Over the next few years, Next Nature Network aims to initiate the ECO coin, a new currency that expresses ecological value. People who do good for the environment should earn ECO coins for their work. Just like other currencies, such as the Dollar, Euro and even the Bitcoin, the ECO coin has a rate of exchange that fluctuates along with the necessity of protecting vulnerable ecologies – like the rain forest or the coral reef.
It will take research and time before the ECO coin can be implemented. Meanwhile, we want to celebrate the heroes that today already deserve this ECO Coin. Last year the first symbolic Eco Coin was handed to Yoyo Yogasmana. Yoyo received the Eco Coin for his work in Indonesia for transferring his knowledge on growing more than 130 rice varieties without the use of insecticides, to the digital domain.
Call for Ecological Heroes
This year we are going to hand over a second Eco Coin! Anyone who adds value to the ecological nature, is qualified. Do you know someone who would really deserve an Eco-Coin? Please email ‘who’ and ‘why’ to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations can be sent until the 31th of March.
Scientists at Harvard University have developed a method to shape-shift 4D-printed structures that could one day help heal wounds and be used in robotic surgical tools. To reach this point they mimicked the behavior of orchids, calla lilies and other flowers, especially how they bend and twist.
Garbage dumps may not be very attractive places for us but they sure are for animals. A study published in Science Advances shows how certain groups of storks modified (and significantly shortened) their usual migration routes to pay a visit to landfills.
Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.
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?
How to monitor the effects of El Niño? The Nature Conservancy wants to take advantage of the massive image production that can be collected using smartphones and drones. From this month they are asking tech enthusiasts to capture the flooding and coastal erosion caused by El Niño. The idea is that crowd-sourced, geotagged images of storm surges and flooded beaches will give scientists a brief window into what the future holds as sea levels rise for global warming.
In this robotic century what we should ask ourselves: What happens to robots that are no longer needed? A group of researchers from the IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) is thinking about this issue and is researching different options. They are developing materials based on nanotechnology to allow these machines to decompose at the end of their life.
Witchcraft is definitely not the first thing we think of when we have a problem with modern technology. Silicon Valley companies though don’t seem to think this way. They recently employed a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic possessions.
The concept of using our rooftops to produce green, renewable energy for our houses is already very common if we look at solar panels. Now an international team of scientists is researching into the idea of carpeting roofs with plastic grass-like material instead. The plastic blades would be used as miniature wind turbines able to generate wind power for the home.
Sight is a skill we often take for granted. However not everyone has this ability. Today around 314 million people suffer from sight impairment. We rarely take into account their relationship with technology that, if we think about it, is not simple. The use of smartphones and tablets is extremely difficult for a visually impaired person, and impossible for a person suffering from blindness. But this could change in the near future.