer to make your own …

Visual of Monkeys Fall into the 'Uncanny Valley' Too

Monkeys Fall into the 'Uncanny Valley' Too

The uncanny valley, a phrase coined by Japanese robotic researcher Masahiro Mori nearly three decades ago, describes the uncanny feeling that occurs when people look at …

Visual of Swallow a Pill to Turn Your Body into a Living Password

Swallow a Pill to Turn Your Body into a Living Password

Need a password that you'll never forget and can never be stolen? Try storing it in a pill in your gut.

Visual of Brain Implant Restores Memory to Cocaine-Addled Monkeys

Brain Implant Restores Memory to Cocaine-Addled Monkeys

A team of researchers from three universities have succeeded in creating the first device that boosts the brain power of primates. In the study, five rhesus macaques were trained …

Visual of Use a Touchscreen Without Touching it

Use a Touchscreen Without Touching it

UltraHaptics is a system for creating haptic feedback in mid-air, offering new kind of interactions with our touchscreens.

Visual of Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Using Simple Scents to Trick Shoppers into Buying

Retailers have long known that certain smells get us into the buying mood – cinnamon or warm cookies around the holidays, for instance – even if we're shopping for completely …

Visual of Making a Telegraph with Stone Age Tools

Making a Telegraph with Stone Age Tools

The suited guy in the video is an employee from the office of materials that goes into the wilderness to test if it would have been possible to create a fully functioning …

Visual of 'Alp' Turns Containers into Refrigerators

'Alp' Turns Containers into Refrigerators

Transporting and displaying cold food is an incredibly wasteful and inefficient process. Current display refrigerators, like those that display meats or cheeses in supermarkets, …

Visual of Pantone SkinTone

Pantone SkinTone

Should made-to-order babies become a reality in the near future, one piece of the design puzzle has been solved now Pantone has release their SkinTone system. Indexing 110 skin …

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 Who Owns the Rights to a Toucan?

Who Owns the Rights to a Toucan?

Kellogg, the proud copyright holders of Toucan Sam, recently asked a the Mayan Archeology Initiative  to reconsider their logo . Despite the fact that the two birds have entirely …

Visual of Colorized Photographs Blur the Line Between History and Simulation

Colorized Photographs Blur the Line Between History and Simulation

Is a colorized antique photo more or less "real" than the original?

Visual of How to Turn Skin Cells into a Baby

How to Turn Skin Cells into a Baby

A stem cell experiment with mice may one day mean that same-sex couples could have bio children.

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"Responsive Typography" Tracks Your Location to Automatically Resize Text

A new website changes the text's font size depending on your distance from the computer.

Visual of Facebook Turned into a Real Toxic Drug

Facebook Turned into a Real Toxic Drug

The popular social network icon has been turned into a potentially lethal narcotic substance.

Visual of Mapping the human desire to be touched

Mapping the human desire to be touched

Fleshmap touch investigates the collective perception of erogenous zones. Hundreds of people ranked how good it would feel to touch or be touched by a lover in different points of …

Visual of Ferrari Tomato

Ferrari Tomato

Do you happen to know the Dutch Tomatoes? They look like Ferrari's and taste like shit. They are redder, rounder, larger, and maybe even healthier than the ones from our gardens. …

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Visual of How to Turn Pork in to Beef

How to Turn Pork in to Beef

Next, we are anticipating recipes on how to turn pork into dinosaur filet.

Visual of Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

See also: How to grow a Heinz Bottle , Ferrari Tomato

Visual of Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

I think all Nature has a fractal structure, from Planet to Atoms. Website: Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms

Visual of This app allows you to talk to quarantined people around the world

This app allows you to talk to quarantined people around the world

Loneliness is one of the silent serial killers during the pandemic. Therefore Next Nature provides you the tip to pick up your phone.  Artists Danielle Baskin and Max Hawkin …

Visual of To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

Buckle up for a new video from our favorite performance philosopher Jason Silva: To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman.

Visual of From Genes, to Memes, to Temes

From Genes, to Memes, to Temes

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, …

Visual of From Analog to Digital, back to Analog

From Analog to Digital, back to Analog

Bitquid is an installation by Jeroen Holthuis which shows digital information transferring in an analogue way, through the use of fluorescent liquid. Nowadays the use of internet …

Visual of Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Arizona gets a Cactus Cellular Tower Too

Over six years ago we blogged our first cellphone antenna tree, and boy have they been propagating! Nowadays you'll find them in all kinds of species, cactus included.

Visual of Vector Stones

Vector Stones

These stones were dug up by future archaeologists, some centuries after the integration of the digital and the material world was completed. No seriously, our peculiar image of …

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 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 Today: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Today: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Eat the fruit. Kiss the Snake. Today 16:30-17:30: Paradise by the Laptop Light is the opening event of the Wereld van Witte de With Festival .

Visual of Photoshop Your Way to Beauty

Photoshop Your Way to Beauty

Filmmaker Jesse Rosten shows his critical views on body standards by presenting the exclusive beauty breakthrough Fotoshop by Adobé. This revolutionary product features pro-pixel …

Visual of Turn Your Laptop into a Retro Typewriter

Turn Your Laptop into a Retro Typewriter

Miss the soothing clacking of typewriter keys? Long for satisfying clang of a carriage return? Noisy Typer , a piece of freeware for your Mac, adds the nostalgic noises of a …

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

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

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

Visual of The return of direct democracy: Introducing a digital agora to the crypto-world

The return of direct democracy: Introducing a digital agora to the crypto-world

In Ancient Greece the people were part of a direct-democracy, this means that they would directly vote for policies and laws. Nowadays, it seems as though this horizontal approach …

Visual of Biggest Visual Powershow: Photo report

Biggest Visual Powershow: Photo report

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

Visual of 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 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 Back to the Tribe

Back to the Tribe

Traditionally, technology is seen as a force that diminishes our instincts and puts us at a distance of nature. Increasingly however, we realize technology can also energize and …

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

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

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

Visual of A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

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

Visual of 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 Douglas Coupland: A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years

Douglas Coupland: A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years

Douglas Coupland is a writer and artist based in Vancouver. For the canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, he wrote The ‘radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years’ a dystopian …

Visual of An introduction to Biomimicry

An introduction to Biomimicry

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

Visual of Humans could recolonize Earth after mass extinctions with ectogenesis

Humans could recolonize Earth after mass extinctions with ectogenesis

Lately it seems that every movie, book and video game we see is about future apocalypses. Science articles are also painting a grim future for Earth and its inhabitants. If it’s …

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 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.

Visual of Fighting Photo Overflow with a Camera

Fighting Photo Overflow with a Camera

What if a camera would say "no" when you press the shutter because there are already too many similar photos on the internet?

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 A Future Love Story

A Future Love Story

By MARCEL VAN DER DRIFT. Ten years from now, a cell phone gently sinks to the bottom of the river. It's one of the latest models. The clever design, trendy colours and nifty …

Visual of Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby's Life

Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby's Life

Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby.

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 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 Slowing down to start up: Here's the first chapter of our crypto deep dive series

Slowing down to start up: Here's the first chapter of our crypto deep dive series

It takes years to design a new banknote, having hundreds of people working on every little detail, all done under the watchful eye of governments and professionals. However today, …

Visual of Should men be able to give birth to children?

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Within a few years, it may be possible for premature babies to grow inside an artificial womb. And when that day arrives, should men be able to give birth to children? Should we …

Visual of Tracking Employees' Body Functions to Improve Business Performance

Tracking Employees' Body Functions to Improve Business Performance

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

Visual of A Smart Top to Correct Body Posture

A Smart Top to Correct Body Posture

FysioPal is a smart top made to support and enhance the upper-body and posture.

Visual of Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

Artificial 'Trees' to Stop Climate Change

The fabrication of forests with artificial trees is one of the best strategies to stop climate change, according to scientists of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers . The …

Visual of This brain-controlled exoskeleton allows a paralyzed man to walk again

This brain-controlled exoskeleton allows a paralyzed man to walk again

A breakthrough technology that responds to signals from the brain has transformed the life of a paralyzed 28-year-old man called Thibault. Four years after the initial incident …

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 Next Generation: Hearing the first breath of Earth with Dora Lionstone

Next Generation: Hearing the first breath of Earth with Dora Lionstone

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 From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait

From Bad Selfie to Perfect Portrait

Say goodbye to bad selfies with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor.

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

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

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

Visual of An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

Meet Josh Tetrick, entrepreneur who wants to reinvent the food industry and plans to launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

Visual of Today: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Today: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Eat the fruit. Kiss the Snake. Today 16:30-18:00: Paradise by the Laptop Light at STRP Festival .

