Augmented Bodies

Smell of Data Episode 3: Warning Mechanism

Tune in for the third episode of Smell of Data: Leanne Wijnsma‘s documentary on the search for a more instinctive Internet. Today we are exploring the sense of smell as a warning mechanism. We will look back at the development of the smell of gas and how we are trained to recognize such odor as a potential hazard. We will also pay a visit to the harbor of Rotterdam, where so-called “e-noses” are employed to detect toxic fumes. Missed the previous episodes? Watch them here.

Suburban Utopia

Wind Turbines Threatens Birdlife

Wind power is an excellent source of clean energy. The use of large wind turbines is growing worldwide and the demand continues to increase. That’s why the Scottish government proposed to build a windfarm of 335 turbines in the waters of the North Sea, a few miles off Scotland’s east coast. It could have brought jobs and more clean energy and be beneficial to everyone, except for one group: birds.

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Polluted Beach
Plastic Planet

Plastic Beach

Sadly, at first glance, this image may not be that peculiar, it seems like another polluted beach after spring break. Nevertheless this picture was taken in Henderson Island, a remote uninhabited UNESCO World Heritage site in Polynesia. Yet another example of how plastic is affecting places where few humans have ever set their feet.

Via Dr. Jennifer Lavers

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Homunculus
Artificial Womb

1537 – Homunculus: the Semi-Human

The creation of life has always been a human fantasy. According to reports from the 16th and 17th centuries, at that time alchemists started trying to produce a fully formed miniature human body, the homunculus, from a flask.

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Intimate Technology

Smell of Data Episode 2: Making Leaks Sensible

Welcome back! Today we share the second part of Leanne Wijnsma’s search for a more instinctive Internet: Smell of Data. Last week’s episode introduced us to the concept of data leaks and the impact it has on us as a society, as a whole. This week we dive into the promise and perils of online privacy and how governments and privately-owned companies want to know everything about you. Missed the first part? Watch it here.

Anthropocene

Antarctica Is Turning Green

Try looking online for images of ‘Antarctica’ and rest assured you will have a series of enchanted pristine white landscapes presented to you on a silver platter. Well that’s about to change as rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern part of the continent over the last 50 years.

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The first robotic officer will soon report for duty in Dubai.
Suburban Utopia

Dubai Employs First Robotic Police Officer

Dressed in its green uniform and proudly wearing a police hat, the first robotic officer will soon hit the streets of Dubai. It will patrol 24/7 city malls and tourist attractions, citizens will be able to use its buil-in touchscreen pad to report crimes, pay fines or just ask any question you would ask to a human police officer.

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