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Pig Wings Project

The development of new biological technologies make us wonder if pigs could fly one day. The Pig Wings project presents the first use of living pig tissue to construct and grow …

Utility Pets

In the not-so-distant future people will be given a pig with their own DNA engineered into it. The pig, known as a "knockout" pig in the scientific jargon, is a form of living …

Cloth Carpet - a lifetime of cloth consumption

Why buy a carpet made out of sheep wool, if you can also buy one made people wool ? This carpet is made by the cloth consumption of a persons' lifetime. Created by Volksware .

Ecopod

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

Smoke the World

Peculiar image of the week: Smoke the World, Oil on Canvas (50x70) created by Mieke Gerritzen.

Vin Memoriam

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

We’re lecturing in Milan (if you ask us)

From april 17-20, a large deal of the Next Nature crew will be in Milan , Italy. We will bring our lustrous  Nano Supermarket to this year’s edition of the Salone Internationale …

Where Is My Care-Bot?

Robots are coming to replace shopping assistants , teachers , farmers and eventually even nurses!

A mouse can scare the cat away

Animal Nextnature! Using an animal as part of your lego creation. A 'behaviour block' can track the behaviour of the animal inside. This behavior is the nused to drive the Lego …

Babybunny - stuffed pets as toys

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

Briefcase

Cloaca - Art(ificial) shit machine

Cloaca is a giant machine that makes shit. At one end of the machine, they pour 2.6 gallons of water and a meal from a fancy SoHo restaurant. 27 hours and 33 feet later, a nozzle …

CCTV total world domination

Painting by Banksy . Related: Cellphone Treemasts

DNAncestry Project

"Become a part of history." and "Your journey begins" are just two quotes from the Trace your ancestry with DNA website. That says enough about the business behind it, but what I …

Firefox crop cirle - Aliens prefer firefox

Take back the field. This past weekend, the OSU Linux Users Group descended on a field in Oregon to create a 45,000+ square foot crop circle of Firefox.

Google Mapping in Physical Space

Aram Bartholl's Map project converts Google map markers into physical objects that can be moved around public spaces. The size of the rebuilt red Marker in reality corresponds to …

Incognito

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

Klima Kontrolle

Klima Kontrolle (video) is a project by Roel Wouters and Luna Maurer . A fan is placed in front of a computer screen and accelerates until it blows away the entire desktop. …

Metalosis Maligna

Metalosis Maligna is a documentary by Floris Kaayk about a disease which affects patients with medical implants. Sourcing from such implants a wild metal growth ultimately …

Online gamers unmasked

Photojournalist Robbie Cooper captured images of gamers and their real-life selves. Here are their stories. Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more …

Park(ing)

More than 70% of San Francisco's downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm. Park(ing) …

PictoOrphanage

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

Pig City

The Netherlands produces some 16.5 million tons of pig meat each year, making it the European Union's leading exporter. In 1999 there were officially 15.2 million pigs in the …

Pollstream

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

Release - messages from the deceased

'Release' is a product that terminal patients can use to leave audio messages for their relatives, for after their death. People living with the notion that they will soon die …

Roachbot

After the nuclear war, the only one that will be left are the roaches. This guy thought it was a good idea to start building cars for them. Watch the video on Youtube . Also watch …

Robotic Action Painter

RAP is a new generation of painting robots designed for Museum or long exhibition displays. It is completely autonomous and need very little assistance and maintenance. RAP …

Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight started this massive desert art project in 1985, Niland, California. For nearly 20 years he created the landscape with every shade and type of paint ... and just a …

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 …

Portraits of American Mass Consumption

The Art of Junk by Chris Jordan .

The Living Tower

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

The Sleeping Garden

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

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 …

Universal Connections - USB fetish

USB was originally only used by computer experts and nerds. Nowadays USB (universal serial bus) has developed into an every-day item and symbol for connecting the digital with the …

Virtual Miss Germany

Scientists are looking for the most beautiful woman in Germany... At the 2002 Miss Germany pageant, the eight finalists were photographed from the same angle without makeup. The …

What to do with your cat?

Our relation with the animals we consume is very remote nowadays. The meat in the supermarket is abstract and square. You might consider a vegetarian life style. No? Then you …

World Mapper

The toy export map of the world. The toy import map of the world. The way we map things can make a world of difference. Worldmapper's maps transform traditional cartographic …

Permafrost seed bank

The Norwegian government will hollow out a cave on the ice-bound island of Spitsbergen to hold a seed bank. This seed vault is an answer to a call from the international community …

An American Self-Portrait

In his new series Running the Numbers , photographer Chris Jordan looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific …

Arnolds Hybrid Hummer

Sure, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Mr Nextnature avant la lettre, but since the man cruises in a hybrid hummer , he is the living evidence that nextnature can be supportive …

Augmented Animals

Animals do not shape their living environment as radically as humans, but why don't we give them some help. James Auger envisions animals, birds, reptiles and even fish becoming …

Augmented Cognition

The Augmented Cognition System will help the brain adapt to data on computer-screens. If there's too much/little data, it will decrease/increase the information for you. If the …

Backpacker Airplane

No, I am not sure if and how this distressed airplane wearing its passengers luggage on its back relates to our research topic. Anyhow, it is the peculiar image of the week. The …

Banksy's Shoppingcart Caveman

link: Banksy.co.uk .

