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Plastic Planet

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

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

The Plastic Problem #1: Biobased and Biodegradable Plastic

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

Visual of Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

Next Generation: Towards the Plastic Human with Max Ahluwalia

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

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

The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

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

Visual of Getting Wasted on Plastics

Getting Wasted on Plastics

A new community currency that rewards recyclers with local discounts and deals.

Visual of Plastic Birds

Plastic Birds

Bird spotting is not a typical activity for us next nature explorers, yet occasionally we bump into some birds worth mentioning (remember the amazing copy-paste bird , rubber duck …

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 Marine Plastic Creatures

Marine Plastic Creatures

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

Visual of Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

Reducing Plastic Bags by 80%

The EU Commission will hopefully reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags within 5 years by 80%.

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 Plastic-Eating Worm Can Help Ease Pollution

Plastic-Eating Worm Can Help Ease Pollution

A recently discovered plastic eating worm could be used to safely digest our massive plastic waste.

Visual of France Says Adieu to Plastic Tableware

France Says Adieu to Plastic Tableware

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

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Welcome to the Age of Plastic

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

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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 Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

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

Visual of Plastivore – A Bird that Feeds on Plastic

Plastivore – A Bird that Feeds on Plastic

The speculative 'Plastivore' bird thrives on a diet of fungi and plastics.

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

Edible packaging: Seaweed could replace plastic in disposable packaging

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

Visual of Plastic-Eating Bacteria Are Coming

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Are Coming

The bacteria that degrades and assimilates plastic.

Visual of A Village Made of Plastic

A Village Made of Plastic

A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

Visual of Plastic Soup

Plastic Soup

Recipes from a post-fish world? Our peculiar image of the week was created by Nathalie Faber & Matthijs Immink.

Visual of The Danger of a Plastic Sea

The Danger of a Plastic Sea

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

Visual of In the Future, We Will Mine for Plastic

In the Future, We Will Mine for Plastic

Peak oil, the point when petroleum extraction is at its maximum, may have already occurred sometime  in the last few years . Not only affecting whether we drive a Humvee or not, …

Visual of Precious Plastic One Year After

Precious Plastic One Year After

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

Visual of Plastic makes the world go round

Plastic makes the world go round

Cockroaches will inherit the world after humans are gone? Maybe not. Seeing plastic as the new moss, or algae, photographer Jeanny Kaethoven makes this beautiful pictures of …

Visual of Glowing Planet T-Shirt

Glowing Planet T-Shirt

Featuring different cities at night, the Next Nature Glowing Planet T-shirt highlights the enchanting beauty of our glimmering world.

Visual of Want Plastic with Your Salt?

Want Plastic with Your Salt?

A recent study examining the purity of 17 commercial sea salt brands from eight different countries found microplastics in all 17 samples.

Visual of Plastic Junk Helps Ocean Animals (Sometimes)

Plastic Junk Helps Ocean Animals (Sometimes)

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

Visual of Building a Boat with Marine Plastic Trash

Building a Boat with Marine Plastic Trash

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

Visual of The Soul is a Plastic Bag

The Soul is a Plastic Bag

In the film Plastic Bag , the title character spends a lifetime (or more) on a quest for a creator not even aware of his existence.  A stunning short by Ramin Bahrani, director of …

Visual of Free Range Robot Filters Out the Ocean's Plastic

Free Range Robot Filters Out the Ocean's Plastic

Whale sharks are great at filtering; plastic needs to be filtered. For now, however, whale sharks only have an appetite for plankton. Industrial designer Elie Ahovi has jumped …

Visual of Plastic Pollution Solution

Plastic Pollution Solution

Is there a possibility to clean up the oceans from plastic pollution?

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 Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Tons of living animals have floated from Japan to the United States traveling across the ocean on plastic junk and debris.

Visual of Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

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

Visual of Lowtech Plastic Surgery

Lowtech Plastic Surgery

So this is what you get when artists Lucyandbart practice their low-tech plastic surgery techniques on visitors of the MU gallery in Eindhoven. We are clueless on whether it was …

Visual of Mushrooms: The New Solution for our Plastic Problem?

Mushrooms: The New Solution for our Plastic Problem?

You cannot look around your local environment without seeing something made out of plastic. Almost all the stuff we buy is packaged in plastic. Since recycling packaging materials …

Visual of Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

Bioplastic Made of Pressed Insect Shells

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

Visual of Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation’s prototype floating barrier wants to clean the oceans water.

Visual of Breaking Down Plastics with Bacteria

Breaking Down Plastics with Bacteria

Two students found a way to break down plastics using soil bacteria.

Visual of Architect Aims to Build House From Plastic Waste

Architect Aims to Build House From Plastic Waste

Interpreting the plastics in the Earths ecosystem as building material rather than as waste.

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.

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

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

Visual of The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

The Forgotten Plan to Coat Utah's Delicate Arch with Plastic

Arches National Park, located in Utah, is home to some of America's most beautiful rock formations. The most famous of them, Delicate Arch, has always been, well, pretty delicate. So much so that back in the 1940s, park rangers hatched a plan to preserve the natural monument - by coating it in plastic.

Visual of Bioplastic

Bioplastic

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

Visual of Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Did you know there are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones? Plastic flamingos are widely considered to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch – the American's …

Visual of A Second Life for Rescued Plastic Pens

A Second Life for Rescued Plastic Pens

Artist Willis Elkins "rescues" plastic detritus from the sea. His most recent venture, the Jamaica Bay Pen Project , retrieves sun-baked, useless pens from the shores of New …

Visual of Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

To attract a female, male bower birds build structures and adorn these with colorful plastic decoration.

Visual of Fake Plastic Bags – Made From Real Leather

Fake Plastic Bags – Made From Real Leather

Fakeness is traditionally associated with inferiority; cheap Rolexes that break in two weeks, plastic Christmas trees, leaking silicone breasts, imitation caviar... However, in a …

Visual of Plastic Pod Beetles

Plastic Pod Beetles

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

Visual of 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 Shapeshifting memory plastic

Shapeshifting memory plastic

Scientists have invented a plastic memory material that can change into three different shapes based on heat. Researchers demonstrated a plastic tube with three "programmed" …

Visual of Pimp My Planet

Pimp My Planet

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

Visual of Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Exploring the Oceans of Plastic

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing …

Visual of Woodplastics

Woodplastics

Looking for a new kitchen counter-top, but can't decide between a  natural or an artificial material? Soon you might be getting both . Designer Hironori Yoshida is pioneering …

Visual of Plastic is a new material in the Earths ecosystem

Plastic is a new material in the Earths ecosystem

I gathered this hand full of tiny pieces of plastic on less than one square meter of beach in Greece (map) . Spotted with the Next Nature Spotter iPhone app .

Visual of Credit to Plastic

Credit to Plastic

Gold credit card? In the end it’s all plastic!

Visual of The Majestic Plastic Bag

The Majestic Plastic Bag

Behold the heroic journey of one of the most illustrious creatures on our planet. Created by the good people of Healthebay.org .

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 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 Lego Minifigs Will Take Over The Planet By 2019

Lego Minifigs Will Take Over The Planet By 2019

Imagine the devastation when there are more Lego minifigs on Earth than humans...

Visual of Plastic Cup Fields Are Not Forever

Plastic Cup Fields Are Not Forever

Exploring ECO coin opportunities at Lowlands Festival. One coin for every plastic cup! A perfect local community to prototype the concept.

Visual of Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

Fight climate change: Hack the Planet

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

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

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

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

Visual of The Complex Networks of Our Planet

The Complex Networks of Our Planet

This video by Nature explains the complexity of networks on our planet.

Visual of Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

Living on Water for a Sustainable Planet

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

Visual of Razorius Gilletus Gold Plastic

Razorius Gilletus Gold Plastic

Like the exorbitant feathers of the peacock, which only function is to aesthetically stand out amid its competitors, this new species of Razorius Gilletus only differs from its predecessor aesthetically.

