Our Bodies, Our Fuel
There is certainly nothing new in our attempts to harness fuel from ourselves. In recent years, as bio-tech shifts from science fiction to applied science, we’re finding more subtle ways to harness that fuel potential. This piece from Ars Technica details the breadth in the variety of energy sources emitting from our every day interactions.
Marketing the Oceans
Eco-friendly fashion is in vogue, evidenced by terms like “recycled-material” and “sustainable manufacturing” battered around as selling points for everything from sheets to shoes. So, despite how easy it is to hide the source of a material, when designers venture into this brand of lifestyle-fashion the incentive it to reveal, not mask, a product’s recycled roots. Take the new Adidas concept shoe, crafted with recycled materials gathered from the oceans.
Manta Ray Floating City
French visionary architect Jacques Rougerie planned a utopian floating city shaped like a manta ray. This place has been conceived as a university city – 900 meters long and 500 meters wide – to host 7.000 international researchers, professors and students for extended stays. Inside there would be classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, living quarters and dedicated areas for leisure and sports.
Forward to Nature
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?
Seeing the Sun Through Data
Between its 149 million km distance from earth and its extreme brightness, the sun has never been easy to observe. Ever since we started looking into the sky we’ve needed special lenses, photographs, telescopes and sunglasses to get the slightest glance at it. Today however, with more advanced imaging technology and orbiting telescopes, we’re getting a better look. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum has taken this observation to the next level with a giant public display of images and data that show the sun in hyper-real detail.
Algorithm Tells You How to Dress
What should I wear today? The answer to one of life’s big questions could came from an algorithm created to solve all your fashion problems. Researchers from Spain’s Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics, along with colleagues at the University of Toronto, have developed a mathematical model that is able to assess whether a person is fashionably dressed and to give advice on how to make the outfit more trendy.