The presence of plastics in the World Ocean is well known, but what do we know about its presence in the sea salt widely consumed by humans across the globe? A recent study by Malaysian researchers examining the purity of 17 commercial sea salt brands from eight different countries found chemical traces in all samples. The contaminants include microplastics and pigments associated with textile, rubber and fiberglass products.
The renewable energy industry has grown a lot in recent years. It continues to expand, not just in numbers, but also into new types of environments. Offshore renewable energy resources, such as floating solar arrays, have begun to pop up around the world.
Hello filmmakers, hello video enthusiasts! Always wanted to have your work featured online? NNN is curating the September 2017 edition of The One Minutes series on the theme Intimate Technology. Send your one minute long video and explore with us how advanced technologies are changing the relationship with our body, environment and sexuality. Ask yourself, how far do we allow technology to go? And how close to the skin can it get? Hurry up, the deadline is July 15. Submit your work here.
NNN is currently researching the concept, societal impact and challenges of the artificial womb. The goal of this project is to develop thought-provoking scenarios that facilitate a much-needed discussion on the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. Want to know more? Join the Artificial Womb workshop at Border Sessions, on June 28 in The Hague, to build new narratives around assisted reproductive technologies, explore new cultures and craft your own piece of design fiction.
You would be surprised to hear that planting orange petunias is illegal. While at first this might sound like one of the most useless laws, there is a good reason behind it. Let’s start by saying that petunias simply cannot get that orange color naturally.
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.
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.