Visual of On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

On the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

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

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

Interview: Curator Ilari Laamanen on Momentum9, the Nordic Biennial

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

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 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 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 Swiping is the new touching

Swiping is the new touching

From all the memes that have reached me through my screen since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, there is one that perfectly reflects my thoughts in the beginning of March …

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 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 Welcome to the CRISPR baby world—here’s what you should know

Welcome to the CRISPR baby world—here’s what you should know

Last week, the gene editing world was hit by news the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. In a video on YouTube , Dr. Jiankui He at Southern University of Science and Technology in …

Visual of People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

People are less likely to turn a robot off if it asks them not to

A team of German researchers published  a study  earlier this week indicating people can be duped into leaving a robot turned on just because it “asks” them to. The …

Visual of The World is not a Desktop

The World is not a Desktop

Mark Weiser (originally written for ACM Interactions ). What is the metaphor for the computer of the future? The intelligent agent? The television (multimedia)? The 3-D graphics …

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 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 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 From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

Nature demanded that we make a choice between immortality and sex, but the Next Nature of the 21st century may not. For help, we can look back to the 20th Century, which had many …

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 Facebook Provides a Suicide Prevention Tool

Facebook Provides a Suicide Prevention Tool

Facebook provides a new tool for suicide prevention

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 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 How Amazon trees write their own autobiographies

How Amazon trees write their own autobiographies

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

Visual of 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 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 Seven ways to connect with your loved ones (and others)

Seven ways to connect with your loved ones (and others)

During these challenging times, we have tried to find happy moments together where we could find them. From weekly Zoom lunches to having online wine tastings, still, it doesn't …

Visual of Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

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

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

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

Visual of 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 …

Visual of The Cat Parasite that Sells Motorcycles

The Cat Parasite that Sells Motorcycles

The protozoa Toxoplasma gondii makes an unobtrusive home in nearly every warm-blooded species, but it's prolific life is limited: Toxo can only reproduce in cat stomachs. The …

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 Legally Stealing $60Million of Cryptocurrency

Legally Stealing $60Million of Cryptocurrency

All it takes to steal $60million worth of cryptocurreny is to create a child DAO. Sounds too good to be true...

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 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 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 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 Louis Vuitton VS Fake for Real

Louis Vuitton VS Fake for Real

The Fake for Real Memory Game – consisting of 60 cards that playfully visualize the classical theme of fake and real in our society – has temporarily been taken offline due to …

Visual of Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

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

Visual of ECO Coin Lab at Welcome to the Village

ECO Coin Lab at Welcome to the Village

Last weekend the ECO coin ran its second living lab at Welcome to the Village festival. We wanted to experiment with making our new sustainable currency more social and test our new ECO coin payment system.

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

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

Visual of Your next doctor might just be a robot

Your next doctor might just be a robot

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

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

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

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

Visual of The Story of Money: Shells

The Story of Money: Shells

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

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 Stockholm Underground

Stockholm Underground

Subway stations are usually designed in a clean and modernistic style in order to make people forget they are traveling deep underground. How different in the Stockholm subway, in …

Visual of Four Objections to Lab-Grown Meat

Four Objections to Lab-Grown Meat

In vitro meat has been billed as a way to  end animal suffering , put a stop to global warming , and solve the world's insatiable demand for animal protein. There's no doubt that …

Visual of Love your monsters

Love your monsters

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

Visual of Storing Knowledge for Eternity

Storing Knowledge for Eternity

Researchers discovered a way to store data in five dimensions on a nano structured glass able to survive for billion of years.

Visual of How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

How to biofabricate leather; lessons from the lab

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

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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 Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

The self-repairing sole is a dynamic solution to an everyday problem.

Visual of Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

Francesca Barchiesi's glove concept allows the user to translate hand gestures into images and information.

Visual of 1999 - Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

1999 - Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

The movie The Matrix brought ectogenesis to the public eye.

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

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

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

Visual of The Buttons

The Buttons

Nowadays buttons are completely mundane and natural objects in our environment. You find them on phones, alarm clocks, keyboards, elevators, dishwashers and of course on the …

Visual of Food To Eat With Your Eyes

Food To Eat With Your Eyes

In Japan, fake food industry represents a century of old crafting tradition and a multi billion business.

Visual of 1896 - Baby Incubators in Coney Island

1896 - Baby Incubators in Coney Island

In 1896 Dr Couney incubated premature babies. He saved at least 6.500 premature infants from death by putting them on display in Coney Island.

Visual of Space Tourism: Your next vacation destination might not be on Earth

Space Tourism: Your next vacation destination might not be on Earth

Back in the mid-twentieth century, before the first moon landing, people had all sorts of ideas about the golden age of space travel in front of them. Colonize the moon! Fly …

Visual of This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

This tiny tooth sensor tracks what you eat, and it could help you be healthier

The South Beach diet. The Atkins diet. Eating paleo. Cutting out gluten. Going vegan. The list of fad diets and health crazes goes on, yet health statistics in the US and around …

Visual of Placebo Buttons

Placebo Buttons

Buttons are everywhere: throughout your day you press them on phones, alarm clocks, keyboards, elevators, dishwashers and of course on the computer screen. Although buttons did …

Visual of ECO Coin at Welcome to the Village

ECO Coin at Welcome to the Village

On July 21, 22 and 23 you are invited to join us at Welcome to the Village festival in the Friesland province of The Netherlands for our next iteration of the ECO coin!

Visual of Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

Lions Relocate to the Suburbs

As cities push to the edges of the wilderness, wild animals are increasingly com

Visual of Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

Anthropomorphism Puts a Friendly Face on Autonomous Vehicles

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

Visual of Meatable: From stem cells to pork chops

Meatable: From stem cells to pork chops

The food chain has always worked roughly like this: sunlight feeds plants. Plants feed insects. Insects and plants feed animals. Plants and animals feed people. Then …

Visual of Neither Warfare nor Dumplings Are Innate to Human Nature

Neither Warfare nor Dumplings Are Innate to Human Nature

In Ngogo, Gombe and elsewhere in Africa, bands of male chimpanzees regularly make organized raids on neighboring troops and batter their enemies to death. These grim, warring …

Visual of Order Anything with Amazon's Button

Order Anything with Amazon's Button

Amazon introduced a new gadget, named Dash Button, that will help you order groceries automatically.

Visual of “Next Tokyo” City Plan Unveiled

“Next Tokyo” City Plan Unveiled

A proposal for a residential skyscraper in Tokyo Bay as part of “Next Tokyo”, takes into account the recurrent threats of rising sea levels, seismic activity and typhoons.

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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 How to get rid of 2400 memory games

How to get rid of 2400 memory games

The Fake for Real memory game was sold in a stylish box with a pattern resembling the internationally known and faked Louis Vuitton pattern. The LV pattern was ironically mimicked …

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 Junk Food or Tobacco?

Junk Food or Tobacco?

An article about the future position of junk food.

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 From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

From the Super Muscular Pig to the Hypoallergenic Cow: New GMOs May Soon Be on Your Plate

The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From …

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 Disney Causes Tourism Overload in Norway

Disney Causes Tourism Overload in Norway

Disney's Frozen is causing tourism overload in Norway, and it's not sure if that is a good thing.

Visual of Lego Towers

Lego Towers

What did you play with when you were 8+ years old? Well let's say some people can never quit playing. The Bjarke Ingels Group ( BIG , Copenhagen-based group of 85 architects, …

Visual of Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

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

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

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

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

Visual of The Advent of Connected Toys

The Advent of Connected Toys

It is the era of smart toys, but they certainly raise difficult questions for parents.

Visual of Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Meeting the Future at TodaysArt

Last week The Hague hosted a festival dedicated to contemporary experiments in music, art and digital culture.

Visual of Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphobia

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

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 The Story of Money: Plastic

The Story of Money: Plastic

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

Visual of “That modernist dream of the house as butler, that’s not going to happen”

“That modernist dream of the house as butler, that’s not going to happen”

Looking at evolution, we see that there’s always a next nature. Nature changes along with us. How will that influence our way of life in the future?

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

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 …

Visual of Photoshop for Voice on Its Way

Photoshop for Voice on Its Way

What if we can no longer rely on authenticity of voice recordings? A demo software to alter them premiered recently.

Visual of The Story of Money: Paper

The Story of Money: Paper

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

Visual of Peer-to-Peer Immigration

Peer-to-Peer Immigration

At the beginning of the computer era, many objects and experiences from everyday life were transferred to the digital environment in order to make technology understandable (think …

Visual of Brand Logos Translated into Chinese

Brand Logos Translated into Chinese

Would you be able to recognize these logos if they were in Chinese?

Visual of Algorithm Tells You How to Dress

Algorithm Tells You How to Dress

What should I wear today? The answer to one of life’s big questions could came from an algorithm created to solve all your fashion problems.

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 Virtual Bedtime Stories

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Samsung just revealed the prototype version of Bedtime VR Stories, a technology that connects parents to their children in virtual reality, right before bedtime.

Visual of Ingestible Microchips Monitor Medication

Ingestible Microchips Monitor Medication

Digestible Microchips are now approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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 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 This controversial new test could be used to screen embryos for intelligence

This controversial new test could be used to screen embryos for intelligence

A new test promises to fan the flames of ethical debate surrounding designer babies. For the first time, couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) could soon be able to …

Visual of The beginner's guide to biohacking

The beginner's guide to biohacking

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

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 VR as a Tool for Social Change

VR as a Tool for Social Change

United Nations aims at turning a playful technology into a serious medium.

Visual of Carpooling into the Future

Carpooling into the Future

American company Ideo has taken the essence of on-demand economy at heart, presenting a vehicle with detail-designed services for the future of carpooling.

Visual of The Story of Money: Gold

The Story of Money: Gold

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

Visual of Bisected Brontosaurus in a Water-Filled Case

Bisected Brontosaurus in a Water-Filled Case

Chinese artist Xu Zhen created the monumental untitled sculpture depicted above (sorry I am such a bad photographer) for "NONO", a show without explanations or preconceptions, I …

Visual of Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

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

Visual of Ingestible Device to Monitor Vital Signs

Ingestible Device to Monitor Vital Signs

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

Visual of 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 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 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 How to design a digital democracy

How to design a digital democracy

10 design requirements to fully immerse ourselves into the 21st Century—in which technology makes our world richer, not poorer.