Visual of Planet Earth - Inversed

Planet Earth - Inversed

Peculiar image of the week. By Vladstudio

Visual of Pre-Peeled and Plastic-Wrapped Bananas

Pre-Peeled and Plastic-Wrapped Bananas

For when nature's perfect packaging is just too darn hard to get off: Pre-peeled bananas in styrofoam and cling-wrap, from the kings of convenience at Austrian supermarket Billa. …

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

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

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

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 Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

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

Visual of Plastic Beach

Plastic Beach

While this image seems like another polluted beach after spring break, it was taken on a remote uninhabited world heritage site in the Polynesia.

Visual of The Great Pacific garbage

The Great Pacific garbage "patch" is now three times the size of France

Mon dieu! The swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an exponential rate. A recent study has estimated that the mass of the garbage island is four to sixteen …

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

The Biggest Impact on the Planet Comes from Household Consumption

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

Visual of Space Television Network

Space Television Network

Sen is a space television network that provides visuals from other planets in order to prepare us for our multi-planetary life.

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

This expo confronts a planet in a state of emergency

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

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

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

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

Visual of 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.

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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 Favorite explorations of 2009

Favorite explorations of 2009

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

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

This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

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

Visual of The Ocean Cleanup heads for the Pacific

The Ocean Cleanup heads for the Pacific

The Ocean Cleanup claims its device could cut the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in half in five years.

Visual of Jewels from the Ocean

Jewels from the Ocean

Designer and former fashion model Barbara de Vries was cleaning plastic litter off her favorite beach in the Bahamas, when she noticed the plastic fragments were all uniquely …

Visual of Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

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

Visual of Notes on the plastisphere

Notes on the plastisphere

Every piece of plastic that’s ever made, still exists. It results in a floating garbage dump in the ocean, full of life. While this (geo)design was never intentional, humans …

Visual of Why you should attend ADE Green

Why you should attend ADE Green

ADE Green returns for the seventh consecutive year to the DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam. Once more, Amsterdam Dance Event organizes this leading event to ignite sustainable action, …

Visual of Recycled Island

Recycled Island

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

Visual of Shahar Livne wins ECO Coin Award 2020

Shahar Livne wins ECO Coin Award 2020

Each year we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to make this planet a more sustainable place and honour them with our ECO Coin Award . We …

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Next Nature Introduction

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

Visual of Letter to Humanity

Letter to Humanity

NNN director Koert van Mensvoort writes a letter to humanity.

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

The social animals that are inspiring new behaviors for robot swarms

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

Visual of The 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 Dirty Ocean

Dirty Ocean

Apparently, most action pictures of surfers have the waste photo-shopped out?

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 Agriculture Isn’t as Green as You Think

Agriculture Isn’t as Green as You Think

Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow

Visual of 'Fiji Water' Is Purer than Tap Water, No?

'Fiji Water' Is Purer than Tap Water, No?

Researchers tested 'Fiji Water' against ordinary tap water. What they found is kind of shocking.

Visual of Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

Counteracting Climate Change with Geoengineering

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

Visual of Fake for Real: Man in the Mirror

Fake for Real: Man in the Mirror

Some days when we look in the mirror we like what we see, some days less so. Would it not be great to be able to tweak the image a bit? After all, it is our main manifestation to …

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 Ice Cream Cones Made from Ice Cream, and Other Wikicells

Ice Cream Cones Made from Ice Cream, and Other Wikicells

Plastic is a part of the earth's ecosystem , but it's a part that no one wants. At Harvard, scientists are looking to replace single-use plastic bottles, plates, and cups with …

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 Urban Dolls

Urban Dolls

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

Visual of Next Nature Services

Next Nature Services

Intentionality separates culture from nature. A dog is intentional, a fox is not; a park is intentional, a forest is not. Since trash, ruined buildings, and automated computer …

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: 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 Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

Designer Creates Water Bottles from Algae

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

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

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

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

Visual of 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 Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

Colonizing Mars: Not with humans, but plants

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

Visual of 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 …

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Anthropomorphobia

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

Visual of Protei, the Sail Bot that Cleans Up Oil

Protei, the Sail Bot that Cleans Up Oil

Protei is a sailing robot that's designed to clean up oil spills without human assistance. After sailing upwind, the bot drifts downwind, zigg-zagging across the surface to absorb …

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 Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

The Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

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

Visual of Marketing the Oceans

Marketing the Oceans

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

Visual of A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

A.I. Can Guess Exact Locations of Images

Google's PlaNet will be soon able to tell you where a photograph was taken by simply looking at its contents.

Visual of Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

Tangible Money in Digital Currency Era

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

Visual of Solar Powered Electric Cars

Solar Powered Electric Cars

The sun sustains our planetary system. Its energy fuels life. And in the future, the sun will also fuel our cars. That’s the premise of Dutch startup Lightyear, a startup specialized in solar powered electric cars.

Visual of Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

Curator Gène Bertrand on design for human needs

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

Visual of How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

How climate fiction novels allow us to imagine possible futures

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

Visual of Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

Why superhuman technologies will affect us all

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

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Furniture Futures

Wondering how next natural furniture may change your way of life? Will we feed our lamps? Grow chairs? Talk with our tables?

Visual of China controls weather for olympics

China controls weather for olympics

The sun always shines on TV in China. "At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun …

Visual of How will Michael Jackson appear in heaven?

How will Michael Jackson appear in heaven?

Our beloved King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who died tragically at the age of fifty after suffering cardiac arrest, was one of the most widely beloved entertainers and influential …

Visual of Not so Happy Meals

Not so Happy Meals

This week a Brazilian prosecutor asked a judge to nationally ban toys sold with meals in fast-food outlets like McDonald's and Burger King, because it can lead children to develop …

Visual of Rubber Duck XL

Rubber Duck XL

This gigantic rubber duck was created by artist Florentijn Hofman and is currently traveling around the world. Unsure how the over-sized bird is related to our explorations in …

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 …

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Next What?

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

Visual of 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 The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

The Bottle of The Future is an Edible Blob

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

Visual of What if Humans Disappeared?

What if Humans Disappeared?

What could happen if humans would just disappear?

Visual of Shark Drones Clean up the Port of Rotterdam

Shark Drones Clean up the Port of Rotterdam

In the port of Rotterdam you might be able to cross a floating Waste Shark: a robot able to collect up to 500 kilos of trash.

Visual of Rethinking 3D Printing for the Future

Rethinking 3D Printing for the Future

Additivism is a movement that calls for radical rethinking of new technologies, such as 3D printing, the plastification of the world and our human position within it.

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

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

Visual of Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

Turning Glass Bottles into Sand

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

Visual of ReTuna: the Shopping Mall Selling Nothing but Recycled Products

ReTuna: the Shopping Mall Selling Nothing but Recycled Products

A Swedish shopping center is bucking the trend of mindless consumption. At the ReTuna Återbruksgalleria every product is made of recycled materials.

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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 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 …

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Virtual makeup: maybe they're born with it, maybe it’s XR

As our reality exists increasingly within digital realms, our virtual world demands a virtual identity. Our work is hybrid, our social identity is online and our connection is …

Visual of Future Beauty: Hyperbreasts?

Future Beauty: Hyperbreasts?

Let's talk about hyperbreasts. Have you ever wondered why men like women with large breasts? Historically large breasts are presumably sexually attractive for men because they …

Visual of Modernistic Vaginas

Modernistic Vaginas

The influence of modernism and its trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve, and reshape the world, along with its clear universal style of …

Visual of Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

Fake for Real: Natural Breasts?

It is true, they are rare, but they do exist: girls with tiny waists and large breasts. Occasionally, women are simply born like this. The only problem they have - in a world …

Visual of Printing virtuality

Printing virtuality

Phone, internet, television, photography, even books or music: today it is hard for the mind to escape from virtual worlds. A day without communication or interaction could make …

Visual of The objectuals

The objectuals

The Objectuals is a series of work by artist Hyung Koo Lee , it features an interesting mix of visual distortion apparatus for the human body. Lee says that he experienced …

Visual of Blobman

Blobman

This landscape is titled 'I can not help the way I feel' and was created by John Isaacs . The way in which the flesh grows, erupts and engulfs the body can be seen as a metaphor …

Visual of Composting Bottle

Composting Bottle

Don't you just love that vanishing bioplastic bottle! It is our peculiar object of the week.

Visual of High Heels

High Heels

Is this the plastic surgery of the future? Peculiar image by Julie Rrap .

