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Visual of Evolution in the Bathroom

Evolution in the Bathroom

I have been conducting some attempts to backtrack the evolution of Gillette shaving razors appearing in my bathroom. Whereas older shavers were simple sticks with a blade on top, …

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Slogan

The things we design will end up designing us. Slogan of the week. Retrieved from the essay Exploring Next Nature .

Visual of Goodbye, Nature vs Nurture

Goodbye, Nature vs Nurture

Talking about nature and nurture as separate, clear-cut forces is far adrift from the complexities of developmental science, says Evelyn Fox Keller in NewScientist . ONE of the …

Visual of Neo-Evolution with Harvey Fineberg

Neo-Evolution with Harvey Fineberg

Humanity has three options when it comes to our evolution. Dr. Harvey Fineberg makes a case for "neo-evolution".

Visual of Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution, Tuesday 30th June.

Visual of Neck space

Neck space

Since we don't need to be able to move our heads anymore these days we might as well use the unused space between our head and our shoulders. That's what designer Francesca …

Visual of Evolution always finds a way

Evolution always finds a way

Two middle class cars molded into one luxurious limousine. Created by Ahmet Ögüt . See also Waves of Asphalt , Interchange , On the Road , Sexy Car .

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Visual of After the reboot, meet the Homo Evolutis

After the reboot, meet the Homo Evolutis

At this year's TED conference , held in Long Beach California, Biotechnologist Juan Enriquez argued that even as mega-banks topple,  the big reboot is yet to come. It will come …

Visual of Energy Saving Chandelier

Energy Saving Chandelier

I deem you have to be over sixty to have an object with so many historical layers of media in your house. Let's analyze. We are looking at a chandelier in which the candle …

Visual of Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

Epidermits – The Tissue Engineered Toy

The world of tissue engineering is usually associated with medical applications . But how about some tissue engineered toys? The Epidermits toy is the Karten Design firm 's …

Visual of Organic Condom

Organic Condom

While out in the wilderness , I was in need for a condom. This is what I found. It doesn't look very comfortable, but having an organic lifestyle has it's price I guess? Peculiar …

Visual of Shoulder Pads: Fashion tide back to the 80's?

Shoulder Pads: Fashion tide back to the 80's?

Fashion has a natural cycle of its own, which is more dependent on market and media forces than seasons or weather. Trends are predicted, recycled, set and followed. Seasons in …

Visual of As smart as mice.

As smart as mice.

When you think of solving mazes, you think of mice. Mice have been use to do science for ages. In turns out that mice are not the only beings that can solve a maze. In fact you …

Visual of Car Skin

Car Skin

Our peculiar image of the week was created by artist Olaf Mooij . Seen at Discovery Festivals Cabinet of Curiosities .

Visual of Matt Ridley – When Ideas have Sex

Matt Ridley – When Ideas have Sex

At TEDGlobal 2010 , author Matt Ridley argues how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. According to …

Visual of Shell Logo Evolution

Shell Logo Evolution

Corporate logos constantly have to adapt in order to survive. In the case of the Shell oil company this results in an image that ironically resembles the ones we know from the …

Visual of Humane Technology #1: Feels Natural

Humane Technology #1: Feels Natural

All too often, technology frustrates us. It forces our behavior into constrained pathways. Even more insidious, technology can knock us out of alignment with our values, goals or …

Visual of Humane Technology #2: Revive Human Intuitions

Humane Technology #2: Revive Human Intuitions

Our second principle: Humane technology revives human intuitions, in particular those we might have forgotten about. 'Conventional' technology aims to overcome our hominid …

Visual of One Chicken Feeds 100 People

One Chicken Feeds 100 People

Our peculiar image of the week is not what it seems. Rather than a man with a gigantic chicken on a leash, you are looking at a normal chicken with an incredibly shrunken man …

Visual of Razorius Gillettus in NRC Next

Razorius Gillettus in NRC Next

Dutch newspaper NRC Next features a shortened version (in dutch) of the Razorius Gillettus essay, written by Koert van Mensvoort. Download the scan . A longer version of the essay …

Visual of We Domesticated Ourselves

We Domesticated Ourselves

Our bodies are maps of our ancestor's social lives.  We evolved, physically and behaviorally, in incredibly complex social groups.  Such intense sociability may have favored the …

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Bacteria "R" Us

There is a domain of creatures that diffusively encircles an entire planet. There are so many of them that they occupy every conceivable ecological niche. Yet, despite their …

Visual of Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Tuur van Balen – Hacking Yoghurt

Designer Tuur van Balen argues biotechnoloyg is actually very accessible and creates an 'anti-depressant yoghurt' on stage.

Visual of What is Synthetic Biology?

What is Synthetic Biology?

Dig the three minute introduction. Script by Claudia Vickers, Animation by Orlando Mee, Produced by Stephan Kern.

Visual of Carnivorous Plants Turn Vegetarian

Carnivorous Plants Turn Vegetarian

Will extended pollution cause carnivorous plants to turn to a fully vegetarian diet?

Visual of Did Booze Make Us Modern?

Did Booze Make Us Modern?

A psychiatrist argues that beer gave us civilization - but do intoxicants play a deeper evolutionary role than that?

Visual of Innovative Nostalgia

Innovative Nostalgia

We humans simply feel more comfortable with technological change when it comes in a familiar form that refers to an existing and accepted object, habit, value, tradition or intuition.