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une Potato Chip

Ceci n'est pas une Potato Chip

Proctor and Gamble, the maker of Pringles , has successfully argued in a British court that their product is ‘not a potato chip’. Pringles are also officially now, not potato …

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 GM Mosquitoes: No Olfaction, No Sting

GM Mosquitoes: No Olfaction, No Sting

Engineering mosquitoes to ignore the scent of human flesh.

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The Sci-Fi Prehistory of "Victimless" Meat

A (very) short history of a century's worth of "disembodied" meat in fiction.

Visual of A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

For every smartphone user to recognize, is that merely the lighting of your screen, a vibration or ring distracts you from almost every activity. Even when you are spending time …

Visual of BAT Flies High in the Sky to Make Energy

BAT Flies High in the Sky to Make Energy

Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a giant high altitude wind turbine that brings low cost energy to remote areas and off-grid sites.

Visual of Scan Yourself With Your Digital Doctor

Scan Yourself With Your Digital Doctor

There seems to be a high demand for the ability to self-diagnose. Consider Scanadu , a company developing a medical device for self-diagnosis, has become the highest funded …

Visual of The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.

Visual of Photoshop Hacks Become In Real Life Art

Photoshop Hacks Become In Real Life Art

UV Production House reflects on popular online platforms for maker culture.

Visual of A Temporary Tattoo That Heals

A Temporary Tattoo That Heals

Moving tattoos from purely aesthetic crave to a healing method thanks to nanotechnology.

Visual of Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Toilet paper for smartphones now on offer at Japanese airport.

Visual of Nanotech Diatoms

Nanotech Diatoms

No, those aren't plastic trinkets or beads from a craft store. They're diatoms, a group of single-celled algae, and unlike almost all of our current technologies, they can rapidly …

Visual of Turning Detroit into Farms and Forests

Turning Detroit into Farms and Forests

Concerned locals are turning Detroit back into farmland and forests.

Visual of Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

Bionic Hand with Real Sense of Touch

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

Visual of Not On The App Store

Not On The App Store

There isn't an App for everything, and we need a sticker that reminds us so.

Visual of Robotic Furniture puts IKEA to Shame

Robotic Furniture puts IKEA to Shame

Science Fiction taught us to think of robots as human-like beings, yet the robots that actually make it into your home are more likely to look like furniture.

Visual of From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

From Discarded Mega Oil-Tanker to Village

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

Visual of Turning Poop Back Into Food

Turning Poop Back Into Food

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

Visual of Morality of an Autonomous Car

Morality of an Autonomous Car

When an autonomous car has to make a decision, will self-interest or the public good predominate?

Visual of New Diets for Cows Can Stop Gas Emissions

New Diets for Cows Can Stop Gas Emissions

Yearly 90 million metric tonnes of methane are burped and farted into the atmosphere by cattle with effects on climate change. Researchers are looking for ways to change the cow's diet, feeding it oregano, seaweed and super grass.

Visual of Synthetic skin is bringing the sense of touch to VR

Synthetic skin is bringing the sense of touch to VR

Current social distancing measures are all about keeping a physical distance from each other in order to flatten the curve. But this does not mean we have to keep a distance from …

Visual of Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light is a visual power event with short films, speedlectures, special guests and one laptop. It will be held on 23 November 2007 16:30, as part of STRP Art …

Visual of The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007

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

Visual of Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light is a next nature event with short films, speedlectures, special guests and one laptop. It will be held on 12 September 2008 16:30-17:30, as the …

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 Tattooed Goldfishes

Tattooed Goldfishes

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

Visual of Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects Visible To The Naked Eye

Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects Visible To The Naked Eye

Some years ago scientists managed to build a rudimentary invisibility cloak, which was an impressive device but it had some important limitations, not least of which was that it …

Visual of Disaster Edens: The Anti-Tourist Attraction

Disaster Edens: The Anti-Tourist Attraction

Imagine your cruise to the Galapagos came with a ghoulish warning: "Your hair will fall out, your skin will blister, you'll probably get cancer and your children's children might …

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 GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

GM Bacteria Turn Carbon Dioxide into Biofuel

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

Visual of Illiterate Kids Learn to Hack Tablet Computers with No Outside Help

Illiterate Kids Learn to Hack Tablet Computers with No Outside Help

The One Laptop Per Child program is experimenting with what at first seems to be the lazy way to philanthropy: dropping off tablet computers in remote Ethiopian villages  and then …

Visual of NASA Solves the Toxic 'New Car Smell'

NASA Solves the Toxic 'New Car Smell'

A new material can stop toxic off-gassing from plastics, but the 'new car smell' is so valuable the car industry might not change.

Visual of The Artificial Touch-Sensitive Hand

The Artificial Touch-Sensitive Hand

Restoring the sense of touch with an artificial hand, using a brain interface.

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

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

Visual of A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

A Robotic Suit to Update Your Granny

The elderly may toss their walkers for this robotic suit.

Visual of Become an Emoji Translator

Become an Emoji Translator

Emoji translator wanted! London firm is looking for an emoji translator, take the test to find out if you're good enough.

Visual of Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

Should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares? Welcome to …

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 To Milk the Cows, Click here

To Milk the Cows, Click here

In millions of offices and homes around the world, people are hard at work planting crops, feeding cattle and tilling their land. Welcome to Farmville , the digital rural world …

Visual of Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Will Eugenics Become an Acceptable Strategy to Avoid Climate Change?

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of today and various scenarios, ranging from artificial trees , pollution trading , co2 capturing to geo-engineering, have been …

Visual of Sitting on Tofu

Sitting on Tofu

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

Visual of The Twitter Tooth Implant Becomes a Reality (Again)

The Twitter Tooth Implant Becomes a Reality (Again)

An implant equipped with an accelerometer can tell when you're chewing, chatting, smoking or sipping.

Visual of The World Responds to Bitcoin

The World Responds to Bitcoin

From small stores to the US government, what the world thinks of bitcoin.

Visual of In Vitro Recipe #10: Home Incubator

In Vitro Recipe #10: Home Incubator

The home incubator does for cooking what the electronic synthesizer did for musicians.

Visual of Nano-motors in Living Cells

Nano-motors in Living Cells

Scientists succeeded in implanting non toxic nano-motors into living cells.

Visual of You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

A button to simplify your internet affairs!

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 Are Robots the Future of Tattoos?

Are Robots the Future of Tattoos?

An industrial robot just tattooed the first person ever in San Francisco.

Visual of Plastic Exoskeletons for Turtles

Plastic Exoskeletons for Turtles

Antonio Esparza designed the TurtleBag: a 3D printable exoskeleton to help turtles distinguish plastic bags from jellyfish and extend their lifespan.

Visual of Tattooing Fruits and Veggies with Lasers

Tattooing Fruits and Veggies with Lasers

Eco-friendly lasers might soon replace stick-on labels on fruits and veggies.

Visual of Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

Next Generation: Get to know Valerie Daude

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

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

Runaway Robots Hunted by the Mammals They Were Designed to Replace

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

Visual of 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.

Visual of Animal Fauxtography

Animal Fauxtography

Fake photography, or fauxtography, has been around since the invention of cameras and nature is one of the most popular subjects of dishonest photographers.

Visual of The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

The Robots of Tomorrow: Biodegradable

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

Visual of Researchers are using VR to help teachers understand autism

Researchers are using VR to help teachers understand autism

Researchers are using VR as an empathy tool to help neurotypical teachers understand their students with autism. There have already been attempts to use VR to help autistic …

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Transmediale 2019

Your Next Nature guide to Transmediale 2019

Berlin is kicking off its cultural season with the not-to-miss 23th installment of Transmediale . This year the digital art/culture festival focuses on how feelings are made into …

Visual of Pantonebow

Pantonebow

Never believed in pots of gold anyway. Related: Credit on Color - rainbow of credit cards | Datafountain - money translated into water | Ceci n'est pas une Roche | Faked Fireworks …

Visual of Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

Dutch start Hunting again thanks to Supermarket Soccer Mascotte

In Holland people go crazy for soccer, especially now that the national team has reached the World Cup final. We gather everything that's orange – our shirt color – as the …

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 Incredibly Shrinking Humanity

Incredibly Shrinking Humanity

Arne Hendricks thinks we can solve the ecological crisis by shrinking every human on earth to 50cm tall: http://bit.ly/sxxNr1 #powershow

Visual of Featured Page #03: Tomorrow’s Fossils

Featured Page #03: Tomorrow’s Fossils

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . This week the thirs one in this series: Tomorrow’s Fossils. Ode to the car …

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

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

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

Visual of The Bottom-Up Bitcoin Revolution

The Bottom-Up Bitcoin Revolution

In a recent feel-good article, WIRED wrote about a special group of homeless friends in Florida who, equipped with laptops, phones and free WiFi, manage to make ends meet making …

Visual of Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

The Western Corn Rootworm has evolved to eat genetically engineered corn, designed to kill it.

Visual of Making the Skin your New Touchscreen

Making the Skin your New Touchscreen

A tool that could turn the arm into a touch screen display.