Visual of Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Man Charged for Dumping Silicone Girlfriend

Fifteen policemen rushed to the scene, after a couple reported to have bumped into a "corpse" while out walking their dog in a mountain forest in Izu, central Japan. The officers …

Visual of Aging Barbie

Aging Barbie

You wouldn't give it to her but Barbie is already over 50 years old. The doll made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in  1959 and has been a young girls (and gays) …

Visual of Beauty kit for little girls

Beauty kit for little girls

Plastic fantastic starts at an early age. Created by Pleix . Related: Photoshop Beauties , Software that ranks female beauty , Virtual Miss , Natural Breasts .

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Deliver us from Skeuomorph Prosthetics

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

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Green Vibes

The big lobby to endeavor for a climate neutral lifestyle must have reached its peak. It is common knowledge that recycling electronic and battery operated utensils is better for …

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 Modernistic Meat

Modernistic Meat

This slightly uncanny piece of modernistic meat is actually not made from meat, but from wax, oil, paint polystyrene, stage blood & latex, by artist John Isaacs , who titled …

Visual of The World Without Technology

The World Without Technology

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

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Wooden Bankcard

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

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Becoming female

A shot of a male body after a sex change by dutch artist and photographer Martin C. de Waal . De Waal tries to make people rethink their opinions by pushing the boundaries of …

Visual of Oil Diet: Recipes for Disaster

Oil Diet: Recipes for Disaster

Do you know how much oil you use per day? Neither did director John Webster. In 2005 he decided to make a documentary about oil from his own families perspective. How would it be …

Visual of Birds Change Along with Us

Birds Change Along with Us

A 'treasure in the trees' reveals the exchange of materials between man and animal. This beautiful house finch nest, made of natural resources and manmade garbage, demonstrates …

Visual of Mapping the Utilisphere

Mapping the Utilisphere

Earth has had a geosphere, atmosphere and biosphere for a few billion years. Only within the last several thousand years has earth gained a global noosphere, the intangible …

Visual of Shrink

Shrink

You are what you eat, taken seriously. Shrink is a work by the artist Lawrence Malstaf . Visitors place themselves between two large, transparent plastic sheets. The air gets …

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 Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?

A Dutch artist designs a Utopian eco-socialist online society.

Visual of Electronic Gadget Cemetery in Ghana

Electronic Gadget Cemetery in Ghana

Agbogbloshie is a former wetland that is turned into a slum and now it is full of toxic electronic waste.

Visual of Seowoo and her Pink Things

Seowoo and her Pink Things

Nowadays the average teenager has more personal pink belongings than an emperor one thousand years ago

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

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

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

Visual of A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

A Map of Mars for Regular Humans

If we'll ever get to go to Mars as tourists , we wouldn't get lost. Ordnance Survey , the official British mapping agency, recently released a new detailed map of the Red Planet. …

Visual of Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

Here is a the Next Nature gift Guide 2016.

Visual of Your Next Sneakers Are Made of Algae

Your Next Sneakers Are Made of Algae

An ecofriendly alternative to plastic lies on the surface of waste streams.

Visual of Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

Fake Grass Covered Roofs to Produce Energy

The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is …

Visual of Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

Microbiocene: A microbiological archeology of the future

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

Visual of 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: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

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

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

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Better than the real thing

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

Visual of Evolution

Evolution

From the street to the street. Watch the evolution of beauty here .

Visual of Second life prostitute

Second life prostitute

The world's oldest profession has made quick inroads into virtual life. You can make a quick buck if you're willing to accept in-game money for sexual services -whether that's …

Visual of A hunt for hightech

A hunt for hightech

In "A Hunt for High Tech", Bart Hess seeks to harness both nature and technology and create armoured skin and fur for a new human archetype incorporating animalistic and …

Visual of Bioprinting in Hawai

Bioprinting in Hawai

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

Visual of 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 Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

Dutch Tomatoes: Everlasting

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

Visual of Fake for Real: Actress Plays Virtual Character

Fake for Real: Actress Plays Virtual Character

Tomb Raider, featuring superwoman Lara Croft, was one of the most successful video games of its generation. Although many computer games had previously been created as spin-offs …

Visual of Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Google Video is no longer in operation. Sorry for the inconvenience "It's a high form of masturbation" A RealDoll is a realistic life-size sex doll that cost more than an average …

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 Philips Vibe Emotion Sensor

Philips Vibe Emotion Sensor

The VIBE - emotional sensing necklace combines conductive ink and textile sensors. The necklace can read multiple biometric signals of the wearer and communicates them to other …

Visual of Robots in disguise

Robots in disguise

"Every year, in Germany alone, around 7000 people wait for a new cornea to save their eyesight. But donor corneas are in short supply. In an EU project, researchers have developed …

Visual of Sexy Car - How did that ever happen?

Sexy Car - How did that ever happen?

This peculiar image made me realize: It is in fact totally miraculous that people are capable to perceive machines as 'sexy'. How did that ever happen?

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 Apparently things are improving in Darfur?

Apparently things are improving in Darfur?

Unfortunately this stylish refugee is merely an advertising fata morgana.

Visual of Bionic woman

Bionic woman

More bionic experiments can be found here .

Visual of BlobWall

BlobWall

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

Visual of Boxing the Desert

Boxing the Desert

With his Waterboxx , Pieter Hoff (The Netherlands) won the Bèta Dragons Award 2008. It is an instrument that supports plants and trees in order to survive in difficult …

Visual of Britney

Britney

Nobody in recent history was (and is) made by media like Britney Spears. This one is for you, B. Made by

Visual of Build a better being

Build a better being

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

Visual of Dashboard Tree

Dashboard Tree

What is that growing on my car dashboard? Is that a tree? Indeed, Ford and Honda's next-generation dashboard instrument clusters feature trees (a vine in Ford's case) that grow …

Visual of Design for dummies

Design for dummies

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

Visual of Fake for Real: Fantasy Castle

Fake for Real: Fantasy Castle

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle could be the single best-loved structure in the world. Ever wondered where Walt Disney got his enchanting fairytale aesthetic? The castle, which …

Visual of Fake for Real video

Fake for Real video

Video of the Fake for Real Memory Game , presented by Hendrik-Jan Grievink & Koert van Mensvoort at the Style First exhibition in the museum Mudac , Lausanne, Switzerland. …

Visual of Gameboy Bricks a million years from now

Gameboy Bricks a million years from now

A million years from now that hand would probably look more evolved, but the idea is nice: What if we would mold objects of the now into stone or bricks to preserve them over time …

Visual of Gel Remote

Gel Remote

Human-product relationships increasingly play out in a realm which was previously considered exclusive for human-human and human-animal relationships. Panasonic now redesigned one …

Visual of Get wasted in Second Life

Get wasted in Second Life

Second Hype's fashion industry is large and catty enough to have supermodel divas and social scandals, so it's probably inevitable that these should be available, too: animation …

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 Human Nature as Pathology

Human Nature as Pathology

Modern society seems to have transformed human nature into a pathology. Our emotions are controlled by drugs. We are forced to operate within a narrow bandwith of what are …

Visual of Hyper Fish

Hyper Fish

While swimming in second life, India Leigh came across this cool lion fish. See also: Redefining Nemo , Augmented Fish Reality , Who wants to drive a fish? .

