Author: Abby Qin

Hypernature

Horizontal Trees

Biologist Alina Schick developed trees that grow sideways, instead of growing upwards. Called GraviPlant, these plants seem to challenge the force of gravity indeed. Schick used a clever trick to make that happen and she hopes this unusual technique will become a new way to go green in the city.

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Back to the Tribe

Feeding the World with Insects

As the human population rises, the world is running out of resources to feed the animals we raise for food. Should we make a next step in what we serve at the table? What about insects? Would you give them a try?

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Designed-by-Evolution

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

How do you feel when you get stuck in the traffic jam? Have you ever fantasized about escaping to another space? An innovative solution to a better way for transportation has been proposed by NASA Space Act company skyTran: an autonomous, high-speed, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

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Food Technology

Junk Food or Tobacco?

Unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco. Just as the world came together to regulate the risk of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diet must now be agreed.

Here is an article from the opening address of the sixtieth session of The World Health Organization’s Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, about the future position of junk food.

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Biomimicmarketing

Biomimicry in Action

We live in a world that is already designed! An inspiring topic about recent developments in biomimicry, American natural sciences writer Janine Benyus gave a talk on how nature influenced our future.

She provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already playing a part in determining the products, technology and systems we build. Video via TED.

Brand Territory

Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market

In the 21st century, where we are surrounded by huge amounts of data, it was almost inevitable to turn design preferences towards simplicity and less information overload. With this in mind, in 2010 the multidisciplinary design consultancy Antrepo Team created a project named Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market. Their goal is to meditate on the most desirable and simplistic packaging and labeling of well-known supermarket products.

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