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 We Are Weaker Than Our Ancestors

We Are Weaker Than Our Ancestors

Human fitness has decreased so significantly that even the strongest of us would consider ancient men to have a supernatural force.

Visual of 3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs

3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs

Researchers from UC San Diego announced that they have developed 3D print tiny microrobots in the shape of fish able to detect and remove toxin from liquid.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

It's more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a …

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 Robot Babies to Prevent Pregnancy

Robot Babies to Prevent Pregnancy

An Australian study has shown the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it.

Visual of The New Era of Tourism is Underwater

The New Era of Tourism is Underwater

Sleeping underwater has always been your dream? Thanks to an ambitious project it will be soon reality.

Visual of 1923 - Term 'Ectogenesis' Coined

1923 - Term 'Ectogenesis' Coined

The term "ecotogenesis" was first coined in 1923 in "Daedalus".

Visual of Here’s how the Dutch are embracing blockchain in the polder

Here’s how the Dutch are embracing blockchain in the polder

Smiling broadly and rattling with enthusiasm, the 33-year-old Rylana Doesburg shows off a QR-code on her phone: an angular pattern of black and white squares. “Thanks to this …

Visual of Flu Collector

Flu Collector

Rather than trying to delay or avoid a flue infection, why not plan it?  The INFLU flu collector mask helps you to get sick when you want to. The INFLU mask is outfitted with a …

Visual of How to print a building

How to print a building

In the nineties laser printers revolutionized graphic design. Currently 3d desktop printers are revolutionizing industrial design. Next we will be printing buildings and …

Visual of Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Wild Birds Illegally Immigrating to City Zoo

Besides the extensive collection of animals from around the planet, the Amsterdam City Zoo Artis also houses some local wild species on its premises who immigrated into the zoo on …

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 Converse Sneaker Tattoo

Converse Sneaker Tattoo

Today, shoes have been naturalized to the extend that we hardly can imagine life without them. Yet, shoes didn't exist in old nature, hence there must have been a day when …

Visual of Get Your One Way Ticket to Mars

Get Your One Way Ticket to Mars

What to do when earth is not enough? Thousands of people, tired of their life on Earth, are ready to emigrate to Mars. Since subscriptions opened on April 22, 80,000 people have …

Visual of Wearable Antenna for Health Monitoring

Wearable Antenna for Health Monitoring

Wearable multifunctional antenna made of silver nano wires to monitor recovering people.

Visual of GM Pigs for Animal-to-Human Organ Transplant

GM Pigs for Animal-to-Human Organ Transplant

Scientists have been trying to develop GM pigs that could be used to solve the shortage of organs for transplant patients.

Visual of Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

Using Shrimp Shell to Produce Bioplastics

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

Visual of Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

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

Visual of 'Team Human' is a manifesto for humankind

'Team Human' is a manifesto for humankind

' Team Human ' is a manifesto—a fiery distillation of media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive …

Visual of 'The Invention of Morel’ is a techno-lovestory from the future, written in 1940

'The Invention of Morel’ is a techno-lovestory from the future, written in 1940

Octavio Paz says calls  The Invention of Morel , “ without exaggeration… a perfect novel. ” According to Borges, “ to classify  [it]  as perfect is neither an …

Visual of Ladybug cleans the Toilet

Ladybug cleans the Toilet

A bug that does the cleaning? This 1-meter (39-inch) tall, 1.35-meter (53-inch) long prototype robot ' named "Lady Bird" ' is designed to clean public restrooms at highway rest …

Visual of Review Paradise by the Laptop light

Review Paradise by the Laptop light

A review by Djbroadcast on the Paradise by the Laptop Light event last week. Sorry it is all so Dutch. Wat betekent het begrip natuur voor ons vandaag de dag? We zien 'de groene …

Visual of The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

The meat in the supermarket is abstract, square and habitually made from wickedly manufactured animals. A friend once told me he only eats meat if he "can not recognize the animal …

Visual of The Photoshop Beauties

The Photoshop Beauties

Usually we don't realize the hours of photoshopping spent on magazine and advertising images before publication. The raw photographic material reveals a lot about the fine craft …

Visual of Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

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

Visual of Reprogramming Skin Cells into Stem Cells

Reprogramming Skin Cells into Stem Cells

A major breakthrough in the world of genetics: Researchers have successfully reprogrammed skin cells into stem cells. Using a technique called iPS cell reprogramming (developed in …

Visual of Don’t feed the Tourists

Don’t feed the Tourists

We could have decided to domesticate pigs into pets, instead of dogs and cats. Then this would be a totally normal picture. And it wouldn’t be featured here as peculiar image. © …

Visual of Tattoo 2.0

Tattoo 2.0

As a child you probably had one of those temporary tattoos that come packed with over-sweetened chewing gum. It was a nice decoration, and a way to stand out. Recently researchers …

Visual of Customizing the Brain with Psychoactives

Customizing the Brain with Psychoactives

It’s long been a desire of the human species to have complete control over our own thoughts. We’ve all had these moments where we curse our brain. Asking questions like: “Why …

Visual of Ghost Imaging: Taking Pictures of the Invisible Thanks to a New 3D Technique

Ghost Imaging: Taking Pictures of the Invisible Thanks to a New 3D Technique

British research group created anew scanning technique permits to obtain 3D images and detect wavelengths that our visual system is not able to see.

Visual of Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Thanks to evolution goats can climb, shifting their ecosystems to the trees.

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 Intelligent Bikini Tells You How to Tan

Intelligent Bikini Tells You How to Tan

Think you've had enough sun? Ask your bikini!

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 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 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 In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

In Conversation with Marleen Hartjes: Introducing a digital door to the museum

Don’t be surprised when you catch a human face on a screen strolling through the Van Abbe museum for contemporary art in Eindhoven, as these are Europe’s very first robotic …

Visual of How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

How rich people used to show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

A stack of pancakes ladened with syrup, a frothy latte posed next to a white MacBook, a deep pan pizza oozing with cheese. Instagram has made “food porn” – images that portray …

Visual of Digital Stock Market Garden

Digital Stock Market Garden

The Ticker Garden is a stand-alone data visualization application that monitors a stock portfolio. Different flowers represent the real-time performance of selected stocks via the …

Visual of A Tomb for All People

A Tomb for All People

Those crazy Germans are planning to build modern versions of pyramids that will function as gigantic burial sites. "The Great Pyramid can potentially be any human being's grave or …

Visual of Forefather Ox cloned to revive delicious Steak

Forefather Ox cloned to revive delicious Steak

Delicious retro-future meat from Japan. Food technology in the overdrive. Japanese researchers successfully cloned what is believed to have been the forefather ox of Gifu …

Visual of Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

Phone Booths turned into Smoking Booths

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

Visual of Birthmarks Tattoo

Birthmarks Tattoo

As the name suggests, Birthmarks Tattoos , are fake - but permanent - birthmarks that you can add to your body. Aside from its decorative potential, Birthmarks Tattoo makes it …

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

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

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

Visual of Cliff Swallows Are Evolving to Avoid Cars

Cliff Swallows Are Evolving to Avoid Cars

Cliff swallows, as their name suggests, like to build nests on cliffs and other rocky outcroppings. They also like building their nests on bridges and overpasses, and sunbathe on …

Visual of Filling Vacant Lots with Augmented Reality Grocery Stores

Filling Vacant Lots with Augmented Reality Grocery Stores

A Chinese company wants to transform vacant lots into virtual shopping centers.

Visual of Invasive Crab Restores Damaged Habitat

Invasive Crab Restores Damaged Habitat

A strange set of coincidences turn an invasive species into a hero

Visual of Work Out Like the Flintstones

Work Out Like the Flintstones

The Paleo workout replicates the fitness regimen of our caveman ancestors.

Visual of Cosmos Tourism

Cosmos Tourism

The World View Experience offers an expensive journey to the edge of space.

Visual of Artificial Intelligence Able to Create Music

Artificial Intelligence Able to Create Music

Emily Howell is an interactive interface able to compose and perform her own pieces of music.

Visual of Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

Exhibition Fungal Futures: design with mushrooms.

Visual of Technosphere Weighs 30 Trillion Tons

Technosphere Weighs 30 Trillion Tons

If humans would disappear from the face of the Earth today, we would still leave 30 trillion tons of mass in the geological record. Certainly, "we were here" is written all over.

Visual of Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

Nowadays, young children are so used to the omnipresence of disposable toys. When their parents buy them a living pet animal they are unable to take care of it. Hamster tend to …

Visual of Pushing the Desktop Metaphor

Pushing the Desktop Metaphor

Despite the metaphor, current virtual desktops (a) have little resemblance to the look or feel of real world desktops (b). Bumptop explores making virtual desktops behave in a …

Visual of Next Friday: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Next Friday: Paradise by the Laptop Light

Paradise by the Laptop Light is a visual power event with short films, speedlectures, special guests and one laptop. It will be held on Friday 23 November 2007 16:30 - 18:00, as …

Visual of Homo Desktopus

Homo Desktopus

A future physical anthropologist who knows nothing about the human race and would dig up a contemporary desktop computer, might conclude homo desktopus must have been the user of …

Visual of Tail communicator

Tail communicator

'The LED Dog Tail Communicator' is an initiative of James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, and it is part of the larger 'Augmented Animals' project. Its focus points to technological …

Visual of Stop continental drift

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 Get Thee Up into a Fake Mountain

Get Thee Up into a Fake Mountain

If you felt like building a 2,000 meter mountain in the Netherlands, which features would you like to add? Journalist and accidental landscape visionary Thijs Zonneveld wants to …

Visual of Few days left to Support our Cookbook

Few days left to Support our Cookbook

Before we can decide if we are ever willing to eat meat from the lab, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us.

