Suburban Utopia

Enlisting Eagles to Take Down Drones

An eagle clutching a flying drone is probably not a scene that you see everyday, unless you live in the Netherlands. That’s right, because to defend the safety of citizens, the Dutch police launched an experimental program to test if it is possible to use eagles or other predatory birds to efficiently seize with the maximum promptness any drone out of control or driven a bit too unscrupulously by the owners.

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Manufactured Landscapes

The Largest Solar Power Plant in the World

Lately Japan is facing an energy and space crisis. It’s been several years since the disaster of Fukushima and looks like Japanese people are still undecided on where to draw the energy they need. Despite the tragedy the government did not retreat from the nuclear path, but on the other hand investments in clean technologies are growing. An example is the new ambitious project of the floating photovoltaic system of Kyocera Solar TC Yakamura that will lie on the waters of a dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.

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Plastic Planet

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. Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, explained: “Plastics were more or less unknown to our grandparents, when they were children. But now, they are indispensible to our lives”.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Food Technology

How We Domesticated Food

We tend to believe that the fruit and the vegetables we eat today are “natural” and the same as they always were. It turns out that in the past this familiar food didn’t look like this at all. Its genetics was modified over time by humans, we did this for centuries.

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Next Nature

Who Deserves to Earn an ECO Coin?

Over the next few years, Next Nature Network aims to initiate the ECO coin, a new currency that expresses ecological value. People who do good for the environment should earn ECO coins for their work. Just like other currencies, such as the Dollar, Euro and even the Bitcoin, the ECO coin has a rate of exchange that fluctuates along with the necessity of protecting vulnerable ecologies – like the rain forest or the coral reef.

It will take research and time before the ECO coin can be implemented. Meanwhile, we want to celebrate the heroes that today already deserve this ECO Coin. Last year the first symbolic Eco Coin was handed to Yoyo Yogasmana. Yoyo received the Eco Coin for his work in Indonesia for transferring his knowledge on growing more than 130 rice varieties without the use of insecticides, to the digital domain.

Call for Ecological Heroes
This year we are going to hand over a second Eco Coin! Anyone who adds value to the ecological nature, is qualified. Do you know someone who would really deserve an Eco-Coin? Please email ‘who’ and ‘why’ to ecocoin@nextnature.net. Nominations can be sent until the 31th of March.

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Hypernature

4D Printing Inspired by Nature

Scientists at Harvard University have developed a method to shape-shift 4D-printed structures that could one day help heal wounds and be used in robotic surgical tools. To reach this point they mimicked the behavior of orchids, calla lilies and other flowers, especially how they bend and twist.

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