Visual of iDog

iDog

Or you could get an iDog. This electronic animal with musical sensibilities. It sits on your desk and sings along with the music you are playing. Dog haters don't need to worry; …

Visual of Indoor sports: the hyper-hyper-reality

Indoor sports: the hyper-hyper-reality

Always wanted to take that parachute jump from the airplane, but never dared to? Why not try an indoor sky dive? Less interesting view, but more floating time. You can jump in …

Visual of It came out of the Sea

It came out of the Sea

A giant, smiling Lego man has been fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model. "We saw something bobbing …

Visual of Banana Juice Box

Banana Juice Box

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

Visual of Kokon Chair

Kokon Chair

Our peculiar object of the week is the 'Kokon Chair' created by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey , who wrapped existing chairs with tight, elastic synthetic fiber resulting in a highly …

Visual of Million dollar burger

Million dollar burger

PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world's scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially …

Visual of Robotic Red Snapper

Robotic Red Snapper

Just because you're feeling paranoid, doesn't mean the fish aren't actually spying on you. Engineers at the University of Kitakyushu created an underwater survey robot that looks …

Visual of Save The Tumor

Save The Tumor

Chantal Sebire suffers from an extremely rare form of cancer (foto: AFP) Since a few centuries some we tend to consider nature as something to preserve. Hence the international …

Visual of Simulated Diamonds

Simulated Diamonds

That shiny sparkling stone you got from your lover... is that a diamond? Lab manufactured diamonds are  getting exceedingly good . They have the same color, clarity, cut and carat …

Visual of Solar Trees

Solar Trees

Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove ('Captain Organic') placed several glowing Solar Trees in the streets of Vienna (October 2007). These solar powered streetlights could save cities …

Visual of The First Pregnant Man

The First Pregnant Man

At first I thought this first pregnant man was a hoax, but after I saw it on Oprah I realized it must be 'real'. Well, the pregnant man is actually a former woman who had a sex …

Visual of The Love Boat

The Love Boat

This is Petra. In 2006 she fell in love with a peddle boat designed to look like a swan and has never left its side. In winter, when swans should be flying southwards, the peddle …

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 Where shoes come from

Where shoes come from

Made by Studio Smack

Visual of A hermit crab in a glass house

A hermit crab in a glass house

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

Visual of Animatronic window dummy

Animatronic window dummy

What if the mannequins in the shopping windows suddenly started moving? Would you buy more, or would it just trigger your anthropomorphobic responses? Soon we will know. Momo is a …

Visual of Antenna Tree Mast Safari

Antenna Tree Mast Safari

This picture was taken in Zambia by Sarah Los (NL) while on wildlife safari . Every fairly trained "NextNature spotter" should be able to distinguish the cellphone-tree masts from …

Visual of Ceci n'est pas une Roche

Ceci n'est pas une Roche

I went to Disneyland and all I got was this lousy rock... Via ivaniannoli.com | Related: Ceci n'es pas une Montagne | Summit of the Mount Everest On Tour | Treetrunk Trashcan | …

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 Crowdsourced drink

Crowdsourced drink

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

Visual of Energy Saving Chandelier

Energy Saving Chandelier

I deem you have to be over sixty to have an object with so many historical layers of media in your house. Let's analyze. We are looking at a chandelier in which the candle …

Visual of French Hyperbodies

French Hyperbodies

"Paris, printemps 2019: Oh Darling, you look gorgeous." Nowadays we are so used to Hollywood hyperbodies – a simulation of a body that never existed – it is good to see a …

Visual of Fruit4Day

Fruit4Day

Fruit does wonders for your health. No doubt about it. It is recommended to consume two pieces of fruit each day. One.. Sorry, I've lost count? How convenient to have the two …

Visual of I'm loving it

I'm loving it

Sometimes you just need to settle with the surrogate. Peculiar image of the week. See also (in the baby series): Infant pillow , We are all born in a world . Thanks Hendrik-Jan .

Visual of Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

Created by  Alex Sandwell Kliszynsk . Via Posthuman blues .

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 Popolate

Popolate

Peculiar image of the week. Created by Janis Pönisch and Anne de Vries .

Visual of Real Baby Dolls

Real Baby Dolls

We already know that guys love dolls ... Now learn why some mothers can never stop playing with dolls and that cuteness is defined in the mind's eye. Image credit: Kentish Babies …

Visual of Suffering from Anthropomorphobia?

Suffering from Anthropomorphobia?

Anthropomorphobia is the fear of acknowledging qualities we wish to consider only human in non-human things. Sufferers from the condition used to have trouble mostly at fairs or …

Visual of The Uncanny Valley of the Pussycat Dolls

The Uncanny Valley of the Pussycat Dolls

Make no mistake, you're not looking at the latest Barbie line: These are the The Pussycat Dolls. Formerly an LA stripper show burlesque show, now upgraded to be pop music …

Visual of The World's first Refrigerated Beach

The World's first Refrigerated Beach

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

Visual of Wrapping Greenland

Wrapping Greenland

The Discovery series 'Ways to save the planet' the episode 'Wrapping Greenland ' shows how Dr. Jason Box uses reflective blankets to cover glaciers in Greenland. Due to global …

Visual of Artificial Shrub Observatories

Artificial Shrub Observatories

Justin Shull investigates the born and the made by mixing them up in mobile installations like the "Terrestrial Shrub Rover" and the "Porta Hedge" . His designs consist of several …

Visual of Clothes from a Can

Clothes from a Can

Frequent readers of this website might be familiar with our claim that Next Nature emerges from a fusion between the Born and the Made. But now we can add another: the fusion of …

Visual of Cuddly Scooters

Cuddly Scooters

Why do we grow attached to things? Patricia Piccinini captured it well in this peculiar work: The Stags - 2008 (Culture becomes nature) The Nest - 2006 Thicker than Water - 2007 …

Visual of Doll Box Coffins

Doll Box Coffins

This interactive piece called Boys & Girls was made by artist Job Koelewijn , who invites people to take place in the life size coffin–style Barbie & Ken packages, where …

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 Geminoid Female

Geminoid Female

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro ( Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaska University) has done it again! This time in coöperation with robot-maker Kokoro Co. Ltd . Objective: to …

Visual of Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

Grapple – a Grape flavored Apple

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but now we wonder what this keeps away, the Grapple , a hyperfruit that "Grunches like an Apple. Tastes like a Grape." The …

Visual of Hydrogel Heals Injured Brain & Bone-Tissue

Hydrogel Heals Injured Brain & Bone-Tissue

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

Visual of LED Religion

LED Religion

  The Catholic Church is not exactly renowned for its progressive attitude towards technological progress. Just think of the belligerent attitude the Church still has towards …

Visual of Squirming ‘umbilical’ phone cable

Squirming ‘umbilical’ phone cable

This umbilical cord-inspired charger cable by interactive media artist Mio I-zawa comes to life when connected to an iPhone. Don't watch the video if you are anthropomorphobic . …

Visual of Stereotype Packaging

Stereotype Packaging

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unhealthy diet is amongst one of the leading causes of the major non-communicable diseases. Can design encourage people to …

Visual of Unlimited Urban Woods

Unlimited Urban Woods

What to do when you have a small city with limited space, and you rather turn available space into parking lots instead of parks? You turn to DUS Architects for an unlimited …

Visual of Microbic Landscapes

Microbic Landscapes

Beautiful Google Maps shots of housing projects in southwest Florida. Probably designed to look and feel more natural than your average straight street neighborhood, they remind …

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 The Nauga's Hyde

The Nauga's Hyde

Sometimes new technology has to bio-mimic old nature to be accepted. In the late 1960s and early 70s, Uniroyal Engineered Products invented the 'nauga' a beast that gives its name …

Visual of Who Needs Real Humans? Not H&M

Who Needs Real Humans? Not H&M

Clothing giant H&M no longer uses real humans in its online catalog. The company has admitted that it pastes real models' heads on computer-generated bodies. At least there's …

Visual of Bacteria

Bacteria "R" Us

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

Visual of Human Barbie

Human Barbie

Just when you thought the  Second Life  hype was long gone, meet Ukrainian body artist Valerie Lukyanova who aims to turn Second Life into First Life. They call her the Human …

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 Crystalline Cityscapes for Homeless Hermit Crabs

Crystalline Cityscapes for Homeless Hermit Crabs

Globe-hopping hermit crab housing.

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 Rubber Duck XL: the Bath is Over

Rubber Duck XL: the Bath is Over

The  gigantic rubber duck  created by Dutch artist  Florentijn Hofman  floated on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, with the island skyline in the background. The XL duck showed up in …

Visual of Wipe with the World's First Transparent Toilet Paper

Wipe with the World's First Transparent Toilet Paper

New technology can make completely transparent paper.

Visual of Yes, Naturally

Yes, Naturally

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

Visual of Anthropo-scene #9: Sense, Sensors, Sensitivity

Anthropo-scene #9: Sense, Sensors, Sensitivity

Technology helps us understand the unfolding of the Anthropocene.

Visual of In This Church We Only Take Credit Cards

In This Church We Only Take Credit Cards

In the Sanctuary of Caravaggio, Italy, devotees can make offerings just by credit cards.