Visual of Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer

Implanted into Bacteria, Synthetic DNA Functions as a Diagnostic Computer

In the movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine and its crew were shrunk and injected into the body of a sick man in an attempt to save his life. Despite the fictional nature of this …

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

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

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

Visual of Implanting Chips into Employees

Implanting Chips into Employees

An he hi-tech Swedish office block implanted a microchip under the employees’ hand skin.

Visual of From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

From Vegetable to Stroopwafel

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

Visual of There Are More People Flying in Airplanes right Now, than there were Alive on Earth in the Stone Age

There Are More People Flying in Airplanes right Now, than there were Alive on Earth in the Stone Age

Today there are on average there are some 8000 planes in the sky carrying at least half a million people. On average during the Stone Age there must have been less.

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 Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

Next Generation: Building Aquatecture with Shaakira Jassat

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 Exploring Next Nature (2004)

Exploring Next Nature (2004)

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

Visual of Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

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

Visual of Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Effects of citrus smell and mosquito noise

Recently, two new inventions have been developed. One, the mosquito-buzzer produces a 5 or 6 KHz buzz, which is (or should be) only audible for people under 25 years old. A …

Visual of Inbox Victory

Inbox Victory

Have you ever been in the situation where you spend days trying answer all of your email only to accomplish your goal and have no one to share in your victory? All you want is a …

Visual of Tangible hologram projector

Tangible hologram projector

Using ultrasound technology, researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a holographic projector that displays three-dimensional virtual objects you can feel with your …

Visual of Where newspaper racks go to die

Where newspaper racks go to die

These photos of disused newspaper racks in a San Francisco storage yard – taken March 13, 2009 by AP/Noah Berger – are pretty much all you need to know about the state of the …

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 Modern Flint Tools

Modern Flint Tools

Stone tools are the most ancient evidence of our ancestor's ingenuity, proof that we've been augmenting our bodies for millions of years. These flint tools by Ami Drach and Dov …

Visual of The Right to Privacy

The Right to Privacy

Privacy is a right. A right given to people by telecommunications companies and social networking websites. It can be described by multiple-choice lists of settings. And it seems …

Visual of Using a Robot to Virtually Attend School

Using a Robot to Virtually Attend School

There are many people in the world for whom, for various reasons, it is impossible to leave the house or hospital. This means these people are not able to go to work or school. …

Visual of Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

How geology and humanity turn ancient algae into high-tech gadgets.

Visual of Computer Teaches Itself to Play Games

Computer Teaches Itself to Play Games

An algorithm observes human players to learn how to beat Super Mario Bros.

Visual of Cow Poower! Bacteria Turn Poo into Fuel

Cow Poower! Bacteria Turn Poo into Fuel

Farmers in the US are producing fuel and high-quality fertilizer from their cows' manure.

Visual of Google Travels to a Place in Your Memory

Google Travels to a Place in Your Memory

Google Maps preserves a place that's too dangerous to visit.

Visual of Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots Cooperate to Save Coral Reefs

Robots use swarm intelligence to rebuild coral reefs.

Visual of Squirrels Are in Cities to Keep Us Sane

Squirrels Are in Cities to Keep Us Sane

The surprising reasons why squirrels are so abundant in city parks in the US.

Visual of The Fist Bump Manifesto

The Fist Bump Manifesto

From the handshake to the sanitary, gender-neutral fist bump.

Visual of Transfer a Loving Tap Via Bluetooth

Transfer a Loving Tap Via Bluetooth

A bracelet able to transfer a touch between two people.

Visual of Smart Contact Lens Can Monitor Glucose

Smart Contact Lens Can Monitor Glucose

Smart contact lens project to monitor glucose.

Visual of Using Wood to Purify Water

Using Wood to Purify Water

Researchers at the MIT institute recently discovered an amazing low-tech way to filter water.

Visual of A Self-Aware Mario Able to Learn and Feel

A Self-Aware Mario Able to Learn and Feel

Super Mario is now able to learn and feel in the confines of his 8-bit universe.

Visual of Bionic Ants That Work Together

Bionic Ants That Work Together

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

Visual of Bistro In Vitro to Be Launched

Bistro In Vitro to Be Launched

Inspired by the award winning In Vitro Meat Cookbook , Next Nature Network and Submarine Channel present  Bistro In Vitro : an online design fiction documentary about the future …

Visual of Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair

Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair

An exoskeleton chair that allows the body to move freely.

Visual of Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging ghetto blasters in Utrecht are making you question poverty.

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 Intimate Technology S01E04: So Happy Together

Intimate Technology S01E04: So Happy Together

What if you could upload your fondest memories to the cloud? Watch episode 4 of our Intimate Technology video series.

Visual of Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

A machine lets drinkers instantly turn their empty beer bottles into sand.

Visual of Deadline to save the World: 30th August

Deadline to save the World: 30th August

Picnic Green Challenge calls upon people like you to invent a product or service that can help to save the world. Restore the planet's harmony and lets you win 500.000 Euro on the …

Visual of DNA as Information Storage

DNA as Information Storage

Scientists have written a message into the DNA of a living organism , a breakthrough they believe could lead to a new era of organic computers capable of healing themselves if …

Visual of Corporate animal pattern laptop

Corporate animal pattern laptop

These photo's were send to us by NextNature.net reader Gordon Cohen, who decided he liked the corporate animal backdrop so much that he and his girlfriend had it laser etched on …

Visual of Conversations at the doctor

Conversations at the doctor

A mother takes her sick child to the doctor. Who, after careful investigation, concludes the child has a 'virus infection'. The kid is offended and shouts: "But Doctor! I am not a …

Visual of Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Grow-a-NanoRaptor

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

Visual of Motorola's Agressive Biomimicmarketing

Motorola's Agressive Biomimicmarketing

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

Visual of Black Wolves Have Dogs to Thank

Black Wolves Have Dogs to Thank

Black wolves should probably not exist. The same species as their gray relatives, these wolves have a genetic mutation that causes them to produces excess melanin, a pigment …

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 Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

Rule #4: Complex Products Tend to Be Anthropomorphized

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

Visual of Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers

Fake Shanty Town Simulates Poverty for Rich Vacationers

You too can experience a life of grinding poverty in South Africa – with free WiFi and optional breakfast.

Visual of Meet The Tongue Parasite

Meet The Tongue Parasite

If you're a fish, and want to keep your original tongue, better keep your mouth closed.

Visual of Modifying Milk and Glowing Livestock

Modifying Milk and Glowing Livestock

Genetically modified glowing sheep make it harder to count sheep at night.

Visual of Now Your Smartphone Can Smell Like Barbecue and Buttered Potatoes

Now Your Smartphone Can Smell Like Barbecue and Buttered Potatoes

An olfactory device for Smartphones that spreads the aroma of barbecue using an app.

Visual of Sony's Smart Wig: Top or Flop?

Sony's Smart Wig: Top or Flop?

Sensors, a communication interface and an actuator for tactile feedback all hidden ina wig.

Visual of Medical Microbots Used to Perform Biopsy

Medical Microbots Used to Perform Biopsy

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

Visual of Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Cyborg cockroaches might be used for search-and-rescue operations in the future.

Visual of Meet the Vaccinator Drone

Meet the Vaccinator Drone

The Vaccinator Drone will provide you with the medicine you need.

Visual of Save The Humans @ The Hoxton Hotel

Save The Humans @ The Hoxton Hotel

Next Thursday, February 11, the Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam dedicates an evening to our newest publication: 'Save the Humans!'

Visual of How my chatbot fell in love with me

How my chatbot fell in love with me

The virus is forcing all of us to sit at home. While we are allowed to have social contact—albeit at an appropriate distance, intimate contact is hard to find. How to cope with …

Visual of Handsets gets taken to the grave

Handsets gets taken to the grave

More people than ever are asking to be buried or cremated with their mobile phones when they die. The trend, which began in South Africa, has now spread to a number of countries, …

Visual of A Society of Simulations

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 Houston, We've Got a Dome!

Houston, We've Got a Dome!

A 2 million-square-meter dome should protect Houston from hurricanes and regulate the climate.

Visual of Photoshopped Billboards

Photoshopped Billboards

Nice adbust in Berlins subway. Photoshop panels were put over the image to make reassure us that nobody is actually born that beautiful. More images . See also: Photoshop Beauties …

Visual of Flap to Freedom

Flap to Freedom

It works like this. Position yourself with a friend in front of a battery hen and flap your arms as fast as you can when the music sets in. The harder you flap the faster your …

Visual of The Real Coming to America

The Real Coming to America

Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker's documentary ' God Grew Tired of Us ' tells the odyssey of four boys from Sudan who embark on a journey to America after years of wandering …

Visual of Trips to the Moon

Trips to the Moon

When watching a science fiction flick, it can be hard to determine what time in the future it is set, although this is a usually an integral part of the movie. However, it is …

Visual of Rayfish CEO Responds to Break-In by Animal Rights Activists

Rayfish CEO Responds to Break-In by Animal Rights Activists

Rayfish CEO Raymond Ong recorded a video response in which he analyzes the controversy around his genetically engineered stingray leather sneaker. Highly recommended for nextnature connoisseurs.

