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Fake-for-Real

Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps

The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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Bistro In Vitro to Be Launched

Inspired by the award winning In Vitro Meat Cookbook, Next Nature Network and Submarine Channel present Bistro In Vitro: an online design fiction documentary about the future of meat, with a virtual restaurant as its main platform.

Save the date! The world’s first in vitro meat restaurant website is launched on May 6. If you are in Amsterdam, come and join us at the inauguration of Bistro In Vitro. During the event, we will launch the website, show a premiere of the documentary, present the project and discuss the potential of lab-grown meat.

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Humane-Technology

Speculative Sensing at WDCD 2015

On may 21st, Next Nature Network art director Hendrik-Jan Grievink will host a workshop around the idea of Speculative Sensing: exploring the potential of senses found in nature and fiction, such as echolocation, infrared sight or telepathy. The workshop will be held during the 5th edition of What Design Can Do, an international event about the impact of design.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Augmented-Bodies

A Tiny Trackpad That Fits on Your Nail

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that could easily fit on your finger nail. The prototype, named NailO, resembles sticker nail arts used as fashion accessory. The wireless tool allows the user to control any device by running their finger over the trackpad.

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Augmented-Bodies

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells.

The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades.

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