Visual of Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid

Artist Maja Smrekar modified yeast with her own DNA to produce human lactic acid.

Visual of Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

Thanks to evolution goats can climb, shifting their ecosystems to the trees.

Visual of Oranges Are Going Extinct – Unless a Gene from Spinach Can Help

Oranges Are Going Extinct – Unless a Gene from Spinach Can Help

Only genetic engineering can stop citrus from going commercially extinct. But is the public ready to accept GM orange juice?

Visual of Paradise Reset

Paradise Reset

Interview with our own Koert van Mensvoort in the IKON Television Documentary 'Paradise Reset' on the future of human nature.

Visual of Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

Protocell Shoe Mends Itself

The self-repairing sole is a dynamic solution to an everyday problem.

Visual of The Insect with Natural Mechanical Gears

The Insect with Natural Mechanical Gears

The first – and only – mechanical gears found in nature.

Visual of You Can Never Go Back To Nature

You Can Never Go Back To Nature

One of the arguments that environmentalists use against factory farming and burning fossil fuels is that these activities are "unnatural" or that they "go against nature." But …

Visual of A Brief History of Humankind

A Brief History of Humankind

Historian Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a journey through the whole human history.

Visual of Breaking Down Plastics with Bacteria

Breaking Down Plastics with Bacteria

Two students found a way to break down plastics using soil bacteria.

Visual of Digital Native

Digital Native

Digital natives have trouble understanding life before 24/7 online connectivity.

Visual of Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Meet Humanity beyond Race, it's Beautiful

Visual of Stable Propagation of Next Natural DNA

Stable Propagation of Next Natural DNA

A team of scientists created a semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet.

Visual of Technosphere Interference

Technosphere Interference

Does Technosphere stop humans from sexual replication?

Visual of The Bacterial Lamp

The Bacterial Lamp

Ambio: a lamp that lights up by activating the bacteria.

Visual of Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designing Cars with Synthetic Biology

Designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg explains how synthetic biology inspires her for designing the cars of the future.

Visual of Modern Times Emergency Kit

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won't do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well.

Visual of Tourism's Impact on Indigenous Tribes

Tourism's Impact on Indigenous Tribes

How does an indigenous culture sustain, extend, and evolve nowadays? Probably, it mainly depends on the preferences of the tourism industry. Here is an example from the Mursi, one …

Visual of C-Sections Caused an Evolutionary Change

C-Sections Caused an Evolutionary Change

C-sections have an unexpected side effect on human evolution. Newborn heads are getting bigger, while the mothers birth cannals are becoming smaller.

Visual of Designed to Survive Our Roads

Designed to Survive Our Roads

A road safety campaign in the Australian state of Victoria exposed an educational, yet confronting picture to raise awareness to the vulnerable human body on the road.

Visual of Evolution Will Change the Way We Sleep

Evolution Will Change the Way We Sleep

A group of researchers is working to optimize the way we sleep, increasing our relaxation, and therefore reducing the time devoted to our naps.

Visual of Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Eating meat has made us who we are today: evolved, intelligent humans, able to use a verbal language.

Visual of Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

While we can’t just leave the coast permanently without upsetting the delicate balance of this new environment we created, we can take better care of it to ensure that it is around for years to come.

Visual of What Is the Selfie Elbow?

What Is the Selfie Elbow?

The advent of digital communications media is bringing along some health conditions.

Visual of Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Cruising Critters Travel the Ocean on Plastic

Tons of living animals have floated from Japan to the United States traveling across the ocean on plastic junk and debris.

Visual of Designer babies: the kids of the future?

Designer babies: the kids of the future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism?

Visual of Scientists Create Ghost Heart

Scientists Create Ghost Heart

The Texas Heart Institute researches in the field of organ transplantation. With the “ghost heart” — an heart organ scrubbed clean of all its former cells, the researches are on the verge of creating a sustainable and effective way of transplanting organs.

Visual of Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

Interview: Huub Ehlhardt on the evolution of products

"To understand why a product is the way it is today, you need to learn about its evolutionary background." Meet Huub Ehlhardt, an engineer with a PhD in product design . Huub …

Visual of Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling …

Visual of On the origin of the e-bike

On the origin of the e-bike

The oldest known serious candidate forerunner for the bicycle is the ‘running machine’ built by the German Baron Karl von Drais. His two-wheeled machine became known as the …

Visual of On the origin of the word processor

On the origin of the word processor

Writing is recognised as one of mankind’s foremost inventions and the mechanization of writing is one of these developments that typify what is commonly regarded as the work of …

Visual of On the origin of the LED lamp

On the origin of the LED lamp

For thousands of years people used oil lamps and candles to illuminate their homes during the hours of darkness. Neither produced much light and both were inconvenient in use as …

Visual of On the Origin of the Smartphone

On the Origin of the Smartphone

Visual of Entryparadise

Entryparadise

Written by Werner Lippert & Peter Wippermann, Curators of the Entryparadise exhibition (26/8 until 3/12, 2006, at Kohlenwäsche, Zollverein) Design is about to undergo a …

Visual of Designer pets

Designer pets

If your house just isn't big enough to have a leopard, you can allways buy these 20.000 dollar cats. Nailcaps are included to prevent scratches on the matching cat furniture. I …

Visual of Modernistic Watermelon

Modernistic Watermelon

Peculiar object of the week is this square watermelon, found in Japan. Very practical and cost efficient when you want to pile them in boxes and ship them. Artist Piet Mondrian …

Visual of All Is Full Of Love

All Is Full Of Love

While time seems to flow in this one direction, some people just know how to walk straight through that fourth dimension; catch it in a videoclip and throw the message into …

Visual of Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges

Seen in an article of Smashing Magazine . See also: Better than the real thing .