Visual of Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

Solar Tree That Provides Electricity

A tree, made with 3D printed leaves that contain solar cells.

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 The Candle of the Future

The Candle of the Future

My New Flame uses LED technology to faithfully recreate the experience of light from the ancient past

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 Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

Setting Aside Half the Earth for Nature

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

Visual of Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

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

Visual of Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

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

Visual of 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 The Economy of Ecology

The Economy of Ecology

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

Visual of Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

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

Visual of A happy birth day to Louise Brown

A happy birth day to Louise Brown

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

Visual of Teens are seeking cosmetic surgery to look like your favorite Snapchat filter

Teens are seeking cosmetic surgery to look like your favorite Snapchat filter

Cosmetic surgeons have always fielded seemingly odd requests to recreate body parts from celebrities: Angelina Jolie’s lips, David Beckham’s calve, or perhaps Salma …

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 …

Visual of In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

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

Visual of How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

How biotechnology could shape the future of product design

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

Visual of The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

The Coming World: Ecology as the new politics

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

Visual of 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 What will the virus teach us about life?

What will the virus teach us about life?

We live in turbulent times. Thanks to science and technology, we are able to perceive our environment down to the atomic level. We can read DNA, manipulate cells, cut and paste …

Visual of They are made out of meat

They are made out of meat

A short story by Terry Bisson. For those who prefer video to literature, there's also this seven-minute film adaptation . "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made …

Visual of Breaking Point?

Breaking Point?

John Zerzan, published in Green Anarchy issue #24 - Spring/Summer 2007 The rapidly mounting toll of modern life is worse than we could have imagined. A metamorphosis rushes …

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 The 21th Century Paradigm

The 21th Century Paradigm

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

Visual of The Biodegradable Credit Card

The Biodegradable Credit Card

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

Visual of 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 FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

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

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Join the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award

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

Visual of Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

Join the Synthetic Aesthetics project

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

Visual of Next Nature Movie #5: American Beauty

Next Nature Movie #5: American Beauty

During the selection of the top ten of next nature movies we’ve doubted quite a bit between the Truman Show (1998) and American Beauty (1999). The Truman Show tells the story of a …

Visual of The Banana Gets a Second Skin

The Banana Gets a Second Skin

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

Visual of Little Green Cows

Little Green Cows

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

Visual of Is Life on Earth Suicidal?

Is Life on Earth Suicidal?

At Next Nature, we often argue that "our image of nature as static, balanced and harmonious  is naive and up for reconsideration ." Paleontologist Peter J. Ward happens to agree. …

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 The Fence

The Fence

A satirical yet bona fide view on our changing relation with nature.

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 Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

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

Visual of Pixel Space

Pixel Space

If the moon were only one pixel: a scale model of the solar system that shows how big our milky way actually is.

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

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

Visual of Bio-Printer Creates Living Body Parts

Bio-Printer Creates Living Body Parts

Bioprinter creates bespoke lab-grown body parts for transplant.

Visual of Explore Mars with NASA's VR Experience

Explore Mars with NASA's VR Experience

Exploring the surface of Mars at least 15 years before a human being in flesh and blood will be able to, this is the new ambitious idea of the people at NASA.

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 Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

A study revealed that the sound of motorboat engines disturbs coral reef fish so acutely it changes their behavior, making them bad parents.

Visual of ECO Coin Award 2017 Nominations Open

ECO Coin Award 2017 Nominations Open

The nominations for the ECO coin Award 2017 are now officially open. Let us know who you think deserves to earn the award.

Visual of Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

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

Visual of Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate Earth day, here is why.

Visual of A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

A Truly Exotic Fruit: the Space Mango

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

Visual of 10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

10 Next Nature dinner table conversation starters

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

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

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

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

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

Next Generation: Louise Silfversparre illustrates the remains of the Anthropocene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual of Technosphere outweighs the biosphere

Technosphere outweighs the biosphere

Our deficiencies have always driven us, even among our distant ancestors, back in the last Ice Age. Having neither the speed and strength to hunt large prey, nor sharp teeth and …

Visual of A message from volcanic rocks

A message from volcanic rocks

Although it’s seductive to think of human beings as the dominant species on earth, many others play important roles too. Bacteria, insects, algae colonies, rocks and the …

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

Next Generation: Exploring cybernetic ecologies with Marie Walker-Smith

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

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 Intelligent Documentary Making

Intelligent Documentary Making

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

Visual of Manufactured landscapes

Manufactured landscapes

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

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 Walking Energy Cells

Walking Energy Cells

Remember this one? Body heat is used to power machines in The Matrix . Nine years after the first of the trilogy came to screen, a company comes up with a body-powered-battery. In …

Visual of Fake for Real

Fake for Real

Fakeness has long been associated with inferiority. Fake Rolexes that break in two weeks, plastic Christmas trees, leaky silicone breasts that cause cancer, imitation caviar. Even …

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 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 A.T.R.E.E.M.

A.T.R.E.E.M.

Meet A.T.R.E.E.M. (acronym for Automated Tree-Rental for Emission Encaging Machine), a device that compares daily activities, energy and products to the growth of a tree. "From an …

Visual of Moscow won't let it snow

Moscow won't let it snow

Already in the early days of modern civilization, people claimed that they could control the weather. A known example from recent history are the rituals that American Indians …

Visual of Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

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

Visual of Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

As we are nearing the end of the year, and anticipate you might have some time to watch a film, we discus our top 10 Next Nature movies. Idiocracy (2006) is not a great film, …

Visual of Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Nine Strategies of Geo-engineering

Recently some scientists in Britain have recommend planetary ' geoengineering ' to avoid climate change. And as politicians are listening , it is time to explore the options. New …

Visual of Outer-Space as Local-Space

Outer-Space as Local-Space

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, two unmanned interplanetary space probes that were sent out to explore the outer space. Aboard each was a record which intended to …

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

Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

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

Visual of 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 Manko & The Earth [#12]

Manko & The Earth [#12]

Zero: 'Where to begin? We've had many discussions in our Lab about the future of the children. The plan was simple: to raise the kids to the physical age to be 'frozen' in. Then, …

Visual of Powershow 2011 Pictures

Powershow 2011 Pictures

Pictures of the Next Nature Power Show 2011 are online.

Visual of The Monsters We Deserve

The Monsters We Deserve

Recently, a video clip has been circulating the web that  purportedly shows a rabbit born earless due to the radiation at Fukushima. BoingBoing has a convincing take-down of the …

Visual of Who Watches the Watchers?

Who Watches the Watchers?

In The Watchers , the creative geniuses at Studio Smack picture a world where surveillance systems don't just watch us - they actively judge.  Are you a green-coded Conformist or …

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

A Space-Faring Backup for Earth's Biota

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

Visual of Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

Christian Schwägerl - Riding the Anthropocene

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

Visual of 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 Macbook Pro Fragrance

Macbook Pro Fragrance

Nothing beats the factory-scent of expensive, freshly unboxed technology! Artist group Greatest Hits produced the Apple Unboxing Scent for use at an exhibition in Melbourne, where …

Visual of Magnifiying the Universe

Magnifiying the Universe

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

Visual of Making Deserts Flourish

Making Deserts Flourish

Using only plastic sheets and an irrigation-nutrient system, a Japanese researcher has found a way to change agriculture as we know it. Professor Yuichi Mori argues in his talk at …

Visual of Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

Nature is Dead, Long live Nature

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

Visual of 3Doodler, a Pen for Drawing in the Air

3Doodler, a Pen for Drawing in the Air

Draw in midair with a portable 3D printer.

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"Algae Opera" Nourishes Algae with a Singer's Breath

Are you blessed with a Maria Callas kind of voice? If, like us, you don't go beyond croaking the occasional " I want to break free" in the shower, watch out. If the artists of …

Visual of Brick Era

Brick Era

Mankind has expanded the variety of stones found on the planet.

Visual of Feeling Sad? Ladies in Korea Go Under the Knife for a Perma-Smile

Feeling Sad? Ladies in Korea Go Under the Knife for a Perma-Smile

Surgery for a cute, cheerful duckface – permanently.

