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How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by making good and sustainable actions towards nature.

We are talking about an alternative currency that could contribute to solve the current environmental crisis. This project by Next Nature Network was presented at the Border Sessions International Festival in The Hague. Twenty people with different backgrounds gathered to participate to a workshop on the possible introduction of the ECO coin in our culture.

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Space Archeologist Unlocks Secrets of Ancient Civilizations

Sarah Parcak is a pioneering “satellite archaeologist” from University of Alabama, a sort of Indiana Jones with 21st century tech. She has been awarded the 2016 TED Prize for her work applying infrared imagery from satellites to help locate ancient sites lost in time. Her revolutionary methods helped her discover ancient cities and astonishing sites around the world, but especially in Egypt, where she came across 17 unknown pyramids, more than 1000 tombs and 3100 settlements.

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Seaweed Farms to Solve the Problem of Ocean Acidification

By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our oceans. The massive production of CO2 is causing ocean acidification, and the results are frightening.

Researches on this matter are quite recent and very difficult to get into, especially because it is impossible to study acidification in isolation; the results may vary depending on the amount of sunlight, temperature and the presence of oxygen. Nevertheless it has been proven that the impact on marine faune is devastating, especially for the formation of shells and coral reefs.

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Wild Systems

Jazz-Playing Robot Challenges Human-Computer Interactions

The relations between human beings and robots are reaching a whole new level, and this program is the living proof, researchers say. The name of this new project is MUSICA (Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), and its purpose is to come up with a musical robot able to improvise a jazz solo in response to an actual person performing jazz.

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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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First Testings of Google’s Project Loon Announced

Project Loon, the plan launched by Google two years ago to bring the Internet in remote areas of the globe through balloons, could be operative in India and Indonesia soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. We already presented the project a few years ago when Google announced it, but recently they revealed their intention to provide internet connection in Indonesia thanks to Project Loon.

Their aim is to connect more than 100 million people in a cheap, new and sustainable way, in a territory where only one person on three is able to profit of a network.

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Wild Systems

Stewart Helps People to Trust Self-Driving Car

The car used to be a symbol of freedom. The steering wheel allowed us to choose direction and drive where-ever we wanted. The self-driving car will change this. We’ll regain the freedom to do whatever we want – drink alcohol and use smartphones – while driving, but we have to give away a little control. Not everyone can accept this easily, Stewart could help people to get used to giving more control to the car.

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How Technology is Becoming More and More Sensitive

Over the past decade scientists have tried to get technology surfaces to be as sensitive as our skin, especially as our fingertips. Human tact is a very sophisticate interface between us and the external world. It is incredibly sensitive and allows us to immediately store information about the reality that surrounds us on different levels, such as pressure, temperature and texture. Researchers in Korea are now experimenting a compress electronic skin able to multitasks, like the human one, feeling temperature, pressure and sound (sound is air pressure, after all), all at once.

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