On Friday June 9, the annual Enactus national competition will take place in Utrecht at Jaarbeurs Media Plaza. During the whole day, thirteen student teams will showcase their social enterprises to 41 jury members, determined to secure a spot in the World Cup hosted in London later this year. Each team was challenged to come up with a concept and present it in 17 minutes to the judges to convince them of the project’s environmental impact. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be among the jury members and will give a lecture on how technology is becoming our next nature (at 17:00). What are you waiting for? Register now!
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The creation of life has always been a human fantasy. According to reports from the 16th and 17th centuries, at that time alchemists started trying to produce a fully formed miniature human body, the homunculus, from a flask.
Welcome back! Today we share the second part of Leanne Wijnsma’s search for a more instinctive Internet: Smell of Data. Last week’s episode introduced us to the concept of data leaks and the impact it has on us as a society, as a whole. This week we dive into the promise and perils of online privacy and how governments and privately-owned companies want to know everything about you. Missed the first part? Watch it here.
Try looking online for images of ‘Antarctica’ and rest assured you will have a series of enchanted pristine white landscapes presented to you on a silver platter. Well that’s about to change as rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern part of the continent over the last 50 years.
Dressed in its green uniform and proudly wearing a police hat, the first robotic officer will soon hit the streets of Dubai. It will patrol 24/7 city malls and tourist attractions, citizens will be able to use its buil-in touchscreen pad to report crimes, pay fines or just ask any question you would ask to a human police officer.
Meet Grovio, a smart and wireless assistant to add to your smart home. Using specialized sensors, Wi-Fi networks and a built-in thermometer, this white cylinder tracks the light, temperature and humidity of your surroundings, and informs you about it in real time. Did we already mention Grovio was developed for plants?
Ever wondered what future geologists will find in the Earth crust of the 20th century? Surely nuclear waste, plastic, but also a lot of fossilized chicken bones. The Pink Chicken Project wants to genetically modify chickens with pink bones and feathers in order to mark our geological age, the Anthropocene, and leave a message to the next ones to come – whoever they might be.
We warmly welcome newly appointed fellow Leanne Wijnsma to the Next Nature Network. Her award-winning project The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn Internet users from digital hazards online, was developed in partnership with NNN, and has been broadly covered by (inter)national media outlets. Exclusively for our readers, Wijnsma made a documentary series following her search for a more instinctive Internet. We will share it on nextnature.net in a five-part weekly series. Introducing part one: Digital Jungle.
Emanuel M. Greenberg identified the issues of preemies dying due to the immaturity of their organs. He designed a system hoping to help these babies live longer. In the summer of 1955 he patented his Illustration of an artificial womb.