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 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 Next Nature Interview on London Real

Next Nature Interview on London Real

London Real interviewed Koert Van Mensvoort on the concept of Next Nature and its implications on our planet.

Visual of Rollin' Safari

Rollin' Safari

Assuming that true wildlife hàs gone extinct... Who needs the real thing when you can have a Next Safari ? Let's go and hunt for the plastic birds on the beach or watch genuine …

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 Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Besides finding their way, people look at to transport them to another place, or in this case, another perspective on planet Earth.

Visual of In Suburbia Anything Can Happen

In Suburbia Anything Can Happen

Without social bonds and solidarity, anything can and does happen: a small house surrounded by new big buildings.

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 Next Nature Emergency Blanket

Next Nature Emergency Blanket

The Survival Blanket protects against the forces of next nature: drone attacks, electrosmog, internet fail, etc.

Visual of No Future for Traditional Meat

No Future for Traditional Meat

At Home in the Lab with Mark Post, Father of the In Vitro Hamburger. Interview from The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Visual of The Moon will Become a WiFi Zone

The Moon will Become a WiFi Zone

Researchers proved it is possible to provide the Moon with the wireless connectivity we have on Earth.

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 Xmas Unwrapped

Xmas Unwrapped

An expedition along the supply chain, visiting factory floors and productions lines of our fluffy red Santa hats, shiny baubles, tinsel and fake plastic trees. Merry Christmas!

Visual of Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

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

Visual of Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Scientists think the laws governing the structure of galaxies in outer space are the same laws underlying the growth of cities.

Visual of Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

Using Drones to Fight Deforestation

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

Visual of The Golden Quarter

The Golden Quarter

Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?

Visual of Transfigurations: Let's Design People

Transfigurations: Let's Design People

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

Visual of Architecture on Mars

Architecture on Mars

The future anticipates 3D printed homes on Mars.

Visual of Are There Pokémon on the Moon?

Are There Pokémon on the Moon?

Pokémon Go is slowly taking over our planet. People know more Pokémon than bird or tree species. However, avid players will have noticed that some of the first-gen Pokémon are not available in the game yet.

Visual of The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

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

Visual of Greetings from Mars

Greetings from Mars

Since plans for conquering the Red Planet are becoming more serious we should get acquainted with the possible view from up there.

Visual of Guerilla Gardening in Paris

Guerilla Gardening in Paris

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

Visual of 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 Walk, Talk and Get Paid

Walk, Talk and Get Paid

As the digital age makes people more lonely, Chuck McCarthy created a service to walk with strangers.

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

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

Visual of ECO Coin Award Interviews: Shubhendu Sharma

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Shubhendu Sharma

We asked Shubhendu Sharm, our first ECO coin award nominee about his method, business and hopes for the future.

Visual of ECO Coin First Trial at DGTL 2017

ECO Coin First Trial at DGTL 2017

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

Visual of The End of Air-Conditioning

The End of Air-Conditioning

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

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 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 Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

The Pink Chicken Project suggests modifying chickens’ DNA in order to send a message about our Earth health.

Visual of Shazam Your Plant Findings

Shazam Your Plant Findings

Shazam for Plants app lets you catch around 400.000 plant species left on our planet through the lens of your smartphone.

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 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 The Age of Rust

The Age of Rust

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

Visual of Building a City on Mars by 2117

Building a City on Mars by 2117

The United Arab Emirates released plans to build a city on Mars.

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

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

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

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 Drones Protect Indonesia from Volcanic Danger

Drones Protect Indonesia from Volcanic Danger

In Bali, volcanic danger looms large. Scientists are trying to use drones to forestall the danger and make the invisible workings of the volcano visible.

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

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

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

Visual of 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 How Pokemon are affected by climate change

How Pokemon are affected by climate change

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

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

Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

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

Visual of Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

Exploring body architecture with Lucy McRae

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

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

Interview: Pirjo Kääriäinen on collaboration and the new ecological biomateriality

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

Visual of NATURE: Where biology and design merge

NATURE: Where biology and design merge

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

Visual of Next Nature book launch: here's what you missed

Next Nature book launch: here's what you missed

The new Next Nature book is here ! Next Nature fellows, ambassadors, members and newly interested people came together on the 4th of June to celebrate the book launch with a …

Visual of Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

Watch this lifelike robot fish swim through the ocean

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

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

Three exhibitions that explore the relationship between humans and the environment

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

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

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

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

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

A vegan meat revolution is coming to global fast food chains

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

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

How China is enjoying blue skies — thanks to the coronavirus

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

Visual of This startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab

This startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab

As the ills of factory farming become more pronounced, people are increasingly gravitating towards vegetarian or pescatarian diets. Besides producing a large percentage of our …

Visual of Marjan van Aubel wins ECO Coin Award

Marjan van Aubel wins ECO Coin Award

Each year we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to make this planet a more sustainable place and honor them with our ECO Coin Award . We …

Visual of Cyborg artist Moon Ribas feels earthquakes

Cyborg artist Moon Ribas feels earthquakes

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

Visual of The new Next Nature book is here!

The new Next Nature book is here!

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

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 Seeking Symbiosis

Seeking Symbiosis

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

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 Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

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

Visual of Cameleon concept car

Cameleon concept car

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

Visual of Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

Designing for Next Nature (workshop report)

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

Visual of 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 …

Visual of Google Maps Mars

Google Maps Mars

Google has added it's first map of a Solar Planet to the google maps. The map of Mars provides detailed information of its mountains, craters, plaines and more (including …

Visual of Holy Cow

Holy Cow

As a kid, I used to play around with toy animals made of plastic. You could stuff them and store other toys in their stomachs. Now living cows like the one in this movie start …

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 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 Surfing the marble

Surfing the marble

The world is flat again! Here's how the worlds largest search engine company describes its newest toy: To put it simply, Like a game community , Google Earth is growing its own: …

Visual of 10 Biomimic Gadgets

10 Biomimic Gadgets

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

Visual of Ball of Being

Ball of Being

Ball of Being is an online dance film featuring atoms, planets, footballs, globes, foam and molecules. It is uncertain whether we are entering a microscopic nanoworld, virtual …

Visual of Bright blind

Bright blind

Made of electroluminescent (EL) sheets, Makoto Hirahara's Bright Blind simulates a window where none exists. In all other respects, the artificial blind functions in exactly the …

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 Fake for Real: World View

Fake for Real: World View

In ancient times, heroes like Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus explored unknown territories of the globe. The climax of these terrestrial explorations was reached at the …

Visual of Innovation inspired by Old Nature

Innovation inspired by Old Nature

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

Visual of No transparent frog

No transparent frog

It was in the news all over the world, but wonder why at NextNature.net we have not mentioned the 'invention' of the transparent frog before? Probably because we think the frog is …

Visual of Out of Control

Out of Control

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

Visual of The Metaverse Roadmap

The Metaverse Roadmap

In ancient times heroes like Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus explored the unknown territories of the globe. Today world traveling has become a teenage tourist activity, but …

Visual of Who wants a stylus?

Who wants a stylus?

"Who wants a stylus?" Words by Apple's Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone that uses a revolutionary input device: the finger. Using this device you find that it's pretty hard …

Visual of Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

Call for Proposals: Designing for Next Nature

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

Visual of Dirt 2.0

Dirt 2.0

To increase  decrease CO2 a lot of plans are made to cover city buildings with roof gardens. One problem however is that those gardens tend to be quite heavy. Especially when you …

Visual of Driving on Algue

Driving on Algue

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

Visual of Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

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

Visual of Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

Green Blues: Biofuels add to Global Warming

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

Visual of Hail Control Gun

Hail Control Gun

A single hail storm can destroy the year's harvest. For over 25 years, this gun has been used by vine and fruit growers in France, Spain, Austria and Belgium for one purpose: …

Visual of In Space, Nobody Can See You Litter

In Space, Nobody Can See You Litter

Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling …

Visual of Let the Dutch bury the Carbon

Let the Dutch bury the Carbon

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

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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 Reconstructing Faces

Reconstructing Faces

The video below is featuring a computer-generated replica of actress Emily O’Brien’s face at high-definition resolution. The Image Metrics process takes a captured video and …

Visual of RepRap - a self-reproducing machine

RepRap - a self-reproducing machine

The RepRap is a selfreproducing 3D printer. The 3D printer 'prints' his own components by melting tiny plastic particles together. Imagine what would happen if this 3D printer …

Visual of Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Software that Ranks Female Beauty

Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made . Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University …

Visual of Space Station

Space Station

If you would have shown this picture to people 50 years ago, they might have imagined it to be one of those promised 21th century space stations encircling some alien planet in …

Visual of Treetrunk Trashcan

Treetrunk Trashcan

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

Visual of Ars Electronica Festival goes Next Nature

Ars Electronica Festival goes Next Nature

This years edition of the Ars Electronica festival , which has been hangout for international experts from the arts and sciences for almost three decades, focuses on the nature …

Visual of Boomeranged Metaphors

Boomeranged Metaphors

At the start of the digital era, metaphors from everyday life were used – in what was then the new computer environment – in order to make otherwise incomprehensible technology …

Visual of Escape of the Prairiedogs

Escape of the Prairiedogs

" It took just 10 minutes for a dozen prairie dogs to outwit the creators of the Maryland Zoo's new $500,000 habitat. Aircraft wire, poured concrete and slick plastic walls proved …

Visual of Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

Five strategies of Biomimicmarketing

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

Visual of Google Ads talk back!