Barcode Tattoos

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

Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot

By putting this cockroach in control over a mobile robot, our perception of the animal is changed. Technology empowers the little creature you would normally squash under your …

Confetti chicken

This weeks peculiar image was taken this summer by a friend of mine. He went to a birdmarket in Esfahan, Iran and noticed that discrimination takes many forms; only blond chicks …

Corporate Slogan Poem*

Where do you want to go today? Think different. Just do it. Sense & simplicity. Have it your way. Can't beat the feeling. Make it real. The best a man can get. Be an original. …

Diesels Global Warming Ready Campaign

The Earth is heating up. The sun will blow up within 5 billion years. The human race will probably go extinct before entering the posthuman stage, or the probabillity that we …

Digizerk

Henk Rozema displaying his invention (2006), the digital tombstone "Digizerk". It was only a question of time that global digitalization would be introduced on cemeteries. The …

Disney made in China

Shijingshan Amusement Park in Beijing states that it has absolutely nothing to do with Disney. The park's operators have insisted that the Minnie-character on the right is not a …

Tourist Terrorist?

Peculiar image of the week: Do it Yourself rocket? Tourist Terrorist?

EnergyTree

The EnergyTree is a device dedicated to monitoring your household energy use. It monitors you energy output from sockets and any device that is using electricity. It also monitors …

Fake XP grass

Fake commercial for Norton computer maintenance software. Made by some student, who's name I couldn't find.

Forbidden Girl

You don't have permission to access girl on this server. It's a pitty. But it is a good idea for a campaign against violence on women.

French Aids Campaign

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

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 …

Google 2084

Tongue in cheek speculation on what Google's home page may look like in 2084, created by Randy Siegel for NY Times. Frankly, I don't think this is very realistic: We don't have to …

Greener Apple

Apple knows more about clean design than anybody. But apparently their products contain hazardous substances that other companies have abandoned. Hence, green my Apple! Via …

Head On

Peculiar installation of the week by Cai Guo-Qiang .

Human Tetris

A tribute to the virtual world boomeranging back to the physical world by Mega64 . Or do you rather prefer the corny japanese gameshow version? Via Engadget ,

Interview with a cyborg

Erich Berger has a 96 year old grandmother who is a cyborg. She features dentures, hearing aids, glasses, pace maker, a metal implant on the pinkie toe, and more. Quotes from the …

Kite ship

The world's first commercial merchant ship using a high-tech kite system will sail across oceans - and help fight climate change. "MV Beluga Skysails" cargo ship has been fitted …

Next humans

What will the human race look like in 1, 2, 3, 4 million years? Will it be one human race? Will there be a human race? Impressions of future scenario's must come from scientists, …

Observe/me Bags

No, these aren't X-ray pictures, these are designers bags! Part of the Observe/me fashion line of bags, wallets, gloves and coats created for the modern observed people. …

Pencils made from cremated humans

Artist Nadine Jarvis fabricates pencils from carbon left over of cremated humans -- it's part of a larger "research project into post mortem." She notes that "240 pencils can be …

People in Need Campaign

Every next nature typically parasites on some older nature, which as a result dries out and eventually vanishes. Only rarely this mechanism is made visible. The Dutch charity …

Pixel shirt

The Ironic Sans blog brings you Pre-Pixelated clothing! Stop worrying about whether or not the producer of that Reality TV show you're on will pixelate your carefully chosen …

"Powerbutton" Button

Powerbutton is a badge. Found on buzzworks.nl .

Retro Future: Magic Highway USA

Nothing makes a person more modest about future speculations than Retro Future. Want proof? Here is a 1958 video entitled " Magic Highway USA ". No, they didn't anticipate traffic …

Separating streets and words

When he's not saving the word, artist Matt Siber is disecting street images and their typography. Seen before in many forms on this blog, but very well done!

Simulacra for Dummies

Anyone can explain Baudrillard with this move. After the recent passing-away of this philosopher, it seems appropriate to post this movie as an ultimate "Simulacra for Dummies". …

Surplus - Terrorized into Being Consumers

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

The surrealist were telling the truth

After Magritte; Surrealism in the 21th century. Peculiar image of the week, created by Isabel Lucena.

