Manufactured Animals

A Taste of RoboBee Honey

Bees are dying at an alarming rate, with radical consequences for humans too since these insects are essential to our food production. Without bees pollinating flowers, we could not have strawberries, peppers and apples on the supermarket shelves. While most scientists are focusing on keeping bees alive, Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard are developing a replacement for bees: RoboBees.

Read more

Make sure to catch the NANO Supermarket indoor exhibition at van Nelle fabriek, Rotterdam
Next Nature

NANO Supermarket Expo in Rotterdam

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the track to open a pop-up store exhibition. The shelves of the NANO Supermarket are stocked with nanotech products that could hit the market in the next ten years: medicinal softdrinks, interactive wall paint, programmable wine and more. Our debate provoking objects are pioneering, uncanny and disturbing. They function as scenarios for potential technological innovations, helping us to decide what future we actually want.

Since its opening, the NANO Supermarket has received over 75.000 visitors in various cities around the globe. Pictured above the latest indoor exhibition at Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.

Water Bear Withstands X Ray Radiation
Hypernature

This Indestructible Micro-Animal Will Help Us

He can withstand enormous heat (up to 100°C) and cold (around minus 240°C), high pressure (7.5GPa), immersion in organic solvent, frozen vacuum of space and radiation. And he’s not just an imaginary superhero. Meet Ramazzottius Varieornatus from phylum Tardigrades, commonly known as water bear. This tiny yet powerful invertebrate may help humans to conquer the space.

Read more

China Algae Bloom
Hypernature

Your Next Sneakers Are Made of Algae

If you are fond of water sports or simply enjoy a walk along a coast, you probably heard of them before: cyanobacteria. These are toxic blue-green algae that thrive allover the world due to global warming and water contamination. When the algae are blooming they deplete oxygen level in water so that other species like manta ray are endangered. Moreover, toxic domoic acid, an element of cyanobacteria, gets into the food chain causing devastating domino effect. Inventor Rob Falken came up with an idea how to solve the problem: harvest and reuse them. For the next pair of your sneakers, for example.

Read more

Hypernature

Animal Fauxtography

Fake photography, or fauxtography, has been around since the invention of cameras and nature is one of the most popular subjects of dishonest photographers. From the mythical Loch Ness to the cheesy frogs using a leaf as umbrella, these images have been published in newspapers and spread virally on the web creating a fake perception of nature in the mind of millions around the world.

Read more

members
A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.
Next Nature

Empowered by Robots Event Report

A report on the Empowered by Robots conference during DDW16, demonstrating fruitful collaboration between humans and robots.

This content is only accessible for members of Next Nature Network.
Join us and receive full access to all content, a yearly inspirational member gift and discount on all items in our webshop!

Log In Join

scandinavian-winds
Suburban Utopia

The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

“Googling” is so easy and straightforward that seems to be an activity that won’t cause any impact on the environment. Unfortunately it does, from the manufacture and shipping of computers to the powering and cooling of the servers, huge amounts of resources and energy are consumed. According to climatecare.org every Google search accounts for 0.2 to 0.7 grams of carbon emissions and every e-mail equals to four grams of CO2.

Read more

Next Nature

Next Nature Habitat VR Launch

If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.

Read more

The Brave New World conference discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society.
Next Nature

Brave New World Conference in Leiden

How will the future impact human life? Will we fall in love with robots? How can we combine nature and architecture? Is technology part of human evolution? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the Brave New World conference on November 2 and 3, 2016 in Leiden (The Netherlands). The events discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced to society. Among the speakers: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and our ambassadors Floris Kaayk and Rachel Armstrong.

The Italian government just launched a campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates and encourage family planning.
Intimate Technology

More Babies for Italy

The Italian government launched a remarkable campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates. Named Fertility Day, the operation (that took place on September 22) might sound like a national holiday, but it is meant to encourage family planning and maternity. Along the campaign, 12 promotional “postcards” were launched, which went viral for all the wrong reasons. Together with the campaign images, the government created a website and an online game, both currently offline.

Read more