Visual of I'm feeling lucky

I'm feeling lucky

A 21-leaf clover discovered on June 3 by Iwate prefecture farmer Shigeo Obara has shattered the Guinness world record for most leaves on a clover stem ( Trifolium repens L. ). The …

Visual of Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Bacteria That Eat Waste & Shit Petrol

Energy problem? Why not genetically alter bacteria to have them provide 'renewable petroleum'. Crude oil is only a few molecular stages removed from the acids normally excreted by …

Visual of Bananawall

Bananawall

Who would not need a bananawall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor bananawall system was designed by Stefan Sagmeister . It is made of 7200 banana's. …

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Better than the real thing

Take a bite from this pear and I'll spare you all the default connotations with the apple of eden. Source photo by Pablo Montanez . See also Modernistic Watermelon , Ferrari …

Visual of BicycleBot

BicycleBot

Murata Boy, is a robot capable of riding bicycles unassisted. Balancing, pedaling and directing the bicyclee, turning the bike to avoid obstacles, etc. And this is his nephew, …

Visual of Big Dog got puppies

Big Dog got puppies

We posted this fella two years ago but the guys at Boston Dynamics haven't been sitting still. Improvements have been made and Big Dog got puppies! Little Dog (a learning robot …

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Build a better being

Will Wright's hugely successful games SimCity and The Sims let players shape the structure of urban areas and the lives of virtual humans; his upcoming game, Spore , lets them …

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Corpus 2.0

Corpus 2.0 by Marcia Nolte is a set of seven portraits illustrating how the human body could adjust itself to the design of products, including an enlarged SMS thumb (above), an …

Visual of DNA Synthesizer

DNA Synthesizer

Playing God? – "We are not playing..." After having seen this TED talk by Craig Venter , I came across a cynical yet clarifying comic (etcgroup.org) on his plans to build a new …

Visual of DogFish

DogFish

Try selling cars these days without some good old genetic manipulation...

Visual of Evolution in the Bedroom

Evolution in the Bedroom

Good morning anywhere in the world! Waking up is a problem (at least for 50% of the population). That's why alarm clocks exist; machines and devices are invented to solve …

Visual of Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Faustian Bargains and Pineapple Shampoo

Since the early days of the net, the electronic pastoral has lent itself to all sorts of dubious agendas pushed by science, the military and even libertarian tendencies. In the …

Visual of Fun begins in 2029

Fun begins in 2029

Famous technologist and futurist Ray Kurzweil states: it's going down by 2029, so be prepared to get digital on entirely new levels. According to Kurzweil, machines will have both …

Visual of Grasscutter Architects

Grasscutter Architects

Ten tons of cement were pourred into this grasscutters ant colony, revealing a subterranean structure of 8 meters / 26 feet deep. 'Ant-City' was built including circulating …

Visual of Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

With their project 'Rules of Six' architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings …

Visual of High Performance Hip

High Performance Hip

A commercial by an orthopaedic reconstruction company introducing the next generation of joint replacements: " Highly advanced hips and knees. Engineered to meet the needs of your …

Visual of Homo Desktopus

Homo Desktopus

A future physical anthropologist who knows nothing about the human race and would dig up a contemporary desktop computer, might conclude homo desktopus must have been the user of …

Visual of Human animal hybrid

Human animal hybrid

This peculiar, half-human creature could be your cousin. No really; it is a sculpture by Patricia Piccinini entitled The Young Family , which, in turn, is part of a larger …

Visual of Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology

Written by Kevin Kelly , published in The Technium .  I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is …

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Hyper Fish

While swimming in second life, India Leigh came across this cool lion fish. See also: Redefining Nemo , Augmented Fish Reality , Who wants to drive a fish? .

Visual of A Designers take on Intelligent Design

A Designers take on Intelligent Design

://nextnature.net A typographical film on the term ' Intelligent Design ' and its relation with design. Created by Christian Bramsiepe from the Köln International School of Design …

Visual of Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus

Lilium Urbanus is a collaborative senior thesis project by Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga, recent graduates of SVA. Pretty cool to watch, the video is a metaphor of urban landscapes …

Visual of Next Rabbit

Next Rabbit

This is not a 3-D-animation of a fictional creature, but an actual existing animal: the Angora Rabbit.

Visual of Observing Next Nature

Observing Next Nature

You can watch it grow in front of your eyes. Via Core.form-ula .

