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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Next Nature

What’s Flying There? Flip Through

Will Avi the bird survive the attack of the military drones? Are we already riding a drone? What’s the potential of this new species? Call your children, get your crayons and listen to the What’s Flying There? story read by NNN Ambassador Tracy Metz. Take a moment in the rush of the holiday season to watch this video and discover which innovative drones the new year might bring. We hope many of them will be buddy drones!

The coloring book What’s Flying There? is available in our web shop in English or Dutch.

Amazon Echo could help save a murder case, at all costs.
Information Decoration

Solving Crimes Thanks to Amazon Echo

In March Amazon launched a game on their Echo smart speaker, inviting users to solve the fictional murder of Bruce and Martha Wayne, Batman’s parents. Needless to say the adventure was a marketing plug to promote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Surprisingly the fiction became a reality, when local police in Arkansas obtained a warrant for Amazon to turn over recording data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. Reportedly, Amazon has declined giving such information, twice.

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Meat the Future

But Will Lab-Grown Meat Be Kosher?

Jews, at least some Jews, have been asking if artificial flesh is kosher for a very long time. You can even find debates on the subject in the Talmud, depending on how you define “flesh” and “artificial.” In the Tractate Sanhedrin (65b), two Rabbis, Chanina and Oshaia, spend every Sabbath evening studying the Kabbalistic Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzirah). They use its teachings to create a calf, which they then eat, evidently without slaughtering it according to kosher law, or kashrut. Interpreters of the Tractate debated whether kashrut had been violated, a questionable point given the special genesis of the animal in question.

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Lilou the San Francisco Airport Pig
Manufactured Animals

Lilou the Airport Pig Will Soothe Your Travel

If you happen to be at San Francisco International Airport on the hectic Holiday time, LiLou can help you alleviate the stress. She wears fancy ballerina skirt, has bright painted nails and an officer hat. Her winning personality and sense of fun make her a perfect match for the position. What may come as a surprise, LiLou is a Juliana-breed pig.

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