With as much as 16 pilot projects in the making, sponge cities are a booming business in China. Their philosophy is simple: cities should contribute to solving water related problems instead of causing them. But how does this work?
We are delighted that the ECO coin has been selected as one of the top 30 ideas for the ASN Bank World Prize, the award that has been running since 2008 and focuses on projects contributing to the preservation of society. With no less than 245 entries judges on the look out for innovation, feasibility, impact and completeness. In addition to training, coaching and spreading the word, the top 30 ideas are also now in the running to win the final prize of 45.000 euros. Wish us luck!
To find out more about the ECO coin please visit ecocoin.com.
Technology has always been part of our lives. It began with a spear, a stone ax or a bearskin as a winter coat. But our attachment to it seems to grow every day. How far do we allow technology to go? And how close to our body can it get?
What would you like to learn from your DNA? Which sleep pattern fits you best? Or what traits did you inherit from a Neanderthal? Thanks to a new “app store for your genome” called Helix you can digitally explore your genetic code by downloading different applications on your computer or smartphone.
A horse can run faster than a human, yet nobody claims horses will make mankind dispensable. When a man rides a horse and the two work together, something new happens. Then, what about robots? Are robots a new species we can work together with? Welcome to HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots.
Do you ever wonder what bees talk about amongst themselves? A beehive is a very busy home, and gossip must spread fast. But what kind of information can we take from that buzz of conversation? With the help of a new monitoring system, a Canadian researcher is hoping to find out.
Are you yearning for real connection? Are you longing for sanctuary with nature? Are you willing to embrace the Earth as your lover? These questions set the right mood to introduce the first part of The Sex Spectrum, a seven part series to explore alternative sexual cultures and challenge the social and cultural dominant dimensions. First up is ecosexuality, a growing movement rooted in art and activism at the intersection of sexuality and ecology. Additionally, some consider ecosexuality their sexual identity, in which the biosphere becomes their lover.
Forget fabric and stitches, think about a 3D printed dress adorned with embedded proximity and respiration sensors, wireless bio-signals connected to an Intel Edison platform and microcontrollers. Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht brings the garment and the wearer together thanks to an electronic couture with a futurist twist. Thirty-two-year-old currently living in New York, since the early 2000s she has been working on wearables, combining fashion design with engineering, robotics, science and interaction-user experience.
We met Anouk during the Fashion Week of Milan, where tonight she is going to give a lecture at Meet The Media Guru, the Italian platform that invites innovators from all over the world to share their ideas and projects (you can follow the event online). We talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.