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Popple II

Make no mistake. The children of the 80's are the bioengineers of today. ://nextnature.net

Visual of Robotic R)evolution

Robotic R)evolution

In 1921 the word "Robot" (meaning "labor") was introduced by Czech writer Karel ?apek . In his play "R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots), robots seem happy to work for humans. …

Visual of Saturn (Directors Cut)

Saturn (Directors Cut)

The struggle between the born and the made is being fought out in a wardrobe on Saturn. By: 1stavemachine.com | Related: Sixties Last

Visual of Slavoj Zizek - Ecology without Nature

Slavoj Zizek - Ecology without Nature

This lecture by Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zizek – never mind the crappy sound & image quality: this is philosophy folks! – should provide all next nature explorers with a …

Visual of Teddy's Atonomy

Teddy's Atonomy

Wool sculptor Stephanie Metz researched the meaning of 'cute' through the morphology of some Teddy bear species. Related posts: PacMan's Scull | Animatus

Visual of The First Pregnant Man

The First Pregnant Man

At first I thought this first pregnant man was a hoax, but after I saw it on Oprah I realized it must be 'real'. Well, the pregnant man is actually a former woman who had a sex …

Visual of The mobile evolution

The mobile evolution

In our NextNature event BVPS (May 2008), Kevin Kelly spoke of technology as the 7th kingdom of life : a form of evolution whithout the nasty side–effect of dying (Every object …

Visual of The Order Electrus

The Order Electrus

"Nature adapts, even to human actions that seem to destroy everything. The amazing power of evolution has given birth to a new species of insect. Their ideal habitats are old …

Visual of Aquasaurus

Aquasaurus

This skeleton truck was dug up created by Jitish Kallat . Related: Skeleton mouse , Animatus , Pacman’s skull .

Visual of Change We Can Believe In

Change We Can Believe In

I love this parody of the famous Shepard Fairey Obama poster by Mike Rosulek .

Visual of Computer versus bacteria

Computer versus bacteria

Are bacteria faster than a computer? According a group of biological engineers they are. The scientists have done a research in which they have used the well-known bacteria …

Visual of Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

Craig Venter – Catalyst of evolution

If the six hour crash course on synthetic genomics is a bit too much for you, there is always a more snappy TED lecture in which Craig Venter ponders on whether we can create new …

Visual of Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere . With the great pacific garbage patch now twice …

Visual of Egg improvements

Egg improvements

Since it is Sunday, let's have a genetically photoshopped egg with a handy integrated eggholder. Not sure if these should be mass produced (if possible): Too painful for the …

Visual of Favorite explorations of 2009

Favorite explorations of 2009

As we bid farewell to 2009, it’s a good time to look back at our explorations of the year. Here are some of our most popular and peculiar posts, in case you missed them the first …

Visual of Fresh from the Pharm

Fresh from the Pharm

Will we in the future still buy several needs according food in shops, or will we grow M&M’s ourselves? There is a lot happening on in the field of food technology , think for …

Visual of From Genes, to Memes, to Temes

From Genes, to Memes, to Temes

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, …

Visual of How biotech will drive our evolution

How biotech will drive our evolution

Are you ready for some techno-optimism? Buckle up and enjoy the ride with bio-tech evangelist Gregory Stock . Some quotes from his prophetic TED talk : "We are seizing control of …

Visual of How to Grow a Sneaker

How to Grow a Sneaker

No silly. Of course sneakers can't be grown from transforming Koi Karpers. This is merely an fictional piece by Yoske Nishiumi. But then again, do you have any idea where your …

Visual of Hyperfins

Hyperfins

The next step in biomimetic body extentions for propelling yourself through water. Man moves on from copying ducks to become a dolphin-like cyborg. With these fins you can be …

Visual of Genomics & the mapping of a wine grape

Genomics & the mapping of a wine grape

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? Serial entrepreneur Barry Schuler explains the genomics revolution. We are now not just reading genomes, we are writing them. …

Visual of Medicine Square Garden

Medicine Square Garden

Peculiar image of the week by Martin Denker .

Visual of Mobile Evolution

Mobile Evolution

Miniaturization of mobile phones visualized in the style of a Russian Matroesjka doll. If this continues your phone will soon be small enough to fit into your tooth ? Created by …

Visual of Next Nest

Next Nest

When a bird builds a nest, we call it nature, but when a human puts up an apartment building, suddenly it’s culture? As if the dividing line between nature and culture wasn't …

Visual of OOMouse versus Magic Mouse

OOMouse versus Magic Mouse

Recently were introduced, the OOMouse ... ...and the Magic Mouse . Both tools are developed to browse the ones and zeros more easily. It almost seems unfair to compare them, so I …

Visual of Pelvis Rocking Chair

Pelvis Rocking Chair

It is nature, but not like we know it when chairs biomimic the pelvis. This anatomic Ruby rockingchair was designed by Pouyan Mokhtarani , Tehran (Iran). Via b oingboing.net | …

Visual of Plastic Birds

Plastic Birds

Bird spotting is not a typical activity for us next nature explorers, yet occasionally we bump into some birds worth mentioning (remember the amazing copy-paste bird , rubber duck …

Visual of Synthetic biology demystified

Synthetic biology demystified

://nextnature.net The expanding research culture of synthetic biology demystified in this TV item on the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition . Via Posthuman …

Visual of The Playboy Interview

The Playboy Interview

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto – and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse …

Visual of The World Without Technology

The World Without Technology

I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke – their food, …

Visual of Triceracopter

Triceracopter

The Triceracopter is half Triceratops, half helicopter. If dinosaurs and technology evolved at the same time, this is what the helicopter might have look like? Built as a …

Visual of Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Virtual Money Is a Pleonasm

Have you heard the buzz on virtual money in online games? Some years ago the first virtual millionaire was announced, yet there have also been reports on people being practically …

Visual of Why are carrots orange? It is political

Why are carrots orange? It is political

No, the image above does not some show some collection of freshly genetically designed hypercarrots in various colors of the rainbow. This is the spectrum of colors carrots used to have.

