a replicate female period on a computer chip
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Female Menstrual Cycle on a Computer Chip

The female reproductive complex is a truly complicated system made of organs and changing hormones that can seem quite obscure at times, even to a woman herself. Recently scientists managed to reproduce the entire menstrual cycle in the laboratory for the first time ever. All on a computer chip of the size of a hand, visually not resembling anything we carry in our body.

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Letter to Humanity in 25 Languages, Plus One!

Last Saturday we globally celebrated Earth Day and shared our Letter to Humanity with the world. Available in over twenty-five languages, we called on our readers to share, copy, translate and further distribute the letter. However, “amongst all languages, one version was sadly missing” wrote us Gijs Ockeloen, who provided a translation in Morse Code. “Please make this important message accessible to the shrinking but not yet extinct morse-community!” he asked. Ockeloen worked as a telegraphist for the Royal Netherlands Army in 1979, where he learned to communicate with Morse Code. We thank Gijs for his contribution and gladly share his Letter to Humanity version. Is your language missing? Send your translation, we will add it with your name on lettertohumanity.org.

The BBC is using robotic animal spies to capture wildlife.
Manufactured Animals

Robotic Animal Spies

Behold a new breed of robotic animal spies (not to be mistaken with real animal spies). Developed by the BBC to capture wildlife, these ” anatomic spy creatures” use computerized motors to mimic the natural movement of their real-life counterparts and blend into their newly adopted habitats on a mission to capture animal emotions.

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Letter to Humanity

The Letter to Humanity is addressed to all 7 billion people on Earth and available in twenty-five languages. It encourages a new perspective on the role of humanity on Earth. The letter urges humans not to be slaves or victims of technology, but to use technology to enhance humanity.

Dear Humanity,

It feels strange writing you a letter, I admit. Letters are generally addressed to an individual or a limited group of people. It’s unusual to write to humanity as a whole. You don’t even have a postal address, and I doubt you get much correspondence. Still, I thought it was time I wrote.

Obviously, I realise I can’t possibly reach you completely – if only because humanity not only consists of every person who’s alive right now but also of everyone who’s ever lived. That’s an estimated 107 billion people. And then there are all the others who haven’t been born yet – hopefully there will be a great many of them. I’ll return to that later, but before we talk about the future, I’d like to look back.

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Human Wanted: Production Intern

We are looking for a Production Intern (Dutch speaker) to join our studio in Amsterdam. As a creative producer, you will work on the development of HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. Next to that, you will make sure the production of the different NNN projects run smoothly and you will give your support during festivals, exhibitions, lectures and more. Our projects range from a virtual reality experience to a mobile ice cart that serves meat ice cream and a supermarket from the future, all created to steer a debate on our future – in which nature and technology are fusing. Find more info about the role here.

Today we globally celebrate Earth Day.
Next Nature

Happy Earth Day!

Today we globally celebrate Earth Day. What better occasion to read and share the Letter to Humanity written for all of us by NNN director Koert van Mensvoort? Humanity is at a crossroads, there are two paths along which our relationship with technology can develop: a dream or a nightmare. That’s why the Letter to Humanity urges us, humans, not to be slaves or victims of our own technology, but rather to use it to enhance our life on this planet.

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