Author: Dr Natural

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Hay Baling Fun

It is a widespread belief that, contrary to people living in urban areas, farmers have a strong connection with ‘nature’. One seriously starts to doubt that after watching this peculiar video. Thanks…

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Augmented-Bodies

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain. In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

China limits use of ‘virtual’ currencies

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By DAVID BARBOZA

SHANGHAI — China made public on Tuesday regulations aimed at cracking down on the use of virtual currencies amid worries that a huge underground economy was developing out of the country’s online gaming community.

The rules, issued jointly by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Culture in Beijing, could deal a blow to the country’s fast-growing online gaming industry.

Beijing said the regulations would curtail trading in virtual currencies, prevent online gambling and restrict virtual currency from being exchanged for cash or used to buy real goods.

Among other things, Chinese officials have worried that online currencies could ultimately serve as an alternative to China’s official currency, the renminbi, and have an impact on the country’s financial system.

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Fake-nature

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and the attempt…

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Anthropomorphobia

Anthropomorphic 3d webcam

This new 3D webcam with two cameras spaced approximately as far apart as human eyes is our anthropomorphic object of the week. Can you feel it, watching you? The little brother sends…

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Made-to-debate

Phone of the future

Comic relief for the weekend. The Sumsing Turbo 3000 has it all. Commercial spoof of a cellphone with many functions by Groen Brothers. Related: Excuse me, Is Your Tooth Ringing?, My latest…

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Biomimicmarketing

Apple Salad

Tasty realization of the classic Apple rainbow logo, made entirely out of fresh fruit. The clever creation was made by Richard Thomas from sliced kiwis, bananas, oranges, strawberries, green and red grapes…

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On-the-Road

Pondering the Future

Peculiar image of the week. Langley researcher Elton W. Miller stands poised in the Propeller Research Tunnel, as if pondering the future of aviation in this image from mid-1927. Image credit: Nasa.…

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Genetic-surprises

Mice cloned from freezer – Mammoths next?

Is the second coming of the woolly mammoth near? Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), who have successfully cloned mice from carcasses that spent years in a deep…

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Fake-nature

Mario meets Magritte

Super Mario and Rene Magritte mashed up for Dadaist delight. Available as a T-shirt. See also The surrealist were telling the truth.…

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Catch and eat fishing by phone

Mobile phone fish ordering game

For mobile gamers in western Japan, a hearty seafood dinner awaits just a few key clicks away, thanks to a unique new cellphone fishing game that rewards successful players with home deliveries of fresh, real-world fish. The game — called “Ippon Zuri” (which means “pole-and-line fishing”) — was created by FIT, a Fukuoka-based system development company who teamed up with a local seafood shop.

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Digital-Presence

Get wasted in Second Life

Second Hype’s fashion industry is large and catty enough to have supermodel divas and social scandals, so it’s probably inevitable that these should be available, too: animation sets for supermodels who want…

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Anthropomorphobia

Ladybug cleans the Toilet

A bug that does the cleaning? This 1-meter (39-inch) tall, 1.35-meter (53-inch) long prototype robot ‘ named “Lady Bird” ‘ is designed to clean public restrooms at highway rest areas. It is…

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Human Tetris

A tribute to the virtual world boomeranging back to the physical world by Mega64. Or do you rather prefer the corny japanese gameshow version? Via Engadget,…

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Made-to-debate

Smoke the World

Peculiar image of the week: Smoke the World, Oil on Canvas (50×70) created by Mieke Gerritzen.…

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Biomimicmarketing

Can crushing Frog

Joyful recycling from Japan, comes this powerful frog that can crush cans! You can buy it from this Japanese store. A less whimsical can crusher can be found at Amazon for $20.…

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Hypernature

Modernistic Vaginas

The influence of modernism and its trend of thought that affirms the power of human beings to create, improve, and reshape the world, along with its clear universal style of squares and…

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Digital-Presence

Packet garden

Packet Garden is an experimental artwork that seeks to provide an alternative and accessible approach to visualizing daily internet use. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected by the software; if…

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