Visual of Wrapping Greenland

Wrapping Greenland

The Discovery series 'Ways to save the planet' the episode 'Wrapping Greenland ' shows how Dr. Jason Box uses reflective blankets to cover glaciers in Greenland. Due to global …

Visual of You are what you eat

You are what you eat

Evolution according to Ted Sabarese . Via Trendbeheer .

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This translation of the essay ' Real Nature is not Green ' is a special treat from and for our fellow Next Nature explorers in China. We thank the people of the Microwave …

Visual of A Whole New Species of Television is Born

A Whole New Species of Television is Born

So you thought the Razorius Gilletus essay was farsighted? Interestingly enough, Samsung is advertising its latest TV-set as a whole new species . Despite the obvious …

Visual of Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

Mushroom based plastics? Designer Eben Bayer must have eaten too much of the wondrous chanterelles perhaps? No seriously, the man is turning his vision into a reality with an …

Visual of Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and …

Visual of BioPong

BioPong

Techno-artists love insects. Especially their unpredictable behaviour. Eindhoven (NL) based design studio Ehdv used tracking software and connected some camera’to a bunch of wood …

Visual of Botnet Storm

Botnet Storm

No, this is not some solar system far, far away. Closer than you think, this is is a visualization of a botnet storm . For all you know this malicious virus, or one of its …

Visual of Cultivating the Money-verse

Cultivating the Money-verse

Alright, we were mistaken. Money isn't virtual after all.   A recent TV commercial of a Greek bank shed light on the issue. Your money lives, is anthropomorphic and inhabits an …

Visual of ECO Currency – Explanation Video

ECO Currency – Explanation Video

Earlier we have discussed the ECO currency , now here is an explanation video. The ECO currency is an alternative currency to express environmental value. People who conduct labor …

Visual of Engineered Bacteria heal Cracks in Walls

Engineered Bacteria heal Cracks in Walls

Researchers have designed bacteria that can produce a special glue to knit together cracks in concrete structures. Technews Daily reports the genetically modified microbes have …

Visual of Engineering Mosquitoes into Flying Vaccinators

Engineering Mosquitoes into Flying Vaccinators

Scientists have developed a mosquito that spreads vaccine instead of disease. The researchers, led by molecular geneticist Shigeto Yoshida of Jichi Medical University in Tochigi …

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European Parliament goes Next Nature

Alright the title "Making Perfect Life" ' may sound a bit 20th-century-modernistic-techno-optimistic-naive, but for the rest we are confident this conference is going to be pretty …

Visual of FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

FluDOC – Glowing Bacteria Show if You Have Influenza

Bacteria are traditionally perceived as infectious and unhealthy, but that is about to change. This week designer Jan van der Asdonk graduated from the Next Nature Lab at the TU/e …

Visual of From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

From Main Street to the Mansion: Disney, Playboy and the Next Nature of Sex and Death

Nature demanded that we make a choice between immortality and sex, but the Next Nature of the 21st century may not. For help, we can look back to the 20th Century, which had many …

Visual of Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Grow-a-NanoRaptor

Now here is an example of the fusion between the made and the born , most kids would crave for. Much better than the robotic dino toy. Designed by evolution! Hopefully this …

Visual of Half Life

Half Life

Meet the next species. Director David Lea's wondrous fantasy of remixed biodiversity after nuclear meltdown. Made for Greenpeace.

Visual of Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

Having Invented the Gods, Perhaps we can Turn into Them

My name is Jason Silva. I've spent the last 5 years hosting and producing a tv show on Al Gore's Emmy-winning Current TV network and I'm a fellow at the Hybrid Realities …

Visual of Here Comes the iPhone Virus

Here Comes the iPhone Virus

By analyzing billions of phone calls, researchers at Scandinavian telecom company Telenor , mapped how social connections between people – measured partly by how often they called …

Visual of ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010 , the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, …

Visual of Learning to Build Superman's House

Learning to Build Superman's House

Superman already knew it: Steered growth is the future of architecture. The lower picture was taken at the Industrias Peñoles nano-chrystal architecture lab in Chihuahuan, Mexico …

Visual of Let the Bacteria do the Cleaning

Let the Bacteria do the Cleaning

Dusting furniture and floors should be history in forty years time, as special bacteria in a yet to develop cleaning product will be eating the dirt. The speculative cleaning …

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Next Nature Introduction

This project - the Next Nature Network - is about Nature's brand image. One might surmise that "Nature," being 100 percent all-natural, can't have any brand image.  The facts …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #1: Quest for Fire

Next Nature Movie #1: Quest for Fire

The Quest for Fire (1981) shows the Next Nature of 80.000 BC. Set in a world without highways, supermarkets, airports, Internet, television, farming, money or written language, …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

Next Nature Movie #10 – Idiocracy

As we are nearing the end of the year, and anticipate you might have some time to watch a film, we discus our top 10 Next Nature movies. Idiocracy (2006) is not a great film, …

Visual of Next Nature Movie #4: Blade Runner

Next Nature Movie #4: Blade Runner

Look around you and try to find the most natural thing in the room you are in now. It is you. Now, you wouldn’t be so sure in the apocalyptic Los Angeles of 2019 depicted in Blade …

Visual of Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants

Nomadic Plants are a species assembled from a group of robotic-electronic-biological organisms living in symbiosis in order to survive in habitats affected by human activity. The …

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Rare mutation: Razorius Gilletus Vectrus

