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Join the Artificial Womb Workshop

NNN is currently researching the concept, societal impact and challenges of the artificial womb. The goal of this project is to develop thought-provoking scenarios that facilitate a much-needed discussion on the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. Want to know more? Join the Artificial Womb workshop at Border Sessions, on June 28 in The Hague, to build new narratives around assisted reproductive technologies, explore new cultures and craft your own piece of design fiction.

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orange petunias
Hypernature

Orange Petunias Banned in Europe

You would be surprised to hear that planting orange petunias is illegal. While at first this might sound like one of the most useless laws, there is a good reason behind it. Let’s start by saying that petunias simply cannot get that orange color naturally.

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Augmented Bodies

Smell of Data Episode 3: Warning Mechanism

Tune in for the third episode of Smell of Data: Leanne Wijnsma‘s documentary on the search for a more instinctive Internet. Today we are exploring the sense of smell as a warning mechanism. We will look back at the development of the smell of gas and how we are trained to recognize such odor as a potential hazard. We will also pay a visit to the harbor of Rotterdam, where so-called “e-noses” are employed to detect toxic fumes. Missed the previous episodes? Watch them here.

Suburban Utopia

Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

Wind power is an excellent source of clean energy. The use of large wind turbines is growing worldwide and the demand continues to increase. That’s why the Scottish government proposed to build a windfarm of 335 turbines in the waters of the North Sea, a few miles off Scotland’s east coast. It could have brought jobs and more clean energy and be beneficial to everyone, except for one group: birds.

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Polluted Beach
Plastic Planet

Plastic Beach

Sadly, at first glance, this image may not be that peculiar, it seems like another polluted beach after spring break. Nevertheless this picture was taken in Henderson Island, a remote uninhabited UNESCO World Heritage site in Polynesia. Yet another example of how plastic is affecting places where few humans have ever set their feet.

Via Dr. Jennifer Lavers

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Homunculus
Artificial Womb

1537 – Homunculus: the Semi-Human

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.

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