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 …

Trash People

In 246 BC, a Chinese emperor - Qin Shi Huangdi - desired an army that could accompany him on his quest in the land of the dead. With the help of 700.000 craftsmen, he created the …

Treetrunk Bench

Old nature meets next nature in the design by Jurgen Bey. Related: How to grow a Chair , Folding Chair , Sketch furniture , Dynamic terrain .

TV Helmet

TV-Helmet (Portable Living Room) made by in the '60s by Walter Pichler- Photo: Werner Kaligofsky. Via: We make Money not Art , Mouse . Related: Conditioned , Schöne Aussichten , …

Under heaven

Fata morgana under junk viaduct in bijlmer, 2004. By Leo van Munster

RFID implant opens doors

Amal has two RFID implants, one in each hand. His left hand contains a 3mm by 13mm EM4102 glass RFID tag that was implanted by a cosmetic surgeon. His right hand contains a 2mm by …

Where Ships go to Die

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

1 Whole human

Peculiar product of the week. Found at.

Air traffic

The paths of air traffic over North America visualized in color and form. Created by Aaron Koblin .

All the water and air on earth..

... gathered into spheres and compared to the Earth. The water sphere (blue) in this computer visualization measures 1390 kilometres across and has a volume of 1.4 billion cubic …

Amsterdam Weekly on the Natural Revolution

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

Apparently things are improving in Darfur?

Unfortunately this stylish refugee is merely an advertising fata morgana.

BicycleBot

Murata Boy, is a robot capable of riding bicycles unassisted. Balancing, pedaling and directing the bicyclee, turning the bike to avoid obstacles, etc. And this is his nephew, …

Blendie - the voice controlled blender

Blendie is an voice controlled blender with a mind of its own. Materials are a 1950’s Osterizer blender altered with custom made hardware and software for sound analysis and motor …

Cell phone cooking

Popping corn with your handheld? Pity this recently discovered cellphone feature is a hoax , created by a company to promote bluetooth headsets (thanks Teun ).

Computer crash virus

Yes. Evelien Lohbeck takes metaphors seriously (but with humor).  

DNA Synthesizer

Playing God? – "We are not playing..." After having seen this TED talk by Craig Venter , I came across a cynical yet clarifying comic (etcgroup.org) on his plans to build a new …

Don't you just love those classical games?

Peculiar image of the week by Anne de Vries .

Dying ships

These ships were abandoned over twenty years ago. Their owners left them to die after the Chernobyl disaster due to their high levels of radiation. One of the great ironies of the …

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 …

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 …

Fake for Real: White House

The White House, seat and symbol of the US government, is built in a Roman style, which was in turn inspired by Greek architecture. At left, we see it applied in the Villa …

Food Fight

If food and consumption are part of a nations identity, then could warfare be culturally determined as well? The short film that plays with this theme is called Food Fight by …

For those who don't drink whiskey...

Global warming sales

The current value of the US-dollar is warming up our globe.. An inventive shop owner in Chelsea (NYC) stuck this advertisement on the window of his shop. What you cannot see is a …

Happy Meal

How to create your own milkshake with globally available ingredients. Video by Oskar Nilsson, taken from Shampoo Generation DVD . See also: Image Consumption , Million Dollar …

Hollywood on Canvas

Peculiar image of the week. Source: Worth 1000 , via Trendbeheer . See also: Mona Lisa goes LA , The Photoshop Beauties .

Hunters

Created by Banksy . Peculiar image of the week. See also: Join the Neolithic Revolution .

Hurricane Control Causes a Storm of Lawsuits

Controlling hurricanes could save lots of lives and dollars. According to a study published in by climate physicist Daniel Rosenfeld , adding dust to Hurricane Katrina's base …

If giraffes lived in the US

© Thomas Mangold

If the earth is not round..

://nextnature.net The convincing tone of the Iraqi Astronomy researcher Fadhel Al-Sa'd in his elaboration on the shape of the earth in an Iraqi television show, is just as …

In the Wilderness

Recently, I had some free time to return to my old passion of landscape painting. But somehow things seemed to have changed in the wilderness.

A Designers take on Intelligent Design

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

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 …

Join the Neolithic Revolution

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

Killer Robots

Rule #1:  A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Remember Isaac Asimov's classic  three laws of robotics ? Surely thats …

Letting Go

Inspired by the death of his grandfather, LEGO builder Shannon Ocean visualizes the chaos that lies beyond death in this thoughtful and somewhat disturbing piece called " Letting …

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 …

Multicultural Gourmet Pack

Multicultural Gourmet Pack is a new meat package that contains a variety of butchered meat products based on different religions and believes. The pack contains a total of 4 …

My latest cellphone

I think I'll have my next one implanted in my tooth . Via joe-ks.com .

