Hypernature

Animal Tsunami Alerts from Space

Since ancient times people have believed that animals have the ability to sense and anticipate earthquakes, tsunami or other natural disasters. And there’s evidence to support this belief. Back in 2005 when a tsunami hit many countries in the Indic Ocean there were many reports of odd behavior in wild and domestic animals and there were almost no animal victims in the aftermath. Now, there is a way to “borrow” this mysterious sense using tracking tags and the International Space Station (ISS).

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BladeRanger Drones and Robots solar panels cleaning
Wild Systems

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Every day in the Arava region in southern Israel a group of drones, called pelicans, carry solar panels cleaning robots, called plecos (like the fish known for their ability to clean algae from aquariums), at work. It could be a story from our What’s Flying There? book, instead it is a project by BladeRanger, an Israeli company specialized in managing autonomous robots with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their first application is for the inspection and cleaning of photovoltaic installations.

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3D print song
Information Decoration

3D Print Your Favorite Song

Since the earliest days of media players with visualization software, such as Winamp, we have started to become accustomed to not only hearing, but also seeing our favorite songs. The pulsating animations on the screen brought an optical sensation to our experience of music. Artist Matthew Hollings aims to turn these into physical sculptures.

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Officegarden

How to Train Your Robot

There’s fear robots will start to take our jobs, but there’s also the perspective of new opportunities emerging. New tasks that no robot can do are already demanded, such as wind turbine technicians, physical-therapy assistants and genetic counselors. At the same time, jobs that requires human-robot collaboration are already a reality: YuMi from the Japanese ABB robot manufacturers is a perfect example. And training it is easier than you think.

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Society of Simulations

Anime Characters at Your Service

Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.

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Discover the cellular world with stick-on camera lenses for your smartphone.
Hyperreality

Turn Your Smartphone into a Microscope

Honey, I shrunk the… microscope? Blips is a set of mini-objectives for smartphone cameras that allows its users to see deep inside the micro-world and explore the environment on a cellular level. By simply sticking the lens to your smartphone or tablet, you can discover flowers, insects, computer chips, cooked rice and more with up to 100x magnification, obtaining entirely new sense of your surroundings.

Source: Blips

Food Technology

Growing Norwegian Nori in the Lab

Norwegian cuisine is known for its savory meatballs, sweet and salty cured salmon and… nori. That’s right, nori. Researchers in Trondheim have succeeded in growing the red Porphyra algae in laboratory for the first time, handing themselves all the right ingredients to become the frontrunner of commercial macroalgae cultivation.

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Image Consumption

Happy New Green 2017!

Since 2000 the experts at Pantone have choosen a color to sum up the spirit of each year, capturing both a snapshot of the past and a sneak peek into the future. From the relaxing quartz and blue of this troubled 2016, they now have shifted to a bright green as the color of 2017. A perfect choice if we take into account some of the positive developments in renewables reached during this controversial year.

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Society of Simulations

Simulated Kissing Over the Internet

Long distance relationships have a bad rap, but will become more and more easier to maintain with new tools and technologies that aim to compensate the lack of physical intimacy. After calling, texting, chatting, video chatting, teledildonics (interactive and touch emulating sex toys) and sync-watching TV series while miles apart, you can kiss your beloved one over the Internet from wherever you are with Kissenger.

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