A new Google Maps app is designed to get kids exploring the Himalayas without having to actually go outside
Society of Simulations

Geography Class via Smartphone

Kids can now explore the Himalayas just using a new Google Maps app. A 500-foot Yeti, named Verne, will guide them on a virtual tour of the planet’s highest peaks. The company has combined 3D graphics with their maps to create a unique experience for adventurous kids to traverse the outside world, staying inside.

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Food Technology

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at Terminal 5 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The urban organic garden was built from a large amount of stacked recycled milk crates and can produce approximately 1.000 pounds of potatoes per season, and about 2.000 herb plants. The signature potatoes are, indeed, blue.

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Not knowing what hanging up the phone means
Innovative Nostalgia

What Is Next Nature? #14

“I’m sliding my finger to the right of the screen to answer the call” is the modern translation of “I’m picking up the phone”. Even to the younger generation, who have never literally picked up or hung up the phone, the contemporary version sounds odd. But hanging up the phone really doesn’t make any sense today. Phrases like “rewinding the tape”, “dialing the phone”, or “cranking the engine” are called skeuonyms, expressions left over from a technology no longer used.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Anthropocene

Rio 2016: the Olympic (Green) Abyss

It seems the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have taken the going-green trend to the ultimate extreme. Earlier this week, the women’s diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre mysteriously turned swampy green. The color change happened overnight in just one of the pools, arousing a great deal of speculation.

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Information Decoration

53 Shades of Blue

On the main street of Ljubljana, Slovenia – green capital of Europe – artist Martin Bricelj Baraga set up a sculpture that measures the blueness of the sky. The self-sufficient installation fully operates on solar energy and functions both as monument and as open source software, which visualizes the air quality of the city. The work pays homage to the 18th century ‘Cyanometer’ attributed to Horace-Benedict de Saussure, a Swiss physicist who designed a circular tool to systematically document the blueness on a scale of fifty-three shades of blue, ranging from white to black. See for yourself!

Source: Designboom

By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray that is alive.
Manufactured Animals

This Robotic Stingray is Alive

Researchers at Harvard University have designed a miniature robotic stingray. By way of reverse engineering and taking heart cells from a rat, this robot is actually alive. The cyborg stingray was introduced on Science journal. Responsive to flashes of light, the movement of the creature gives the scientists a better understanding on how the human heart pumps blood.

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