Napkin Sketch – On the impact of Design

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

PacMan's Skull

PacMan's skeleton is our peculiar object of the week. It was created by Le Gentil Garcon , in collaboration with Fransois Escuilia, palaeontologist, from the comparative …

Peer-to-Peer Immigration

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

Fake for Real: Pharmaceutical Candy

Valium, Prozac, Placebo, Viagra, Candy: can you say which one doesn't belong? Or, to rephrase the question: can you say exactly where the boundary lies between medicine and …

Photoshop reporters in China

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

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 …

Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul's - Poetry of Genetics

In the weeks towards the Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 we post a few video's of earlier power show presentations. Philosopher Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul – author of countless articles …

Recycled Coat

In the countdown to the Biggest Visual Power Show 2008 in Los Angeles we post some video's of earlier presentations. The Powershow 2003 in Paradiso, Amsterdam had the world …

Religion now made easier

Poster created by Selby Gildemacher/Piek!

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 …

Robot asimo conducts concert

At a recent Yo-Yo Ma concert at the Detroit Opera House, Honda's ASIMO robot took the stage and conducted. Blame Honda when the robots take over. Thanks Paul .

Self Control Freak

WARNING: Spending too much time behind the computer, may cause the leaking of elements from the digital environment into everyday life. Self control freak Olivier Otten is …

Self control freak organizes his garden

Our friend the Self Control Freak is organizing his garden. Hover over the image above to help him get his wilderness under control.

Simulating Old Nature on Next Nature

iDail replaces the iPhone keypad with a good old rotary keyboard. For all you nostalgics (and grandparents) out there. See also: Who wants a Stylus? , 8-bit icon watch , Treetrunk …

Slavoj Zizek - Ecology without Nature

This lecture by Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zizek – never mind the crappy sound & image quality: this is philosophy folks! – should provide all next nature explorers with a …

Soil Lamp

The design of Marieke Staps  used free and environment-friendly energy to create light. The metabolism of biological living produces enough electricity to burn the LED. The only …

Space Race in Cyberspace?

After having build nightclubs, shopping malls and natural resorts, second hype residents have constructed a spaceport in their metaverse. They sure have a lot of different rockets …

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 …

Vegetarian Nike

No animals were hurt or injured in the production of these vegetarian Nikes. Created by Paul van Barneveld . Thanks Floris . See also Flesh Nike .

World Cow

A Future Love Story

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

ARM•ME

LOUIS VUITTON AK-47 GUCCI MP-5 Justin Melnick is an avid photographer, digital artist, and has lived in the Middle East. All of these influences have come together in his latest …

Autimacy

Autimacy [aw-tih-muh-see] - noun, plural - cies. The term was coined by Simona Kicurovska .

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 …

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 .

Biodiversity of Green Brands is Increasing

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

Conductive Bodypaint

As our lifes are increasingly regulated by electronics and there is a drive towards the miniaturization and portability of electronics on and around the body it seems only logical …

Credit on Color – Rainbow of Credit Cards

Regular readers of this website know we are keen to speculate that our global financial system is best perceived as an ecology, which although originally constructed by man, has …

DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee

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

Economy, as Seen From Space

Reliable data on economic growth is hard to come by in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. Yet according to scientists, outer space offers a new …

Eyeborg

The Eyeborg Project is the work of Rob Spence, a 36 year old filmmaker residing in Toronto, Canada and Kosta Grammatis – an unemployed engineer from San Francisco, California. …

Flu Collector

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

Foldable Icons

In response to the Boomeranged Metaphors post of last week, visual wizard Ton Meijdam sent us these foldable icons. Print them, fold them and use them to decorate your 3D desktop …

Four environmental 'heresies'

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

Game On

Game over? Game on. I can't help but wonder if gaming might influence our notion of death. Does anyone know of research in this direction? Anyhow, this classical PlayStation 2 …

Google Kills Bambi

Every emerging next nature typically stresses some older nature. Time after time, we plant a new habituation, a new instinct, a second nature, that causes the first nature to dry …

GPS Parody

And you thought GPS was supposed to make life easier? Created by Sheepfilms . Related: Find Brain, replace with GPS , GPS influence on street signage . Via Beyond the Beyond .

