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Next Nature Gift Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again. The season of gift giving is upon us and to help out those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone we have brought together a collection of Next Nature inspired gifts. Whether you need something for a family member addicted to tech, or an older eco hippy relative we’ve got you covered. Please enjoy our Next Nature gift guide 2016.

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Plastic Planet

Eating Plastic or Krill: a Smelly Story for Birds

On of the evidences of the Anthropocene is plastic pollution, which in particular affects oceans and marine ecosystems. However, plastics not only accumulate in the seas. You can also find it undigested in the stomach of birds. Why birds are not able to choose between eating a fresh fish or the cap of a plastic bottle? Well, if you wait long enough plastic starts to smell like bird food.

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

Ecosexuality: Make the Biosphere Your Lover

Are you yearning for real connection? Are you longing for sanctuary with nature? Are you willing to embrace the Earth as your lover? These questions set the right mood to introduce the first part of The Sex Spectrum, a seven part series to explore alternative sexual identities and challenge the social and cultural dominant dimensions. First up is ecosexuality, a growing movement rooted in art and activism at the intersection of sexuality and ecology. Additionally, some consider ecosexuality their sexual identity, in which the biosphere becomes their lover.

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Wild Systems

Disney Lights Up the Sky with 300 Drones

With New Years Eve coming up, it is time to talk about the future of firework. Disney World Orlando changed this ancient Chinese tradition to start the new year with a bang. When dusk falls over the entertainment complex, hundreds of luminous drones take off, replacing their regular fireworks show.

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Information Decoration

Australia Moves Too Fast for GPS

Australia isn’t where you think it is! The continent is moving seven centimeters (2.75 inches) up northwards each year. From 1994, when the current coordinates of Australia were set, the land has shifted 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). It might not seem like a big deal, but it is still enough to disrupt global navigation satellite systems, putting Australia out of sync. This affects GPS, meteorologists, automated cars and even drones. For example, without updating the GPS, a delivery drone will leave the package at your neighbor’s house, instead of yours.

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Anthropocene

Holland Before the Dikes

Oh no! What do we have here? A map of The Netherlands with all its major cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Almere – flooded and vanished into the ocean. Must be a speculative rendering of what happens when climate change kicks in and ocean levels rise. Is this our future? Think again, this is what some historians believe our past was, long before people started building dikes in the lowlands.

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Augmented Bodies

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Notorious for being “the Frankenstein of design”, transdisciplinary designer Agi Haines‘ work investigates the potential of our body as a raw material for our engineering fantasies and speculates on the impact of biomedical technologies on the human form. Through the production of realistic sculptures, Haines challenges the societal acceptance of technologically-driven bodies and questions “how our morbid curiosity for the viscera of life might affect the future of design, not only for the environment but also for us”, as she puts it. We recently spoke with her about body modification, science fiction, medical futures and more.

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