Google Cars Sniff Out Pollution
Suburban Utopia

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Street View allows us to take a (virtual) look at almost any street in the world. Soon enough, it might also make us smell them. In partnership with Aclima, Google has been equipping its cars with various sensors designed to measure urban air pollution. Or, as Aclima CEO Davida Herzl put it: “It’s kind of like we’ve given the cars a nose”.

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Anthropocene

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Human impact on the biosphere is so massive that it triggered a new geological age, the Anthropocene. So far, we have difficulties understand the extent of the influence we have on our planet. A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

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talk with plants
Hypernature

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to have a chat with a plant? If so, make sure to visit the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

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artificial womb series
Artificial Womb

Read the Entire Artificial Womb Series

Throughout the summer season, we published a timeline series to explore medical, cultural and technological developments in relation to the ectogenesis concept. We started this research with a historical investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction. We listed the key moments in the conception of such technology throughout time, as well as related assisted reproductive technologies, with the aim to develop thought-provoking scenarios and facilitate a much-needed discussion about the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love. Did you miss it? You can still check the entire series here. Looking to contribute? We highly value your feedback or input, contributions can be sent to womb@nextnature.net.

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Wild Systems

When the Sun Casts Its Vote

Voter fraud is a major worry for any democracy, but for the federal election held in the Belgian city of Schaerbeek in 2003 an unlikely culprit was implicated: the sun. After 14 years from that vote, the academic Bhurat Bhuva presented this bizarre conclusion at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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artificial-womb workshop bioclub tokyo
Next Nature

Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo, a weekly event held at the FabCafé in Shibuya. Hendrik-Jan Grievink, designer and initiator of the Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg project, shared some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships. An interested group of 25 showed up and discussed the desirability (and possible implications) of assisted reproductive technologies, such as the artificial womb.

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Next Nature

ECO Coin Award 2017 Nominations Open

Each year at NNN we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to make this planet a more sustainable place and honor them with our ECO coin Award. Previous winners of the award include Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia sharing sustainable farming techniques and Dave Hakkens for his open source Precious Plastic recycling machines. This year we will “open source” our award, anyone can nominate a person, an organisation or even a community working on a sustainable project worthy of the ECO coin Award 2017.

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virtual reality, virtual social network
Society of Simulations

Virtual Networking, the Future Social Media

In a way, social media is a form of virtual reality. You portray a version of yourself, but that representation isn’t exactly you. You have to leave some aspects of yourself out, and people often add in pieces that don’t exist in the real world. People tend to show only the best parts of their lives, while leaving out the negative and unexciting parts. Some day soon, that virtual version of yourself will become much more realistic, but still it won’t necessarily represent what you really are. Virtual reality technology, which is already becoming a part of the conversation surrounding social media, will enable this shift.

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