Growth Assembly

Though the example product seems a little far-fetched; growth assembly could be quite revolutionary. Worldwide shipping of manufactured things is very inefficient. Why not ship …

Highway Nomads

Whereas 40.000 years ago we used to roam the Savanna, today many people live the live of highway nomads. As an investigation of this lifestyle, artist Melle Smets and philosopher …

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, …

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 …

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 .

iReligion

Graphic designer Roel Boonen takes the Apple cult to the extreme with this iReligion triptych. His piece is illustrative on how central corporations and digital technology have …

Let the robots do the teaching

"Upon returning to class after the Golden Week holidays, students at a Tokyo elementary school were delighted to find their teacher had been replaced by a robot. The talking …

LHC – How physics becomes metaphysics

Little over a week after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) became operational it broke down. As the world's largest particle accelerator isn't working, c omputer simulations are the …

Liberate the Breast Cancer Genes

On May 12, 2009 the ACLU and the (not-for-profit) Public Patent Foundation, filed a lawsuit, charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are …

Living Doll

Crying, talking, sleeping, walking... not really, but this is what Cliff Richard's concept could look like when laboratorised. "To demonstrate a new method for fabricating …

Mapping the DNA World

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

Meat Pork

This meat pig was reconstructed by Ton Meijdam . See also: Get vegetarian teeth and eat less meat , Million Dollar Burger , Back to where it came from ,

Melting polar bear reveals a metal skeleton

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

Mobile Evolution

Miniaturization of mobile phones visualized in the style of a Russian Matroesjka doll. If this continues your phone will soon be small enough to fit into your tooth ? Created by …

Modern Fossils

Remember the Gameboy Bricks by Gijs Gieskes? The same vibe must have been picked up by Christopher Locke (Chicago, US) as he opened his Modern Fossils Shop with many more peculiar …

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 …

Nanotechnology Crashcourse

This mashup video project integrates various video clips that ask: What is nanotechnology? Via Posthumanblues , via Futureblogger . See also: Small Talks , Bacteria Bots , …

Nature versus Culture

Let's try this song to focus once more on the culture versus nature theme: "The Big Idea" by Nataly Dawn . The concept of this song is illustrated by the fact that she recorded it …

No Signal

As technology evolves, people are more and more depending on it to function properly. But the nature of technology is that it needs networks, sources, software, batteries and …

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 …

Where cavemen live?

Rock 2007. Peculiar image of the week by Hans Wilschut . Made in Shanghai. If you know more about the orgins of the building: let us know. Thanks to Vivid Gallery , Rotterdam, NL.

Phone of the future

Comic relief for the weekend. The Sumsing Turbo 3000 has it all. Commercial spoof of a cellphone with many functions by Groen Brothers . Related: Excuse me, Is Your Tooth Ringing? …

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 …

Reprogramming Skin Cells into Stem Cells

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

Stop continental drift

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

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain. In the past year, researchers …

The Printed Pot

These printed pots were inspired by Southwest Native American pottery and were printed using powdered slip and binder in a three-dimensional printer. Mixing ancient traditions …

Everyday...

... a new McDonalds opens somewhere in the world. Via RebelArt , via Ekosystem . Related: post-apocalyptic religious artefact , hamburger sneaker , Image consumption .

Tribal Communication Technology

Mobile phones are nextnature: Twenty years ago they didn't exist, now everyone has one and when you leave your house without it, you feel amputated. Like you are missing a limb …

Triceracopter

The Triceracopter is half Triceratops, half helicopter. If dinosaurs and technology evolved at the same time, this is what the helicopter might have look like? Built as a …

USB condom

As soon as the USB Condom detects a virus, built-in software shuts off USB access, verifies the problem, removes the nasty bug, then reopens the communication bridge to your …

Where newspaper racks go to die

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

Wii Gardening

For people who live small... Via Gizmodo . Related: Game on , Games become jobs , Boomeranged Metaphors , Simulating old nature on next nature . Thanks Jurrian.

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 …

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 …

Augmented (Hyper)Reality

Augmented (hyper)Reality offers a glimpse of an alternate universe, with augmented reality cranked up to the next level.

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 …

Constellation

No this is not some stellar system far away. What is it then? Lets make another picture, this time with the flashlight on... ...and we learn the small universe is comprised by LED …

CosmoCosmetics

Things that make us feel and look good. Branded nature? Created by Russian design agency Firma .

Drive in Wheel

The Drive in Wheel is an unique and spectacular giant wheel made especially for cars. The wheel is 100 feet high and takes four cars on one trip. City sightseeing has never been …

First man infected with computer virus

Doctor gets chip. Chip gets virus. Virus infects other devices... Dalek shoots doctor? Dr. Mark Gasson of Reading University implanted a RFID chip under his skin last year. It is …

MyWebwill.com – Serving your last online wishes

We live an increasing amount of our lives online, but what happens to our digital identity after we are gone?  Until now our blogs, photos and social network accounts have lived …

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 …

One day at the Dentist

Do you also have that feeling sometimes that your dentist is undertaking all kinds of activities in your mouth that aren't really necessary? Yet, you usually just trust the …

Polar ice gone in two days

You have only two days left to purchase your own piece of history at the MyPolarIce store in Amsterdam and express the value the polar caps have for you – in real money. €24,95 to …

Rocky Messages

These SMS-style messages scribbled into the mountains by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye , make us so humbly aware of the discrepancy between our everyday human experience and some of …

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 …

Get Vegetarian Teeth and Eat Less Meat

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

Ghosts with Shit Jobs

This trailer for the mockumentary Ghost With Shit Jobs shows a could-be-future in which the role of the West and the East is reversed. Very good timing I would say. More on: …

Incredibly Shrinking Humanity

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

Not So Horseless Carriage

Sometimes next nature breaks down and things fall back on an older nature. Luckily, this guy still had a horse around. Peculiar image of the week. Via Kottke .

