Bacteria are everywhere. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption that they should also be present in plastic recycle factories. With this line of reasoning Japanese researchers took 250 soil samples in the piles of waste and the wastewater of a recycle factory in the Japanese city Sakai. There they hoped to find a microbe, which, after years of inhabiting the plastic pool, had naturally evolved the ability to digest plastic (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET to be exact).
Move the forefinger of your right hand up and down. Your finger seems to act automatically, with almost no mental effort. Still, a specific part of the prefrontal cortex needs to be activated to perform the coordinated muscle contractions. Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine succeeded in hooking up a prosthetic arm to the human brain.
Your dream-trip has always been to experience an African Safari? Google can help you make it come “true”. It might not be the same kind of adventure or thrill, but from today even who does not have the possibility to plan a real trip to South Africa can admire the stunning nature and wildlife through a virtual safari, comfortably sitting on the couch. All thanks to Google Maps.
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?
Is the use of personal devices becoming a replacement for the spectrum of emotions that make us all humans? This discussion started a long while ago but opinions are still controversially parted. We buy the latest gadgets expecting them to make our life easier, but it seems they do more than just that. Most of the technology we use today can either be intrusive or supportive; how can we enjoy the benefits of our technologies while avoiding the negative consequences?
Storing leftover food with plastic wrap is a fair way of keeping your food fresh for a longer time. However, this material is quite limited because what it does is just sealing everything off from oxygen. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have successfully developed a natural chitosan-based and environmentally-friendly film with grapefruit seed extract able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.
How would you solve your son’s addiction to video games? This father in China hired some professional gamers to find his son on online games and kill his avatar. To him the situation was unacceptable, his 23 years old son was unemployed and spent all day in front of the screen, in a virtual reality world.