If you haven't read the recently posted essay " Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species ?", you probably won't understand much of the following. Anyhow, I'd want to …

Visual of Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Razorius Gilletus – On the Origin of a Next Species

Is the evolution of the single bladed razor into an exorbitant five–bladed vibrating gizmo the outcome of human needs, or is there another force in play? Say hello to Razorius …

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Recycled Island

Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating …

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Revisiting Jurassic Park

When searching for Next Nature in the world around us, one does not necessarily have to look at the present. The science fiction novel Jurassic Park, written in 1990 by the …

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Robosaurus eats Cars for Breakfast

The Robosaurus is the only airplane eating, fire breathing robot on the planet. Pity the thing is merely build for entertainment purposes. Perhaps this thing could finally solve …

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So thats where Phones come from

Really? I never knew. Biomimicmarketing strategies are getting crazier by the day.

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Stelarc wins Prix Ars Electronica

Glad to announce that performance artist Stelarc – who already for some decades incorporates themes of cyborgization and other human-machine interfaces in his (very bodily) work – …

Visual of Symphony of Science

Symphony of Science

As it is Sunday today, lets indulge in a scientific spiritual music video. Created by John Boswell . Thanks Finnigans Riverrun.

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Technostalgia

In Next Nature, not only old nature is being idealized. Because of the rapidness of new emerging technologies, we have a tendency to dwell on earlier prototypes. To recall …

Visual of The Crossing of Species

The Crossing of Species

Designer Bob de Graaf takes pleasure in collecting and combining objects from old nature & next nature in search for similarities. Surely a traditional biologist would not …

Visual of The Great Cleaving

The Great Cleaving

We usually just click 'Ok' on every update request, but perhaps the one proposed in this religiously uncanny video by Doctor AlexXross needs a bit more contemplation?

Visual of The Keyboard for a new generation

The Keyboard for a new generation

Peculiar object of the week. Via

Visual of The Stray Shopping Cart Project

The Stray Shopping Cart Project

"Until now, the major obstacle that has prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been that we have not had any formalized language to differentiate …

Visual of What does Technology want?

What does Technology want?

Technologist, environmentalist and nextnature thinker avant la lettre Kevin Kelly , muses on what technology means in our lives – from its impact at the personal level to its …

Visual of Amber Case: We are all Cyborgs Now

Amber Case: We are all Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says cyborg anthropologist Amber Case in her 8 minutes of TED . We become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens, relying on …

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An Ecstatic Dialogue with Richard Doyle

When techno–optimist and fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute , Jason Silva, meets with Richard Doyle, author of Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the …

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Ancient Man Impacted Environment Already

The human environmental impact on our planet is hardly underestimated nowadays. Scientist agree humans are to blame for Global Warming – some are already dreaming up scenario’s of …

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Beetle Egg

Our peculiar image of the week presents us the lustrous uncannyness of a Beetle car in its embryonic stage. Rest assure: this is fiction, however, metaphorically the sculpture by …

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Birdfeeders spit Blackcaps in two species

Until now, most people have likely regarded bird-feeders as merely a pleasant addition to their gardens. But scientists have now discovered that bird-feeders in the UK are …

Visual of Bulletproof Skin

Bulletproof Skin

Recent work of artist Jalila Essaïdi exemplifies of how science and art can meet and create meaningful inventions for society. Jalila Essaïdi used the spider silk produced by …

Visual of Cheiracanthium drives a Mazda

Cheiracanthium drives a Mazda

In March, Mazda recalled 65,000 cars, not because of any structural faults in the vehicle, but because the engineers had inadvertently created the perfect habitat for a tiny …

Visual of City Planning with Bright Bacteria

City Planning with Bright Bacteria

Renegade architect and futurist  Rachel Armstrong has proposed that our cities, currently constructed of dead trees, baked mud, and refined ore, need to be coated in a layer of …

Visual of Deus Ex: The EyeBorg Documentary

Deus Ex: The EyeBorg Documentary

Back in 2009 Rob Spence, a cyborg film maker, worked together with a team of ocularists, inventors, engineering specialists on a prosthetic eye which can capture and stream video. …

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Did Nature Cease to Exist in the '60s?

Our historical snippet of the moment is a Canadian television fragment from 1968 featuring a debate between Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan on the implications of media …

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E.Coli produced Spider Silk

In a previous post we have reported on spider silk, it's applications and the way it is produced. Adding the gene responsible for the production of the spider silk protein to …

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Earth 2.0 with Rachel Armstrong

What are the differences between Earth 1.0 and Earth 2.0 technologies? Rachel Armstrong explains.

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Entoforms

Artist Dolf Veenvliet ( Macouno ) is creating future fossil trilobites that have yet to exist. Using generative computer models, his Entoforms are not the result of millions of …

Visual of Evolutionary Janitors

Evolutionary Janitors

We normally think of polluted water as the source of disease, not the cure for it. The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, affectionately known as the Super Fun Superfund , is one of the …

Visual of Growing a Crystal Chair

Growing a Crystal Chair

Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka does not sculpt his work, but grows it. His Venus chair was created by immersing a plastic mesh substrate into a tank filled with a chemical …

Visual of Human Nature Forecast

Human Nature Forecast

Interview witth TEDx on how people are technological by nature, yet how we also need humane technology to remain human, or become even more human than we are today.