Policing Genes

The genetics of the plants in your garden could become a police matter. Pharmaceutical companies are experimenting with genetically engineering plants to produce useful and …

Unboxing Artificial Intelligence

Did you know that phones were once used for calling up our (human) friends? Researching the beginning of it all, we came accross demo video's on the cloud called "internet" where …

Vroem

A flock of planes taking off, by Ho-Yeol Ryu. Peculiar image of the week.

Archaeologist Finds Ruins of 'Friendster'

Last month internet archaeologist Dr Maxwell Fry stumbled upon the perfectly preserved ruins of an online community called 'Friendster'. Remember, that predecessor of Facebook, …

Featured Page #03: Tomorrow’s Fossils

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

IKEA Lamp Catches Elephantiasis Virus

Have you heard of Elephantiasis? It is a disease caused by microscopic parasitic worms that cause a thickening of the skin and underlying tissues. The disease typically occurs in …

Anti-BP Diseased Dolphin Ride

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

Death Watch Marks the Time of Your Life

Tikker, the watch that counts down your life, shows the amount of time you are estimated to have left.

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

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

Hurricane Naming System

#t=103 Since 1948 the World Meteorological Organisation has been naming hurricanes and tropical storms. "ANDREW", "SANDY", "IVAN", "KATRINA", to name a few. But what did these …

Jason Silva and the Dawn of Nanotech

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

"News Machine" Illustrates the Effects of Media Distortion

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

Our Electronics, 100 Years Later

An artist envisions our consumer electronics in a century, moss-covered and half-decayed.

The Fist Bump Manifesto

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

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 …

When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

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

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

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

Age of Internet Empires

A map of the most visited websites in each country. Google or Facebook, which one will conquer the world?

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.

Blue Is The New Green

A new nextnatural homemade meme.

Building a Boat with Marine Plastic Trash

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

Divine Nature

Photographer Holly Wilmeth seeks to capture the encounter between women and nature, symbolized into animal form.

How Google Maps Solves Borders Issues

Google Maps drew up three different topographical plans of Crimea: one for visitors from Ukraine, another one for Russian users; and the third on the international version of the …

In Suburbia Anything Can Happen

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

Living in the Forest in the 21st Century

Portraits of people who live alone in the forest.

Marine Plastic Creatures

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

Miracles Happen… Again

Miracles in the digital era.

Modern Society Contradictions

Pawel Kuczynski portraits the contradictions of today’s world.

Next Nature Emergency Blanket

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

Painting the Anthropocene

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

Professions Of The Future

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

Save the Humans - Call for Quotes

For our new book "Save the Human" we invite you to submit quotes that question the autonomy of mankind in the digital computer era and study the future of the independent creative spirit.

Technology Costs Evolution

Producing an iPhone in 1991 would have cost 3,56 million of dollars.

The Flying Car

From automobile to airplane: the flying car is built to travel as easily on the road as in the sky.

The Self-Portrait of the Digital Age

The series Museum of Selfies combines the original art of portraiture with its modern counterpart, the the smartphone self-portrait.

Three Points in Support of In Vitro Meat

The top three aspects why people should support cultured meat.

Timeline Of The Far (not so bright) Future

BBC predicts the far future.

To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

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

Visualizing the Tropes of 'Climate Fiction'

Climate fiction has gone from a once-fringe genre to a standard literary device, it acts as a barometer of our own ecological anxieties.

What Is This Strange Device?

Kids try to figure out what the "prehistoric" Walkman is and how it works.

Art Experiment Allows to Kill with a Click

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

Beautiful Wallpapers Created with Vaccine

Created by Vik Muniz and Tal Danino, Flowers uses livers cells treated with smallpox vaccine in order to create floral patterns.

Do Kids Know Where Dinner Comes From?

Swimming salmon fillets confuse educate children about where dinner comes from.

Diseases Of The Future

Nowadays humans suffer from diseases that didn't exist in the past, a trend that will probably continue into the future. A wide range of new disorders, especially related to the …

Fast Food = Lower Test Scores

The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a study suggests.