Visual of To Generate Electricity, Just Tap on this Virus

To Generate Electricity, Just Tap on this Virus

Is your friend impatiently tapping on her phone, or is she just charging the battery? Researchers at the Berkeley Lab have produced the first virus-powered generator that runs off …

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"Ento" Brand Normalizes Eating Insects

While Next Nature is hard at work normalizing the idea of eating lab-grown meat , a group of British design students are working to bring insect-eating into the mainstream. Though …

Visual of Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

Bionic Eye: Limited Vision to the Blind

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

Visual of Have We Passed

Have We Passed "Peak Automobile"?

You’ve heard about peak oil, but what about peak automobile?

Visual of Hire a Hyperreal Girlfriend to Look Better on Facebook

Hire a Hyperreal Girlfriend to Look Better on Facebook

Baudrillard intersects with social media in the world of fake online girlfriends.

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.

Visual of A New Old Way to Share Pictures

A New Old Way to Share Pictures

The tiny Instagram projector.

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 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 HUBOT: Meet the Exoskeleton Mover

HUBOT: Meet the Exoskeleton Mover

A job from HUBOT: as an exoskeleton mover, you wear a motorized exoskeleton suit that gives you the muscular power of a gorilla.

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 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 …

Visual of A guide to parenting with AI Barbie

A guide to parenting with AI Barbie

The rise of artificial intelligence has brought us more advanced toys. If AI Barbie and her talking robotic friends are going to raise our kids, what would their parenting style …

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

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

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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 …

Visual of PictoOrphanage

PictoOrphanage

PictoOrphanage opened its gates to all abandoned creatures we thought should be saved from falling into oblivion. these helpless, lonely waifs and strays could be found …

Visual of Sexual Behaviour Totems

Sexual Behaviour Totems

These totems were developed by analyzing online pornography viewing habits. Custom software was written to sniff all incoming Web traffic at a discreet location, sorting packets …

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 How to build yourself a night elf

How to build yourself a night elf

Artist Max Kor, built himself a World of Warcraft Night Elf from scratch. Check his tutorial for an inside peek in surreal beauty construction. We are waiting for night elves to …

Visual of Photoshop terrorism

Photoshop terrorism

Some months ago Iran did a test to show off their missile power which turned out to be quite embarrassing because one out of three did not work. Fortunately, they had a good copy …

Visual of 'Atlantis' Turns out to be Interfacial Artefact

'Atlantis' Turns out to be Interfacial Artefact

Since the days of Plato, the lost city of Atlantis has captivated the imagination of many.  The city, if you don’t already know, was said to be a naval power located roughly 600 …

Visual of Melting polar bear reveals a metal skeleton

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 …

Visual of How does your Graph feel today?

How does your Graph feel today?

With all the new health management gadgets available becoming more and more widespread and cheap (even in the form of free iPhone apps),  your brain, your stomach, your heart, …

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 Gangnam Autonomy

Gangnam Autonomy

"A robot is a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man. Its components are usually electro-mechanical and are guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry. By …

Visual of The Action Plant Runs Away from Your Touch

The Action Plant Runs Away from Your Touch

Plants have it tough. They're tasty, silent, and stuck to the spot. With  Jurema Action Plant, artist Ivan Henriques has given plants the mobility they deserve . Henriques' pieces …

Visual of Thirsty? With a Cyborg Bladder, You'll Never Need to Drink

Thirsty? With a Cyborg Bladder, You'll Never Need to Drink

Some desert animals, like the kangaroo rat, get through their lives without needing to drink even a drop of water. Now, a Japanese design company aims to make humans just as …

Visual of A Robot to Make Rats Depressed

A Robot to Make Rats Depressed

The robot in the picture above chases and attacks the living rat rights besides it. The W-3, as the robot is named, is designed to make rats seriously depressed. In fact, this …

Visual of DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

DIY Body Modification to Hack Evolution

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

Visual of Hong Kong Says

Hong Kong Says "Cheese" to Pollution

Hong Kong has a rather cynical solution to the problem of ugly air pollution.

Visual of Kid Convinces Mother to go Vegan

Kid Convinces Mother to go Vegan

While most children nowadays believe the woods smell of shampoo, there are still those critical young minds out there eager to question things.

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part VI - Meat the Future

Moments in Meat History Part VI - Meat the Future

By the turn of the century, some people began raising questions about our meat consumption habits.

Visual of Mushrooms to Grow Surfboards, Shoes, and Even Your House

Mushrooms to Grow Surfboards, Shoes, and Even Your House

Mushrooms are set to replace petroleum-based packaging... and a lot of other things too.

Visual of Pubic Lice (Possibly) Going Extinct Due to Brazilian Waxing

Pubic Lice (Possibly) Going Extinct Due to Brazilian Waxing

With each swipe of the razor or rip of the waxing strip, the world has unwittingly been massacring one of its most familiar species. In what may be the first extinction caused by …

Visual of 50 Years Ago Asimov Predicted WiFi, Smartphones and Today's World Features

50 Years Ago Asimov Predicted WiFi, Smartphones and Today's World Features

Isaac Asimov predicts in 1964 what the world will look like today, in 2014.

Visual of Listening to Wi-Fi

Listening to Wi-Fi

Modern technologies give deaf people the ability to hear again, not only regular sounds but also the invisible Wi-Fi signals.

Visual of Art Experiment Allows to Kill with a Click

Art Experiment Allows to Kill with a Click

Florian Mehnert, A German artist, has launched an experiment that will give internet users the power to shoot a rat with a single click on their keyboard or smartphone. A …

Visual of Eating Plastic or Krill: a Smelly Story for Birds

Eating Plastic or Krill: a Smelly Story for Birds

Seabirds eat floating plastic debris because it smells like food, study finds.

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 The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

The path towards solar democracy with Marjan van Aubel

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

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 Incognito

Incognito

Incognito is a new skin cream line that let's you be unrecognizable for the CCTV cameras on the streets and public spaces like banks, city halls ATM's etc. …

Visual of Info Toaster

Info Toaster

Toasted bread as an information display device (originally developed in 2001 but somehow still intruiging): a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web and then …

Visual of Photoshop reporters in China

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 Clean linen toilet spray

Clean linen toilet spray

So what to think of this? A toilet spray that mimics the smell of clean linen. It is great in the beginning, yet in time your bed will smell like a toilet. Found in the futuristic …

Visual of How to Grow a Sneaker

How to Grow a Sneaker

No silly. Of course sneakers can't be grown from transforming Koi Karpers. This is merely an fictional piece by Yoske Nishiumi. But then again, do you have any idea where your …

Visual of Virtual Characters tortured for Science

Virtual Characters tortured for Science

In the classic Milgram Experiment conducted in the 1960s, volunteers were told by an authority figure to deliver electric shocks to another person as punishment for incorrect …

Visual of Search Stories

Search Stories

Once upon a time humans told stories by painting on cave walls, showing plays in an amphitheater, pressing text on paper and shining light trough pieces of film. Today we tell our …

Visual of Washable Tattoo

Washable Tattoo

So we know now that we can embed the traces of our every day lives in our clothes . Well, some might find this strategy unsatisfying and would like to embed the traces of their …

Visual of Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

Eating In-Vitro: Kitchen Meat Incubator

The Kitchen Meat Incubator does for home cooking what the electronic synthesizer did for the home musician. It provides its users with a set of pre-programmed samples that can be …

Visual of Growing Fruit into Its Own

Growing Fruit into Its Own "Juice Box"

Brazilian ad agency  AGE Isobar  spent two years experimenting in order to grow fruits into the shape of Camp's juice boxes. Immature limes, guavas and passionfruit were packed …

Visual of New Robot Turns Poo into Energy

New Robot Turns Poo into Energy

Though disgusting, sewage is an abundant, nutrient-rich resource. Researchers at the University of West England have taken advantage of this fact by creating  a robot that turns …

Visual of The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

The Soft Touch of a Human Hand

Nissan’s Engineers Are Creepily Trying To Replicate Human Skin

Visual of Turning Wind Farms into Seaweed Farms

Turning Wind Farms into Seaweed Farms

Closed to commercial shipping and fishing, offshore wind farms aren't put to much use besides generating clean energy. Ecofys , a Dutch sustainable consulting company, hopes to …

Visual of We want you to be Radically Open

We want you to be Radically Open

Can you do it? Do finish your lunch before clicking the link – or you might vaporise. The video was made by Jason Silva for the ongoing TEDGlobal 2012 which has Radical Openness …

Visual of Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

Clothes that Turn Heat into Electricity

With rising energy costs and our growing arsenal of iPads, smart phones, and wearable monitors, we're always on the lookout for new ways to power our devices.  Perpetua Power , an …

Visual of Fake Stores for a Crumbling Economy

Fake Stores for a Crumbling Economy

A 2 million pound investment to hide economic decay with fake storefronts.

Visual of Frisky Whisky: Radioactive Booze from the Atomic Age

Frisky Whisky: Radioactive Booze from the Atomic Age

The world's first – and hopefully last – whiskey aged with radioactivity.

Visual of High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

High-Priced Honey from Parisian Rooftops

Famous Parisian landmarks are home to hundreds of thousands of bees.

