Fake-nature

Would You Like a Bouquet of Nanoflowers?

These crystalline ‘nanoflowers’ were developed by Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho. The nanostructures of silicon carbide are grown from droplets of gallium on a silicon surface. These nanoflowers will be used in new applications, such as water repellant coatings or new types of solar cells. Next valentine’s day, send your lover some nanoflowers.They look beautiful under the scanning microscope.

www.nanotech-now.com

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Digital-Presence

Meta meta reality

Tringo is an online multiplayer game created by Nathan Keir (aka Kermitt Quirk) in December 2004 that runs inside the virtual reality platform Second Life. It is described as a cross between Tetris and Bingo.

Due to the popularity of Tringo there were a lot of compaints of Second Life players that the players of the Tringo game were anti-social, too much occupied with games and lost all touch with social life. That’s a weird reality in reality situation!

Related links: Second Life Online RPG Funeral Gets Ambushed Online gamers unmasked

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Calm-technology

Info Toaster

Toasted bread as an information display device (originally developed in 2001 but somehow still intruiging): a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web & then browns bread with an image of what weather to expect, readable & consumable on the way to work. the image is burned on to the bread by one of 3 stencils, representing sunny, cloudy or rainy conditions.

Eventually, the stencils could become more sophisticated, to display detailed weather maps, short text messages & even advertisements on to bread.

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Fake-nature

Moving water

Libyan deserts are one of the hottest places on earth. That’s why they are making a river to them. The project known as Great Man-Made River is “an enormous, long-term undertaking to supply the country’s needs by drawing water from aquifers beneath the Sahara and conveying it along a network of huge underground pipes.”
Although some people suspect it to be a underground tunnel network for the movement of military stuff.

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Biomimicmarketing

Green Electricity

Electricity itself is a natural phenomena, but as regular AC/DC currency it becomes a commoddity. But Green Electricity is a strange thing. You pay more money for your electricity which the providers say they will invest in environmental friendly energy like windenergy and waterpower. So the ‘green’ addition to the product is purely virtual.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_electricity

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Augmented Bodies

Excuse me, is Your Tooth Ringing?

The ‘tooth phone’ consists of a tiny vibrator and a radio wave receiver implanted into a tooth during routine dental surgery. Sound, which comes into the tooth as a digital radio signal, is transferred to the inner ear by bone resonance, meaning information can be received anywhere and at any time – and nobody else can listen in. However, the ‘telephone tooth’ does not allow people to talk back to callers or make outgoing calls.

Tooth phone video

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Supermarket

RFID Chips: Is your cat infected with a Computer Virus?

A group of computer researchers from Amsterdam have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.

Many pets, as well as commercial livestock, have been injected with a tiny microchip that can identify them if they get lost (pets) or are later found to habor disease (livestock). Up until now, no one thought these microchips, called RFID tags, could themselves be infected with computer viruses. Now researchers at the Vrije Universiteit have discovered that computer viruses in animals, supermarket products, airline baggages and other physical objects are a real.

RFID tags are tiny, inexpensive microchips that can be attached to physical objects, such as products in a supermarket, or injected into animals. When a specialized kind of chip reader attached to a computer sends out a radio wave on a certain frequency, all RFID tags within range respond to it by identifying themselves. The retail sector, for example, is planning to replace the now-familiar bar code with RFID tags in the coming years because RFID-tagged products can be scanned much faster and more accurately than products with bar codes.

www.finfacts.com | www.rfidvirus.org

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Biomimicmarketing

Biomimicmarketing

The sciences of biomimicry studies nature’s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs to solve human problems: Culture imitates nature. The Black&Decker Alligator lopper (video) is a new chainsaw inspired by an alligator. But I am unsure if this gardening tool is actually inspired by a the alligator we know from old nature. I believe it is more of a marketing thing to call your chainsaw ‘Alligator’. Hence a new tag: Biomimicmarketing.

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