Hacking And Controlling Cars Remotely

Two American hackers have been working on hacking cars to takeover full control of vehicles.

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.

Junk Food or Tobacco?

An article about the future position of junk food.

Order Anything with Amazon's Button

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

Puppy Delivery Drones

3 Million Dogs released a funny video, which shows puppies delivered by drones.

If a Robot Buys XTC on the Dark Web, Who is Responsible?

The Random Darknet Shopper, with bitcoin to burn, has purchased counterfeit jeans, master keys, dodgy cigs and even a bag of ecstasy tablets. Who is legally liable?

Should We Fear Thinking Machines?

It seems thinking machines could put the human race in danger. How realistic these fears are?

Surveillance Gulls

Surveillance cameras pose like a flock of seagulls on a rock in Czech artist Jakub Geltner's latest work.

What if Humans Disappeared?

What could happen if humans would just disappear?

When Was the Last Time you Were Bored?

The Bored and Brilliant project asks people to measure their smartphone use take some conscious steps to limit the digital interactions.

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

Begging ghetto blasters in Utrecht are making you question poverty.

The Smell of Global Economy

The Pollution Pods installation replicates the smell and air quality of five different urban environments, forming the smell of a global economy.

'Listen' to your genetic heritage: Curate a playlist based on your DNA

Genealogy services have exploded over the past few years, and Spotify is capitalizing on the boom by providing curated playlist based on users’ DNA. Here's what you should know. …

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

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

Genetically engineered plants do it better

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

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

by Richard Brautigan (1968) I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammels and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure …

Animatus

A new series of works by artist Hyungkoo Lee called "Animatus" features hand-fabricated skeletons of cartoon characters along with detailed anatomical drawings. According to the …

Biojewellery

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

Biotech Hobbyist Magazine

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

Datafountain: Money translated to water

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

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 …

Eternal Sunset

Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different …

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

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

Grow Your Own 1up Mushroom Kit

Deep in the basement of an ancient house in Sonobe (tucked in the fields of Kyoto, Japan), an amazing discovery has been made: real 1up Mushrooms . The seller claims that eating …

Growing a Hidden Architecture

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

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 …

Plant Sensors

One day you will step into the garden to look at the flowers - and the flowers will look back at you. Rich Fletcher, Nikolai Slavov, and Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Tangible Media …

Save our Next Nature! Buy the book

A critical and visual take on culturally emerged Nature. Full of statements from designers and thinkers from around the globe. Wild systems, Genetic Surprises, Calm Technology, …

Wifi SM: Feel the global pain

You have the impression that the disasters of the world do not touch you anymore? You feel vaguely sorry for other people's misfortunes but you don't feel the inner urge which …

Wildgruen

Mandy Meißner's "Wildgruen", a plant that can move and communicate. In her view, plants need to be freed from their isolation, both in the way that they can only lean towards the …

Wine making = Math

Enologix makes software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made. It claims that wine quality can be measured chemically, and a score assessed, much …

Bisected Brontosaurus in a Water-Filled Case

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

Bleeding till Death

Flowers start dying from the moment they're being cut. We try to keep them alive as long as possible by giving them water, sunlight and feeding them. But all of a sudden they …

Botanicalls: The Plants have your Number

Botanicalls is a system that allows plants to call their owner when they need more (or less) sunlight or water. It works by placing moisture and light sensors in plants and then …

Die Hard - Vilcus plug dactyloadapter

Many people get a kick out of a direct contact with AC power supply. To that end, people normally use U-shaped fragments of bare wire, paper clips or even usual metal forks. All …

Dishmaker

This "printer" is all about creating, storing and recycling householdproducts on demand. link | video

Fake for Real: Walking Leaf

Almost by default, we associate simulation with modern media: games and virtual reality. But what about the Phyllium giganteum ? It is not a leaf but an insect disguised as one. …

First A4 colour e-paper unfurled

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

FishBowl - Ready made Meal

After cooking lobsters alive, picking your own living fish in a restaurant and serving your rabbit for Christmas dinner, now comes a wonderful new creation: the FishBoil. This …

Grass Wheel

If you've gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy being good little hamsters that we never have face time with green space. A group of …

Hyper Animals

No no, don't worry! These hypernatural animals aren't the genetic surprise of some mad scientist, it is artist Sarina Brewer resampling, remixing and stitching together her Custom …

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 …

iBiogenetics

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

Peach Nipple Handbags and Shoes

Artist Nicola Costantino creates objects that comment on the meat and leather industries. In the surrealist tratdition, these handbags and shoes are imprinted with tiny images of …

The Tissue Engineered Meat of Tomorrow

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

Tulip Island - Design a Polder

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

French USB wine

Remember the article N is for Nature , describing the Californian company Enologix, which creates software to predict how wine critics will rate a wine, so that it can be produced …

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 …

Who wants to drive in a Fish?