Google Ads talk back!

‘Advertising is the cave art of the 20th century’, Marshall McLuhan said. Advertisings are mythical depictions of hunting and gathering rituals, that don’t take place on some …

Visual of Strategy #2: Use Nature As A Metaphor

Strategy #2: Use Nature As A Metaphor

The border between the first and the second category is fluid. With the products in the second category, the link is more content oriented. For instance, by calling a sneaker …

Visual of Skin Suit

Skin Suit

The general assumption about sports, is that it's healthy to exercise for a fit and nicely-shaped -- perhaps muscular body. Such a body could be a sign of good health and is being …

Visual of WakeUp light tested on Roosters

WakeUp light tested on Roosters

://nextnature.net I tend to think of the Philips Wake Up Light as a product of missed opportunity: Good concept, implementation too cheap and illustrative. Especially the crappy …

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 Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

Craig Venter unveils 'Synthetic Life'

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

Visual of 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 Mirror Neurons – Simulation at the basis of Human Civilization

Mirror Neurons – Simulation at the basis of Human Civilization

Within our society, imitation and simulation are typically seen as inferior symbols of a distorted mediated culture – think of fake Rolexes, plastic Christmas trees, silicone …

Visual of Nano-Silver Foam Condom For Women

Nano-Silver Foam Condom For Women

As we are calling for debate-provoking nanotech products that might hit the shelves of the Supermarket in the next ten years , some products much crazier than the ones we could …

Visual of Nature as a Commodity

Nature as a Commodity

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

Visual of Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Next Nature Movie #3: Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a film with no actors, no storyline, and no dialogue. The only things we see are landscapes, images of cities, and people going about their regular lives. …

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 Robosaurus eats Cars for Breakfast

Robosaurus eats Cars for Breakfast

The Robosaurus is the only airplane eating, fire breathing robot on the planet. Pity the thing is merely build for entertainment purposes. Perhaps this thing could finally solve …

Visual of Seashells are becoming Unnecessary

Seashells are becoming Unnecessary

At the beach, I'm always on the look-out for seashells big enough to hold against my ear to hear the sound of the sea . This child-like behavior still resonates with me. But I got …

Visual of Self–Repairing Architecture

Self–Repairing Architecture

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

Visual of 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 US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

US Judge Rules Gene Patents Invalid ?because they are Natural

Did you know that about 20 percent of your body isn't really yours? It has been patented by some corporation you probably never heard of. You can't patent gold, you can't patent …

Visual of Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

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

Visual of City Planning with Bright Bacteria

City Planning with Bright Bacteria

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

Visual of Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Our historical snippet of the moment is a Canadian television fragment from 1968 featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan on the implications of media …

Visual of Disgusting Switches

Disgusting Switches

If a light switch would be hairy or snotty nobody would want to turn on the light anymore, which is exactly why designer Katrin Baumgarten created some of the most one nauseating …

Visual of Growing a Crystal Chair

Growing a Crystal Chair

Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka does not sculpt his work, but grows it. His Venus chair was created by immersing a plastic mesh substrate into a tank filled with a chemical …

Visual of Inventing an Extinct Horse

Inventing an Extinct Horse

Along with the  Heck cattle and Scottish Highlanders , another reconstructed species roams the Dutch dunes . The sturdy  Konik horse , also known as the Polish primitive, is the …

Visual of Mushrooms in the Mokum

Mushrooms in the Mokum

Mediamatic  is hosting a pop-up urban mushroom farm in the middle of Amsterdam. Rows and rows of shiitake, oyster, and the elusive almond-flavored  Agaricus subrufescens are …

Visual of Next Nature Book Sample

Next Nature Book Sample

Try before you buy. Browse the sample excerpt of the lustrous Next Nature book containing material from chapter 1 & chapter 3. Books bricks are currently being shipped across the …

Visual of System Animals

System Animals

What animal is so naive to come into this world as a naked and crying infant, completely vulnerable, helpless, and an easy prey for any predator? Newborn lamb or giraffe’s babies …

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 The Earth on Loan

The Earth on Loan

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

Visual of Virtual Offline Shopping

Virtual Offline Shopping

As the second most hardest working people on this planet, Koreans obviously dread their weekly shopping for groceries. It is therefore that Home Plus (Tesco in Europe) plastered …

Visual of We Domesticated Ourselves

We Domesticated Ourselves

Our bodies are maps of our ancestor's social lives.  We evolved, physically and behaviorally, in incredibly complex social groups.  Such intense sociability may have favored the …

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

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

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

Visual of A Clockwork Forest

A Clockwork Forest

Has nature become a fairytale or do we want it to be one? In their installation The Clockwork Forest , artist collective Greyworld seems to opt for the latter. The work of art …

Visual of Arne Hendriks – Incredible Shrinking Man

Arne Hendriks – Incredible Shrinking Man

Artist Arne Hendriks explores the possibilities and implications of downsizing the human species to better fit the earth.

Visual of Automotive Monsoon – Reign or Rain of the Cars?

Automotive Monsoon – Reign or Rain of the Cars?

Try it once. Go stand near a highway, close your eyes and listen carefully. Hear the sound of tires on the asphalt, hear the rhythmic ‘sshhh’, focus on this particular sound. And …

Visual of Can Life Be a Technology?

Can Life Be a Technology?

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

Visual of Corpus 2.1

Corpus 2.1

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

Visual of 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 Meat, the Expectations

Meat, the Expectations

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

Visual of Time Between Emergence and Design

Time Between Emergence and Design

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

Visual of Genetic Screening for Christmas Trees

Genetic Screening for Christmas Trees

If you've turned to plastic Christmas trees because the real ones leave piles of needles behind, science is working to bring live conifers back into your holidays. A $1.3 million …

Visual of Genetically Engineered

Genetically Engineered "Arctic" Apple Will Never Turn Brown

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

Visual of 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 Is the Human Body Redundant?

Is the Human Body Redundant?

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

Visual of Mark Post - Meet the New Meat

Mark Post - Meet the New Meat

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

Visual of Nano Product: Lungless

Nano Product: Lungless

350 million years after crawling from the sea, the Lungless suit will bring us back. Inspired by fish gills, the Lungless Aquatic Respiration Suit uses millions of cascading …

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 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 Post Natural Organisms of the EU

Post Natural Organisms of the EU

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

Visual of The Ecological Human

The Ecological Human

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

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

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

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

Visual of 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 Featured Page #06: World Card Wood (Infotizement)

Featured Page #06: World Card Wood (Infotizement)

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book . This week: The World Card Wood, the worlds' most prestgious and versatile …

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 Anthropo-scene #3: Morphing Earth, Piece by Piece

Anthropo-scene #3: Morphing Earth, Piece by Piece

Humans act as bio-excavators that literally move mountains.

Visual of Bright Streetlights Make Us No Safer, and Why That's Good News

Bright Streetlights Make Us No Safer, and Why That's Good News

Artificial lighting at night makes us fat, depressed and sick. What are the alternatives?

