Innovative Nostalgia

The Reinvention of Children’s Books

In today’s rapidly moving society, even the biggest bibliophiles have problems finding the time to sit down with a good book. Though we never stop reading. Tons of digital letters cross our eyes daily, from email to Twitter feed. So, why are kids still learning to read from a book? Amazon is reinventing the children’s book in the form of an educational reading app called Rapids.

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Manufactured Animals

Horsesneakers

Horseshoes are so 400 B.C., meet the horsneakers – the latest hit in hoof protection. Thanks to researches in equine anatomy, we have learned that metal horseshoes are actually not the most natural and effective way to protect the horse hoofs. That’s why Megasus Horserunners created the horsesneakers. Although it’s not yet confirmed if these ones also bring good luck like the old-fashioned metal counterparts.

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Manufactured Animals

The Digital Life Project

Since naturalists realized that the human activity was provoking the extinction of many species, it became a necessity and a dream to create an archive of all the living creatures on Earth. Many have tried and failed. Some like 19th-century ornithologist and painter John James Audubon were limited by the technology available at their time. Yet Audubon classified hundreds of illustrations, collected in his book Birds of America. Others, such as photographer Joel Sartore, are currently working on an archive of thousands of animals all around the world, hoping to capture the whole animal kingdom. Today, researchers are able to create accurate 3D models of living organisms to preserve the heritage of life on Earth, that’s the aim of Digital Life Project.

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Plastic Planet

Interview: Dave Hakkens, Designer Putting Plastic Waste to Better Use

We recently handed this year’s ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, founder of the Precious Plastic movement. With his open sourced recycling machines, he provides people around the world the knowledge to start recycling plastic locally.

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Guided Growth

Future Architecture: Digesting Walls

A bio reactor inside a wall in your house may sound a bit scary. Some researcher, however, thought this could be a great idea and started the LIAR (Living Architecture) project. They are working at the University of West England to design and develop a modular bioreactor-wall with living bricks, turning a wall into a digesting organism.

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Manufactured Animals

Reversing Evolution with a Legless Mouse

Hundred million years ago the snake came into existence, by slowly going from an animal with limbs to the slithering creature as we know it today. You might think that evolution worked the other way around, but if you take an x-ray of a phyton or a boa constrictor you can still see rudimentary legs in their bodies. Scientist are now trying to reverse evolution by inserting the mutated leg snake DNA into the DNA of a mouse. The test result is striking: a mouse without limbs.

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