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

Feelings Translated to Plants

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

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 …

Clear Blue Sky

Who likes clouds anyway? Especially for the people still living in the suburbs of Venray (small town in the Netherlands), artist Helmut Smits made this billboard depicting a clear …

Composting Bottle

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

Fake for Real: Dolly, the Cloned Sheep

Remember Dolly, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult somatic cell? Her birth was announced in 1997. People tend to see clones as exact copies of the originals, …

Flying Penguins

Last week, the BBC reported a colony of penguins that had gained the ability to fly (video) . The penguins were reported to fly thousands of miles and spend the winter in the …

Honeycomb vase

This Honeycomb vase was made from a vase-shaped hive that 40.000 bees colonized for one week, building a hexagonal comb to encompass the existing form. Created by Studio Libertiny …

Let the plants do the dirty work.

Mathieu Lehanneur created a plant-powered indoor filtration system, that pulls in filthy air to be processed through a plant's leaves, roots, and humidity, reintroducing purified …

Man made Sun

The photo of this 'man made sun' was taken on July, 8, 1956 during a Apache H-bomb test on Eniwetok atoll. In 1963, health concerns about radioactive fallout led to a ban on …

Meet the Worms, Viruses and Trojans

Now there is an interesting biomimicmarketing technique we had not seen before. For their new marketing campaign internet security company Messagelabs worked with digital artist …

Recycled Books

A lot of dead books were used to make this piece of tree trunk. By Jacqueline Rush Lee | Related: Modernistic Tree | Modernistic Chair

Search Engine

"Google has stationed approximately a million computers worldwide to be able to process the 40 billion searches per month. One search request uses as much energy as a low-energy …

The Blogging Houseplant

Meet midori-san ,  the first blogging houseplant! Through sensors connected to the leaves of this Sweetheart Hoya reads bioelectric currents through the plant, this gives …

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 …

The Order Electrus

"Nature adapts, even to human actions that seem to destroy everything. The amazing power of evolution has given birth to a new species of insect. Their ideal habitats are old …

Cyborg Insects

Scientists at the University of California created a neural implant for a beetle that gives them wireless control over the insect. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes …

Egg improvements

Since it is Sunday, let's have a genetically photoshopped egg with a handy integrated eggholder. Not sure if these should be mass produced (if possible): Too painful for the …

Fresh from the Pharm

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

Freshness Label

Japanese design agency To-Genkyo proposes a dynamic freshness label for meat products. The hourglass-shaped label contains special ink that changes color based on the amount of …

How biotech will drive our evolution

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

Human Landscape

Our peculiar image of the week was created by artist Levi van Veluw , who reinvents the classical fine art of landscape painting, by moving from the traditional 'oil on canvas' to …

Hyper Fruit

Imaginary advertizement for genetically engineered hybrid hyperfruits featuring an 'limwi', 'kiwange' and a 'strawblackberry'. Imagine a taste of things to come. Makes you want to …

Lab creates fake DNA evidence

DNA evidence has been the most bulletproof evidence for forensic sciences in recent years. Not anymore. A laboratory at Nucleix, a life-sciences company, has demonstrated it is …

Laptop Pillow

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

Next Nest

When a bird builds a nest, we call it nature, but when a human puts up an apartment building, suddenly it’s culture? As if the dividing line between nature and culture wasn't …

Plant Plays First-Person Shooter

After the plant that glows when thirsty , the plant that calls when thirsty , the dataplant , plantvertizing , the emphatic plant and the blogging houseplant , there is now a …

Tattooed Goldfishes

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

The Modernist agenda uncovered

Peculiar image of the week. Created by Merijn Bolink .

Wifi Dowsing Rod

Today's technology advances so rapidly that people are often unable to update their media schemas in time and as a result are left cluelessly in awe of it all. Mike Thompson's …

Half Life

Meet the next species. Director David Lea's wondrous fantasy of remixed biodiversity after nuclear meltdown. Made for Greenpeace.

Self Catching Fish

Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood's Hole, Massachusetts, are testing a plan to train fish to catch themselves by using a sound broadcast to attract them into …

Blue, Belgian and Beefy

The Belgian Blue is a unique cattle breed that was developed quite accidentally in the late 1800s. An chance mutation lead the cattle to develop 'double muscling,' which occurs …

How To Grow Your Own Sneaker

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

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

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

A Jewel That Stops You From Checking Your Phone

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

Bugs Paintings: Mixing Art and Science

Painter Stephen R. Kutcher uses different insects to create unique paintings.

Cosmos Tourism

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

You Can Be the Avatar by 2040

Although it still is a theory, nanotechnology might enable us to control the elements, except fire.

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.

The return of Rayfish Footwear?

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