Visual of Carnivorous Plants Turn Vegetarian

Carnivorous Plants Turn Vegetarian

Will extended pollution cause carnivorous plants to turn to a fully vegetarian diet?

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 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 Engineering Beneficial Parasites

Engineering Beneficial Parasites

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

Visual of Grossed Out by Lab-Grown Meat? Here's 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be

Grossed Out by Lab-Grown Meat? Here's 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be

In vitro meat is creepy, unnatural and downright disgusting – and so is every other kind of food we eat.

Visual of Grow Your Own - Call for Projects

Grow Your Own - Call for Projects

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

Visual of How Food Scientists Engineer the

How Food Scientists Engineer the "Bliss Point" in Junk Food

Cheetos and other junk foods are more carefully engineered than the average bridge.

Visual of I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please

Is a deep-fried iPad as unhealthy as a McDonald's meal?

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

Innovative Nostalgia

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

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

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

Floris Kayak discusses online hoaxes and the future of technology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual of More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

More than Fake Nature: The Surprising Sociology of Museum Taxidermy

The greatest taxidermy in the world reveals a great deal about our changing notions of nature.

Visual of Portrait of MAN

Portrait of MAN

Amazing short animation by Steve Cuts.

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 Space Farming for Astronauts

Space Farming for Astronauts

Space Farming: NASA plans to grow a vegetable garden 230 miles above the Earth.

Visual of Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

Swap Your Bones for an Improved, 3D-Printed Version

3D printed organs are on the way. Could they be designed to be aesthetically appealing?

Visual of The Holy Grail of Immortality

The Holy Grail of Immortality

Injecting mice with telomerase enables them to live 24% longer than the average mouse.

Visual of The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

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

Visual of The Sci-Fi Prehistory of

The Sci-Fi Prehistory of "Victimless" Meat

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

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 Werner Herzog on

Werner Herzog on "Old" Nature

"The birds are in misery. I don’t think they sing, they just screech in pain"

Visual of What Will We Look Like in 100,000 Years?

What Will We Look Like in 100,000 Years?

In 100,000 years human beings might look like a manga character: big intense eyes, high forehead, large head, straight nose, more pigmented skin, and perfect symmetry. “There will …

Visual of 21th Century Fata Morgana

21th Century Fata Morgana

A cave man teleported at today's Bangkok airport would not recognize anything, except for the few trees in the back.

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 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 Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

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

Visual of Breathing Lights

Breathing Lights

Inspired by the movement of spider webs in the wind, Dutch designer Jeroen Van Der Meij created Breathing Lights.

Visual of Corporate Logos Zoology

Corporate Logos Zoology

The biodiversity of corporate “species” is increasing.

Visual of Cosmos Tourism

Cosmos Tourism

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

Visual of First 3D-printed Skull implanted

First 3D-printed Skull implanted

First 3D-printed skull has been implanted on a 22 years old dutch women.

Visual of Growing Crops with Video Projections

Growing Crops with Video Projections

Growing plants with projected YouTube videos.

Visual of Growing the Future of Meat

Growing the Future of Meat

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

Visual of How Technology becomes Nature

How Technology becomes Nature

In this talk at TEDxGhent, our own Dr. Van Mensvoort shows how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that.

Visual of In Vitro Recipe #8: Bone Pickers

In Vitro Recipe #8: Bone Pickers

Bone pickers stimulate your 'inner caveman'. They satisfy our carnal appetite for gnawing and ripping.

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 In Vitro Recipe #3: Magic Meatballs

In Vitro Recipe #3: Magic Meatballs

Magic meatballs playfully familiarize children with the concept of in vitro meat.

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

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Visual of The Anthropocene Explosion

The Anthropocene Explosion

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

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

The Carnery - A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

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

Visual of The First 3D Printed Canal House

The First 3D Printed Canal House

The first 3D printed house is a recognisable and attractive Dutch Canal House, an exhibition and building site in the heart of Amsterdam.

Visual of The Ideal Phone Might Be The noPhone

The Ideal Phone Might Be The noPhone

Your next phone could be the noPhone: a technology-free alternative to any smart mobile device.

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

Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

BBC predicts the far future.

Visual of Transportations Of The Future

Transportations Of The Future

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

Visual of Watch Your City at Night from Space

Watch Your City at Night from Space

Less than one millennium ago the Earth at night was all black. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

Visual of Weaving a Home

Weaving a Home

A lightweight and mobile structural fabric based on ancient traditions of weaving fibers.

Visual of What Bits Want

What Bits Want

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.

Visual of What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?

What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?

Many scientists believe that we will soon be able to preserve our consciousness indefinitely. This could be done by copying and transferring these contents into a computer, or by piecemeal replacement with parts of the brain gradually replaced by hardware.

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 A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

A Wind Turbine That Looks Like a Tree

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

Visual of 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 Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

Due to human action, 1300 bird species are seriously in decline. Other birds have learned to live with humans and profit from their presence.

Visual of Eco Currency Questions

Eco Currency Questions

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

Visual of Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Fake Nature can Prevent Climate Change

Scientists are working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.

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

Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

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

Visual of Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Houses to Live Integrated with Nature

Easy-to-assemble customized tiny houses that can be covered under layers of soil, turf, or even sand and snow.

Visual of How Many Trees are There on Earth?

How Many Trees are There on Earth?

There are about 3.04 trillion trees on Earth. That is 422 trees per human being.

Visual of IBM Predicts Artificial Intelligence Future

IBM Predicts Artificial Intelligence Future

While the Watson technology is exponentially increasing its processing power on an annual basis and steadily moving from answering trivia questions, to cooking advice, onto medical advice, it is about time we confront it with the million dollar question: "Watson, what do you want?".

Visual of In Vitro Meat Godfather Dies at Age of 91

In Vitro Meat Godfather Dies at Age of 91

Dutch researcher and entrepreneur, Willem van Eelen, has died in Amsterdam. For more than half a century, Van Eelen relentlessly researched and promoted In Vitro Meat.

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

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

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

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

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

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

Visual of Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers …

Visual of Nasa's Projections on Global Warming

Nasa's Projections on Global Warming

Researchers at Nasa's Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) in Maryland can deploy a supercomputer called the "Discover".

Visual of Next Nature Book Second Edition

Next Nature Book Second Edition

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

Visual of Robot’s Best Friend

Robot’s Best Friend

From chef, to nurse, and also lover. Get ready, a new generation of robots is going to invade our lives!

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 Face of Litter

The Face of Litter

Hong Kong is using DNA analysis to publicly shame litterbugs

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 Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

Anonymity Becomes the New Privacy

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

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Australia Moves Too Fast for GPS

The entire continent of Australia has shifted and that's a problem for GPS, meteorologists, automated cars and even drones.

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"Biomimicry", the Documentary

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

Visual of Bringing In Vitro Meat to the Market

Bringing In Vitro Meat to the Market

Mark Post is planning to bring lab-grown meat on the market shelves within five years at a reasonable price.

Visual of No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

The Salt Project created an additional ecosystem to revive desertified lands.

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Colorless coral: How climate change is affecting the great barrier reef

Our peculiar image of the week comes from the Great Barrier Reef. You've probably seen images of this vibrant underwater attraction before. If you're lucky, maybe you've seen it …

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EcoHelmet: Foldable, Recyclable and Cheap

The new recyclable, foldable and affordable bike helmet can change city bike sharing for good.

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

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

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But will lab-grown meat be kosher?

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

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The First Baby with Three Genetic Parents

This year, on April 6th, a baby was born with three genetic parents: two mothers and one father.

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Geography Class via Smartphone

A new Google Maps app is designed to get kids exploring the Himalayas without having to actually go outside.

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Harvesting Water from Thin Air

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

Visual of 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.

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Fellow Day: Next Senses

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

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Who Owns the Map?

In their pursuit of mapping the physical world online, mapping services simultaneously shape our understanding of it too.

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Flip-Flop Selfie

These two boys use the nap of their flip-flop as a camera to take an imaginary selfie. Still, their selfie went viral and it became our peculiar image of the week.

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 Computer-Simulated Realistic Sounds

Computer-Simulated Realistic Sounds

Researchers at MIT have created a system that is able to simulate sounds that are so perfect that they can even fool human listeners.

Visual of ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village