Wearing earphones without listening to music
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What Is Next Nature? #15

You need to concentrate or you simply don’t feel like talking? Just plug in your earphones and listen to the sweet sound of silence. There’s probably nothing better to hold talkative people off – without offending or looking antisocial – than simply acting as if you’re enjoying some music. It’s a very effective 21st century solution to a 21st century problem. Where to get some quality time with yourself in the midst of our buzzing cities? There’s distraction everywhere, wearing earphones creates a bubble of personal space.

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Wild Systems

Morality of an Autonomous Car

Imagine three traffic situations that lead to unavoidable harm: 1. Turn to save the life of several pedestrians but kill one person; 2. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of a single pedestrian; 3. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of several people. What would you do in each of them? Would it affect your decision knowing the age of the people that would die? Or the chances for survival (speed, road conditions etc.)? Now imagine that these questions need to be answered by a car.

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Wild Systems

This Robot Builds a House in Two Days

This Bricklaying Robot can build low-cost houses in just two days. Initially developed to meet labor shortages, at 1.000 bricks an hour the robot is perfectly capable of working on its own. The machine was named Hadrian after the fourteenth Emperor of Rome, known for his significant building projects during the Roman Empire. This new technology means more affordable houses in the future, that additionally could be filled with robotic self-assembling furniture.

Source: Fastbrick Robotics

meat-lovers-delight Atze Jan van der Goot Mega Steak
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Meat Lovers Megasteak Delight

Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.

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