Fake Nature

These robotic flowers are attracting bees

It is trying its very best to stay hidden: but would you be fooled by its fake nature? This synthetic pollinizer, a conceptual project by artist Michael Candy, may intuitively repel us if we found it in our ‘natural’ flower fields, but it has been successful at attracting bees. These robotic flowers may serve to further the pollination by bees, while keeping them safe from pesticides. Save the bees! Peculiar image of the week.

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Wild Systems

Interview Mark Wigley: “We are living in an ecology of antenna”

With the invention of the radio antenna in the late 19th century, we became a different species: Introducing the human insect. A species, able to communicate across oceans using far-reaching antennae abilities, residing inside a shared, yet networked space. With this in mind, we recently sat down with architectural theorist, scholar, and author Mark Wigley, on his latest curated exhibition, The Human Insect.

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The bananaphone, part deux

Feeding our decades old bananaphone kidsplay, Nokia just reintroduced their banana phone. Once again, this shows that Nature is the most successful product of our time. We call this phenomenon Bio-mimic-marketing: using images of nature to market a product. Peculiar image of the week.

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In conversation with Teresa van Dongen, biodesigner exploring natural forms of artificial light

There was a time when flipping the switch, and seeing a glass bulb light up, was magical to anyone in the world. Today, the presence of a light switch in a room, is something intuitive, and perhaps even taken for granted. We spoke with Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen, who uses living organisms to power her lights. Having such a ‘living lamp’, means you’ll be taking care of small ecosystems of bacteria. In exchange, they will give you light.

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Next Nature baby care

Babies’ needs aren’t complex. And yet, they are. Over the years, parents have found some tricks to ease their babies as well as themselves. Taking a baby for a drive to make them sleepy, for example. Very inconvenient if the parent needs some sleep as well. With today’s technology, caring for a newborn should be a breeze. Here are some baby care products to make the life of babies and parents a little more… next nature.

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Suburban Utopia

How this self-sustainable microhome may change the future of housing

Looking for a self-sustainable mobile microhome? Ecocapsule got you covered. This cute-as-pie capsule pod allows you to live completely off the grid in a low-energy, mobile dwelling, packed into a compact egg-shaped form. And now, it’s finally possible to pre-order one, as the Slovak company has just launched the production of their first series of self-sustainable pods, and we were curious to hear what’s next.

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