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Humane Technology #5: Empower People

Principle number five: Humane technology doesn't outsource people, but instead empowers them. How healthy or humane is it to have an escalator to the gym? Humane technology should …

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Labradoodle

Indulge in its cuteness. The Labradoodle brings us the finest blend between the labrador and the poodle. Combining sociability with beauty, they are the perfect human companion. …

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Nature will Remember

In this commercial, the sheep knows that the Peugeot has been made dirty by the splashing mud. Then it proceeds by cleaning it. Slogan: Nature will remember. We know that this …

Visual of Next Nature lecture: Gardening Complexity

Next Nature lecture: Gardening Complexity

No, the peculiar image above was not created by an in vitro fertilized child from the combined DNA of Escher, Mondrian and Pollock, but rather by 21th century designer Remco van …

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Nintendo Portables Are Breeding Grounds For Sexy Fun

Sexuality and sensuality are phenomena which have been a nature for us as long as we humans exist. Not only humans experience these phenomena; also animals experience sexuality …

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Plastic Planet

We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and throwaway bottles. But as an experiment, imagine for a moment …

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Robots Love Animals Too

Someday robots may lead fish to safety.  At least, that's the hope of Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and expert …

Visual of Spidergoats & Superskin

Spidergoats & Superskin

While some of us might have heard of the humorous but fictional ' spider pig ,' spidergoats are the real deal. Although you might expect to see them lounging in giant webs or …

Visual of System Animals

System Animals

What animal is so naive to come into this world as a naked and crying infant, completely vulnerable, helpless, and an easy prey for any predator? Newborn lamb or giraffe’s babies …

Visual of Technology: The 7th Kingdom of Life

Technology: The 7th Kingdom of Life

Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine talks about the nature of technology and propose to define technology as the 7th Kingdom of Life.

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The Institute for Digital Biology

" The Institute for Digital Biology researches next steps in the evolution of the internet, where websites and services develop into living creatures ." This scenario lives in the …

Visual of The Soul is a Plastic Bag

The Soul is a Plastic Bag

In the film Plastic Bag , the title character spends a lifetime (or more) on a quest for a creator not even aware of his existence.  A stunning short by Ramin Bahrani, director of …

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The Sound of the Blue Canary

Blue is a beautiful color, but its sound is simply irresistible. It is the song of the unhappy and the depressed. It is a sound that touches people. It was also the sound of a …

Visual of The Technological Sublime

The Technological Sublime

The sublime is an aesthetic concept of 'the exalted,' of beauty that is grand and dangerous. Through 17th and 18th century European intellectual tradition, the sublime became …

Visual of Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Tomberry – The Worlds Smallest Tomato

Some people like berries, some like tomato's. So what do you get when you get when the two mate? Indeed, the latest hyperfruit spotted on the selves is the Tomberry . This …

Visual of Urban Birds

Urban Birds

It's been known for a while that birds increase their singing volume to make themselves heard in the big city, but recent studies show that the city birds might even be evolving …

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Urban Birds have Bigger Brains

Researchers learned that city birds have larger brains relative to their body size. No, they are not getting big-headed from their exposure to big-city sophistication, but rather …

Visual of Army Protected Organic Foods

Army Protected Organic Foods

Over the last few decades, the public has been – and still is – creating awareness on the values of organically produced foods. For many foodies an important value of organic …

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Bacteria Inspire Magnetic Hard Drive

Certain types of bacteria can navigate using magnetic nanoparticles as tiny compasses. Researchers at the University of Leeds have extracted the protein that controls this process …

Visual of Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

Bonobos (And Maybe Baboons) Domesticated Themselves

While evidence indicates that humans  domesticated themselves , we're not the only primates capable of self-domestication. Bonobos and baboons have shown they are just as capable …

Visual of Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

Darwinian Selection of the Cowboy Hat

The standard story of the cowboy hat goes something like this: In 1865, J.B. Stetson went out west during the California gold rush. He observed that bowlers, raccoon hats, and …

Visual of Edible Implants

Edible Implants

Why turn to implants when the female body can do it by itself? Dutch designer Femke Mosch came up with the idea of making edible implants that stimulate breast growth from within.

Visual of Evolution Goes On

Evolution Goes On

Surely, some day smart phones want to find out where they come from too, no? Nextnatural comic on the origins of a next species by Dave Coverly .

Visual of Evolution is Blind

Evolution is Blind

...thus it walks into a lot of dead alleys. Peculiar image of the week.

Visual of Fake Leaf is Twice as Efficient as the Real Thing

Fake Leaf is Twice as Efficient as the Real Thing

Improving on photosynthesis has long been a dream for scientists. The so-called artificial leaf – which wouldn't necessarily look like one – would run on only solar energy and …

Visual of Get into Buckminster Fuller

Get into Buckminster Fuller

58:10 minute interview with polymath & nextnature thinker avant la lettre Buckminister Fuller.