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part I - Origins of Meat-eating and Hunting

Moments in Meat History Part I - Origins of Meat-eating and Hunting

About 4 or 5 million years ago, major changes in the Earth's climate brought about grassland regions where giant mammals could graze.

Visual of Nanotech Shots Take Mice from Drunk to Sober in Minutes

Nanotech Shots Take Mice from Drunk to Sober in Minutes

Ever curse the fact that you have to wait hours to sober up after a night at the bar? Now, you can sober up almost instantly  – that is, if you're a mouse. Researchers at  MIT …

Visual of 3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

3D printing Tumors to Cure Cancer

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

Visual of A Brief History of Humankind

A Brief History of Humankind

Historian Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a journey through the whole human history.

Visual of Dissected Motorcycle

Dissected Motorcycle

The dissected motorcycle learns us that, like in old nature, much of the inner workings of next nature are occluded to us.

Visual of Falling in Love According to Facebook

Falling in Love According to Facebook

Facebook data science analyzed what happens to our virtual life when we fall in love.

Visual of Flights Delayed Due to iPad Crash

Flights Delayed Due to iPad Crash

Dozens of American Airlines flights were grounded as pliots' iPads crashed.

Visual of Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

Robot Swans Monitor Water Quality

The National University of Singapore released a group of robot swans in the Pandan Reservoir to swim around and keep an eye on water quality.

Visual of More People Are Too Fat Than Too Thin

More People Are Too Fat Than Too Thin

For the first time in history the world population counts more people who are too fat than too thin.

Visual of Helix, the App Store for Your Genome

Helix, the App Store for Your Genome

Startup Helix launched an online hub where you can digitally explore your genetic code by downloading different apps on your computer or smartphone.

Visual of Call for movies: Which movie deserves a spot in the sequal to the Next Nature movie top 10?

Call for movies: Which movie deserves a spot in the sequal to the Next Nature movie top 10?

Sequels and prequels appear in our cinemas every day but somehow we haven’t had a follow-up to our infamous Next Nature movie top 10 that fully deserves the “sequel treatment”. …

Visual of Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

Intensive agriculture may be nourishing most of the Earth’s inhabitants, but it’s doing the opposite to earth itself. Its dependence on singular crops, heavy ploughing machinery, …

Visual of Turning old buildings into sculptures

Turning old buildings into sculptures

Visual of Barcode Tattoos

Barcode Tattoos

Barcode tatoos . An intuitive manifestation of the decreasing border between humans and products?

Visual of Fake for Real: Toys are Us

Fake for Real: Toys are Us

Play can be a wonderful way to learn new things. Even young lions obtain their predatory skills through play. Don't worry - it's only a game! Humor can bring relief in tense …

Visual of Toys'R'Us

Toys'R'Us

March 2007 gave birth to Knut, the übercute baby icebear in the Berlin Zoo. A unique event, since it was 30 years ago a baby icebear was born in the zoo. Within weeks, Knut has …

Visual of Victoria 4.0

Victoria 4.0

Victoria has great realism, perfect imperfections, and incredible ease of use. Based on live human models she is trying to close the gap between real life and models typically …

Visual of Who wants to drive in a Fish?

Who wants to drive in a Fish?

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

Visual of Banksy Pet Store

Banksy Pet Store

Famous street artist Banksy left his grafitti spraycans at home and sets to opening a pet store. The difference with this pet store is that instead of looking at pets, you look at …

Visual of Skeleton Mouse

Skeleton Mouse

This rather illustrative but nonetheless peculiar object of the week is for all you Goths out there. Surely Douglas Engelbart – who invented the computer mouse in 1967 – would not …

Visual of Another Skeleton Car

Another Skeleton Car

This one is kinda sporty! Again created by Jitish Kallat – this emerging indian artist must have a whole skeleton-automotive-industry in place by now? Related: Aquasaurus , …

Visual of Marching Back to the Tribe

Marching Back to the Tribe

Hurray, the Next Nature tribe is growing! Today, we’ve welcomed our 2,000th friend on Facebook . And what better way is there to honour this person with a celebrational parade …

Visual of Blinky – Does what we want it to do

Blinky – Does what we want it to do

In the short movie Blinky, on a boy and his robot, director Ruari Robinson reflects on our daily dealings with technology and its risks. Alex is a child growing up in a family …

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 Slurpee Machines Add a New Flavor: Mashed Potato

Slurpee Machines Add a New Flavor: Mashed Potato

Convenience store chain 7/11 is serving up the latest in a line of futuristic near-foods: Instant mashed potatoes from a Slurpee-style spigot. The machine dispenses a stream of …

Visual of Using Nanoscale Wood Pulp to Replace Metal and Plastics

Using Nanoscale Wood Pulp to Replace Metal and Plastics

Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) sounds almost too good to be true. The same microscopic particles that help trees to stand up straight are also lightweight, non-toxic, stronger …

Visual of A Touchable, Moss-Covered Keyboard

A Touchable, Moss-Covered Keyboard

Designer Robbie Tilton's keyboard replaces the impersonal metal of a keyboard with lush imitation moss and wooden keys. Though it's a good example of fake nature , Tilton's …

Visual of App Brings Big Data to Birdwatching

App Brings Big Data to Birdwatching

The eBird app is bringing big data to bird spotting.

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 Moments in Meat History Part II- The Last Mammoths

Moments in Meat History Part II- The Last Mammoths

The Mammoth was the last of the giant land mammals of the Pleistocene era.

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"News Machine" Illustrates the Effects of Media Distortion

The  News Machine  is a contraption that explains the news distortion that happens when a message is broadcast through different media. The starting point is a tweet sent from a …

Visual of Painting with Toxic Runoff

Painting with Toxic Runoff

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

Visual of The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

An astounding tangle of multi-colored water flowing throughout 18 arteries represents what happens every day in the pulsating heart of Tokyo. This is how Takatsugu Kuriyama , from …

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

Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

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

Visual of All Humans Piled Together Are So Tiny

All Humans Piled Together Are So Tiny

All humans on Earth put together are not enough to fill the Grand Canyon. We are so small yet so present.

Visual of Turning Objects into Musical Instruments

Turning Objects into Musical Instruments

Mogees: the device that can turn everyday objects into unique and unusual musical instruments.

Visual of A Modest Future for Humanity

A Modest Future for Humanity

Three minutes in the mind of Juan Enriquez, director of Synthetic Genomics.

Visual of Car Paleontology

Car Paleontology

Cars - autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future.

Visual of Welcome to the Hearth of the Sun

Welcome to the Hearth of the Sun

Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), puts visitors in the hearth of the sun.

Visual of NNN Is Hiring: Managing Director

NNN Is Hiring: Managing Director

NNN is looking for a Managing Director to join our office in Amsterdam.

Visual of Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

Untouched Nature? Not in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was already transformed over two thousand years ago by people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Walker Inspector

HUBOT: Meet the Walker Inspector

While many people consider a rollator as a sign of decay, you as a rollator inspector are just part of the headway! The walker inspector measures air quality, particulate matter …

Visual of Welcome to the Novacene

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 Blind woman sees with new implant and plays video game sent straight to her brain

Blind woman sees with new implant and plays video game sent straight to her brain

It’s been over a decade since artificial retinas first began helping the blind see. But for many people, whose blindness originates beyond the retina, the technology falls short. …

Visual of Mojo Visions augmented reality contact lenses kick off a race to AR on your eye

Mojo Visions augmented reality contact lenses kick off a race to AR on your eye

The digital world has been creeping closer to your face. Was a time when a laptop was about as personal as you got with a computer. Then came smartphones, and a few years later, …

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 …

Visual of Post History

Post History

Jos de Mul (Erasmus University Rotterdam), published in Next Nature Paperback, 2005 For someone whose main instrument is a computer, the world becomes a gigantic database. We see …

Visual of Topic Flowers

Topic Flowers

An online application that generates artificial flowers from text . Type in any sentence you like and it is being transformed to a fake flower. via information aestethics

Visual of Fake for Real: The Photoshop Reporters

Fake for Real: The Photoshop Reporters

When the former football star and actor OJ Simpson was arrested for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, both Newsweek and Time Magazine used the police mug shot on their …

Visual of Surplus - Terrorized into Being Consumers

Surplus - Terrorized into Being Consumers

For those who find it to difficult to read John Zerzan , there is still a Youtube version. Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers is a Swedish documentary film on consumerism …

Visual of To boldly Google...

To boldly Google...

...where no one has googled before! Of course this would be possible one day: browsing the universe from your desktop. Google did it again and unlocks space, the final frontier …

Visual of Back to Nature?

Back to Nature?

Now this is how you do it. First you take the meat of a hundred animals; chickens (19%), turkeys (17%). Secondly, you blend them in a large tank with water, mais, wheat, oil, fat, …

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 Laptop Pillow

Laptop Pillow

With who or what do we have contact the most in our daily life routines? Our family, our bed pillow, doorknobs maybe? The answer is probably: Display. And now there is even a …

Visual of Running on non-newtonian fluid

Running on non-newtonian fluid

These dudes from the Spanish TV show El-Hormiguero mixed cornstarch and water made on a concrete mixer truck, effectively creating a pool of non-newtonian fluid – which is almost …

Visual of How To Grow Your Own Sneaker

How To Grow Your Own Sneaker

Raymond Ong creates uniquely customized fish leather by transferring the DNA of existing animal patterns on the skin of stingray fishes. This leather is then used to produce highly personalized sneakers.

