Manufactured Landscapes

A next natural landscape of bikes

It was just little over a year ago that bike sharing schemes started to take off in China. Yet in the blink of an eye, millions of bikes painted in vivid colours, popped up in and around the streets of many a Chinese city. With these colourful newcomers flooding a still immature market at an overwhelming pace, offer quickly exceeded demand and the unbridled ambitions of bike entrepreneurs thus quickly came to be overshadowed by a nagging problem of overcapacity.

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Society of Simulations

Skiing on Mars? It’s possible!

For those experiencing symptoms of motion sickness in VR, it’s now possible to step inside a real-life simulation of what it could be like to ski on mars. Last week, desert dust from North Africa hit the pistes in Eastern Europe, covering the lush white landscape in eerie orange snow. “We’re skiing on Mars today,” exclaimed one social media user as he skied down the slopes. This makes us wonder: Do we still have genuine experiences at all, or are we living in a society of simulations?

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Wild Systems

Slowing down to start up: Here’s the first chapter of our crypto deep dive series

It takes years to design a new banknote, having hundreds of people working on every little detail, all done under the watchful eye of governments and professionals. However today, blockchain technology allows anyone to create and launch their own digital cryptocurrency in less than a minute with only a few clicks. What does this all mean? In this Deep Dive series, we take a closer look at some of these new coins, diving into the technology that underpins them, and explore what this may mean for the future of money.

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Society of Simulations

Is eSports really sport?

First things first. Sport is a next nature: Whereas our ancient ancestors had to hunt for their food, our modern tribes simply visit the supermarket. With all this free time left on our hands, we invented a new pastime: sports. Yet, a current trend to simulate sports is to participate in eSports, a large industry that’s currently growing up around competitive online gaming. Let’s look at how eSports is taking the ‘sports’ world by storm.

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Fake Nature

These robotic flowers are attracting bees

It is trying its very best to stay hidden: but would you be fooled by its fake nature? This synthetic pollinizer, a conceptual project by artist Michael Candy, may intuitively repel us if we found it in our ‘natural’ flower fields, but it has been successful at attracting bees. These robotic flowers may serve to further the pollination by bees, while keeping them safe from pesticides. Save the bees! Peculiar image of the week.

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