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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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” diameters (4.5 mm, 6.9 mm, 5.8 mm) that are selected by altering the temperature.

The researchers propose applications in the medical domain: “a handy oval shape for insertion, then a fully inflated round shape for temporary use inside a blood vessel, duct or other cylindrical organ, and lastly, a compressed cylindrical shape for easy removal.”

All good.. but I want my dynamic furniture! Could this be an enabling technology?

via: boingboing.

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