Visual of Google's Shoes Talk to Runners

Google's Shoes Talk to Runners

Need a personal trainer? Google's new sneakers fulfill the role of a human coach.

Visual of Hate Babies? Why Not Give Birth to an Endangered Species?

Hate Babies? Why Not Give Birth to an Endangered Species?

Solving the world's population crisis by replacing human infants with aquatic creatures.

Visual of How to Grow a Beer Bottle

How to Grow a Beer Bottle

A so-called "natural" beer is marketed by portraying an utterly technological process.

Visual of Making Fake Eggs to Beat the Real Thing

Making Fake Eggs to Beat the Real Thing

Tech experts are betting that they can make vegetarian eggs that outperform the real thing.

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part VIII- Fast Food

Moments in Meat History Part VIII- Fast Food

The very first restaurant to typify the modern fast food genre was White Castle, who opened their first location in 1916 in Witchita, USA. Ironically, at the time fast food was …

Visual of Nanosponges

Nanosponges "Soak Up" Toxins and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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

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 Top 100 Economies: 37 are Corporations

Top 100 Economies: 37 are Corporations

37 of the world’s 100 largest economies are corporations.

Visual of Analogue vs Digital: Information Storage

Analogue vs Digital: Information Storage

In search for information people once used to go to libraries.

Visual of What Is Next Nature? #6

What Is Next Nature? #6

Flying thousands of miles to see untouched nature.

Visual of ECO Coin Makes Top 30 in ASN Bank World Prize

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.

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Blind Traffic Regulator

HUBOT: Meet the Blind Traffic Regulator

A visual impairment does not have to be confining and futile when it comes to traffic control. As a blind traffic regulator, you wear a haptic suit that translates the traffic …

Visual of How to grow an Orangina bottle.

How to grow an Orangina bottle.

Consider an Orangina bottle: shaped like an orange it is designed to look like one. But it does so in a very primitive way. Imagine the product is the packaging. Wouldn't it be …

Visual of Where Ships go to Die

Where Ships go to Die

Brendan Corr's created a photo essay of the Bangladesh beach/port Chittagong where half of the world's supertankers are disassembled. The reported facts: over 200,000 Bangladeshis …

Visual of Fake for Real: Cartoon Rats

Fake for Real: Cartoon Rats

In 2000 on a Japanese auction site , 20 real live Pokemon Pikachus were offered for 925 million dollars. Roughly translated: We capture each one after your order, so we guarantee …

Visual of Searching for something to drink

Searching for something to drink

Copy and paste the successful and your shop will survive. That's what these Indian entrepreneurs must have figured in the city of Mumbai. Peculiar detail: a trademark on that …

Visual of Next Nature Newsletter

Next Nature Newsletter

Now is a good moment to join the low-volume Next Nature email newsletter featuring the most peculiar of our recent explorations as well as announcements of Next Nature related …

Visual of Teddy's Atonomy

Teddy's Atonomy

Wool sculptor Stephanie Metz researched the meaning of 'cute' through the morphology of some Teddy bear species. Related posts: PacMan's Scull | Animatus

Visual of Learning to Build Superman's House

Learning to Build Superman's House

Superman already knew it: Steered growth is the future of architecture. The lower picture was taken at the Industrias Peñoles nano-chrystal architecture lab in Chihuahuan, Mexico …

Visual of Toy Emissions

Toy Emissions

You know the HeHe collective from their laser projection on a power plant emission cloud . But did you know these folks have a real emission clouds fetish going on? In this …

Visual of Electric Topiary

Electric Topiary

Has this tree gone Pac-Man on the power lines? In truth, the slice through the side of the tree is the work of 'utility pruning.' Topiary was once determined on entirely aesthetic …

Visual of Entoforms

Entoforms

Artist Dolf Veenvliet ( Macouno ) is creating future fossil trilobites that have yet to exist. Using generative computer models, his Entoforms are not the result of millions of …

Visual of New steps to meld mind and machine

New steps to meld mind and machine

Until now we've seen the types of brain-computer interface where the human has to put on some sort of bulky hat full of wires to control a machine. It won't be like that for long: …

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A New "High Line" Leads to Rotterdam

The High Line , the amazing recycling project that converted a former NYC railroad to high-rise park, has inspired the reincarnation of similar disused urban spaces across the …

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"Smart Highways" to Power Streetlights and Electric Cars

Roads are a ubiquitous, even defining aspect of our urban and suburban spaces. In the United States alone, parking lots and roads cover 16,000 square kilometers. So why must roads …

Visual of Electric Skin Could Allow Robots to Feel

Electric Skin Could Allow Robots to Feel

A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin that’s as sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs.

Visual of How Social Media Has Changed Our Response to Disaster

How Social Media Has Changed Our Response to Disaster

From the earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Sandy to the Boston Marathon bombings, Facebook, Twitter and other social media were used to spread information and help citizens and …

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part IX - In-Vitro Meat

Moments in Meat History Part IX - In-Vitro Meat

In 1995, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of in-vitro techniques for commercial meat production, paving the way for lab-grown meat products to make their way to the market.

Visual of Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Moving From Password to Biometric Data

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

Visual of The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

The Anatomy of Mickey Mouse

Finally a full anatomical model of the renowned comic figure.

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 Analogue vs Digital: Add to Shopping Cart

Analogue vs Digital: Add to Shopping Cart

We don’t have to leave our homes to do groceries, buy new clothes, furniture, or anything. We can buy everything online!

Visual of Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality.

Visual of Digital Lemons to Make Virtual Lemonade

Digital Lemons to Make Virtual Lemonade

When life gives you digital lemons, make a virtual lemonade!

Visual of HUBOT: Meet the Farm Director

HUBOT: Meet the Farm Director

Games are often played to escape a boring daily reality, but they can also teach us to take control over the land as farmers do. As a farm director you work in a gamified …

Visual of From Silver Screen to Computer Screen

From Silver Screen to Computer Screen

Fans of The Sims video game spent the Oscar Sunday evening making virtual copies of the red carpet fashions worn by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, contender Keira Knightley and …

Visual of How To Grow A Chair: An Interview with Richard Reames

How To Grow A Chair: An Interview with Richard Reames

Using ancient grafting techniques and a few basic tools, Richard Reames shapes living trees into furniture and sculpture near his home in Oregon for clients worldwide. He is the …

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, …

Visual of How to print an Organ?

How to print an Organ?

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

Visual of Worm-storm weather report

Worm-storm weather report

A short video showing a live o utbreak of malware named Small.DAM. Are we looking at the weather report of the future here?

Visual of Asus introduces scented laptops

Asus introduces scented laptops

Integrating nature in our technology. There are four different laptops: Floral Blossom (pink), which has a tropical, flowery scent; Musky Black (black), which incorporates a waft …

Visual of Elephant sends sms messages to rangers

Elephant sends sms messages to rangers

In the Kenyan wildlife conservancy Ol Pejeta elephants are tagged with a GPS-triggered text messaging device. Before the elephants start raiding the nearby villagers' harvest they …

Visual of Photoshop for real

Photoshop for real

Student work from Central Saint Martins in London. All the credit goes to Henry Hadlow and Ed Cornish. Via

Visual of The anatomy of fun

The anatomy of fun

This guy put his work as an x-ray technician and his gaming hobby together and put his (old) gaming devices under the scanner. I was surprised how some of them actually look like …

Visual of Turning Brain Waves into Tweets

Turning Brain Waves into Tweets

Are you using Twitter and looking for faster ways to update your followers with your utterly mundane status on what you are thinking? Adam Wilson from the University of Wisconsin …

Visual of Next Nature Movie Top 10

Next Nature Movie Top 10

1. Quest for Fire / La Guerre du Feu (1981) 2. Being There (1979) 3. Koyaansiqatsi (1983) 4. Blade Runner (1984) 5. American Beauty (1999) 6. The Matrix (1999) 7. Grizzly Man …

Visual of Is that a hamster in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Is that a hamster in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Mobile phones may be the most affective technology we own but researchers at the Design Research Lab in Berlin have taken this notion to its most outlandish limit. Their cellular …

Visual of Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

Hendrik-Jan Grievink - From Blog to Book

At the next nature powershow designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink explained how over 1600 blog post on nextnature.net were re-designed & re-edited into a must-read coffee table book.

Visual of Inside the Fastfood

Inside the Fastfood "Photokitchen"

Why does your food look different in advertising than it does in the store? A Canadian McDonald's marketing manager tries to answer this common question with a behind-the-scenes …

Visual of Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Feeling grumpy and hungry? Unfortunately, the University of Tokyo's Happiness Counter refrigerator won't open up until you give it a big smile. The concept is based on the fact …

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 …

Visual of Moments in Meat History Part III- Preservation

Moments in Meat History Part III- Preservation

The oldest evidence of cold food storage dates back to 1700 BCE.

Visual of The Virtual Makes an Entrance into Reality

The Virtual Makes an Entrance into Reality

Draw to unlock, a virtual experience seeping into physical world.

Visual of Binary Code Able to Act Like DNA

Binary Code Able to Act Like DNA

There is a similarity between strings of binary and strands of organic DNA: they both carry actionable information encoded into reconfigurable symbols. Using nature’s biodiversity …

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Need to Unplug? There is an App for that

At times it seems we serve our technology as much as it serves us. The OFFTIME App wants to save us from our own devices.