Visual of IKEA Lamp Catches Elephantiasis Virus

IKEA Lamp Catches Elephantiasis Virus

Have you heard of Elephantiasis? It is a disease caused by microscopic parasitic worms that cause a thickening of the skin and underlying tissues. The disease typically occurs in …

Visual of Jewels from the Ocean

Jewels from the Ocean

Designer and former fashion model Barbara de Vries was cleaning plastic litter off her favorite beach in the Bahamas, when she noticed the plastic fragments were all uniquely …

Visual of Latro Algae Lamp

Latro Algae Lamp

As advances in nanotechnology bring us increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae could become attractive sources for tapping energy. The Latro lamp by …

Visual of Nanotech Diatoms

Nanotech Diatoms

No, those aren't plastic trinkets or beads from a craft store. They're diatoms, a group of single-celled algae, and unlike almost all of our current technologies, they can rapidly …

Visual of Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

Nanotech Water Bottle Harvests Water from the Air

The Namib desert gets less than a half an inch of rain per year, yet the stenocara beetle manages to survive in these punishing conditions. The beetle's secret lies in an array of …

Visual of Pineberry™

Pineberry™

More hypernatural designer-fruit. What do you get when you cross a strawberry and a pineapple? A pineberry, of course. Some seven years ago the pineberry was taken from its native …

Visual of Power, Water and Shelter from Giant Mushrooms?

Power, Water and Shelter from Giant Mushrooms?

In his (fictional!) documentary, designer and artist Tobias Revell sketches the city of New Mumbai powered by giant mushrooms. These genetically-engineered fungal organisms …

Visual of Spider-Man Gloves

Spider-Man Gloves

Imagine how much easier the job of window cleaners would be if they could simply scale walls like Spider-Man instead of using elevators, ladders and other gear. Ever since the …

Visual of Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

Montreal filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ documentary feature, Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement and reveals the risk of running the 21st …

Visual of The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

The Evolutionary History of Office Chairs

On the shortlist for the year's strangest book title , Jonathan Olivares'  A Taxonomy of Office Chairs charts the "evolution" of chairs from the 1840s to the present day. The …

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Video Game-Playing Robot Acts More "Human" than Humans

Computer-controlled players in video games can usually be spotted for their repetitive, illogical or unemotional behavior. Unlike humans, non-player characters (NPCs) don't get …

Visual of We want you to be Radically Open

We want you to be Radically Open

Can you do it? Do finish your lunch before clicking the link – or you might vaporise. The video was made by Jason Silva for the ongoing TEDGlobal 2012 which has Radical Openness …

Visual of What is Next Nature?

What is Next Nature?

At the Next Nature Power Show 2011 our master of ceremony, Koert van Mensvoort gave a mini lecture on our changing notion of Nature.

Visual of Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

Artifice Earth: Adam Rutherford on the Promises of Synthetic Biology

An interview about the history and promises of synthetic biology, and the problem with the word "nature".

Visual of Microchips Learn to Repair Themselves

Microchips Learn to Repair Themselves

Taking a cue from the human brain, a new microchip can rewire itself after damage.

Visual of Brick Era

Brick Era

Mankind has expanded the variety of stones found on the planet.

Visual of Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Chrysler Looks to Human Lungs for a Better Gas Tank

Alveoli in human lungs serve as the inspiration for designing better, stronger ways of storing compressed natural gas.

Visual of Computer Algorithms Are Already Replacing Human Journalists

Computer Algorithms Are Already Replacing Human Journalists

Will writing software eventually replace journalists?

Visual of Disgusting, these Stingray Sneakers

Disgusting, these Stingray Sneakers

Dutch NRC features a wonderful article today on our online film project The Rise & Fall of Rayfish Footwear.

Visual of EcoBot III: a Robot that Produces Energy Fueled by Organic Matter

EcoBot III: a Robot that Produces Energy Fueled by Organic Matter

There are robots that look like people, and then there are robots, like the Ecobot III, that look nothing like humans but have our same biological needs: they have to eat, digest …

Visual of Evolving Soft Robots

Evolving Soft Robots

A parade of puffing creatures you can not miss.

Visual of Buckle up for Black Sky Thinking

Buckle up for Black Sky Thinking

How can we anticipate what happens after the technological singularity?

Visual of Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

Homemade Robot Designed from Recycled Scraps

A Chinese inventor created a $24,500 robot from junkyard scraps.

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Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and "Father" of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research.

Visual of Let's Build a Garden on Mars

Let's Build a Garden on Mars

One would need a gardening robot, fitted plant species and some kind of dome structure for the plants to grow in.

Visual of Lets Grow a Glowing Plant

Lets Grow a Glowing Plant

Some four years ago we wrote about a plan to create bioluminescent trees that would replace streetlights. This dream is getting closer.

Visual of Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Moving From Password to Biometric Data

Unlock our devices with our fingerprint, this technology for security represents a change in our digital life.

Visual of Nature Documentary 2.0

Nature Documentary 2.0

Ironic nature documentary on the new symbiosis in the ocean between trash and wildlife. Created by Studio Smack for Greenpeace .

Visual of Nature through the Windshield

Nature through the Windshield

Volume magazine interviews Next Nature founder Koert van Mensvoort.

Visual of Next Nature saves Old Nature

Next Nature saves Old Nature

Conservation workers ask synthetic biologists to help them save the world's endangered creatures and habitats.

Visual of Plastic makes the world go round

Plastic makes the world go round

Cockroaches will inherit the world after humans are gone? Maybe not. Seeing plastic as the new moss, or algae, photographer Jeanny Kaethoven makes this beautiful pictures of …

Visual of Purple GM Tomatoes Prevent Cancer

Purple GM Tomatoes Prevent Cancer

A new strain of purple GM tomatoes last longer on shelves and help out cancer-prone mice.

Visual of Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Researcher Create Fully Artificial Proteins

Body builders rejoice: scientists have synthesized the world's first artificial proteins.

Visual of Rollin' Safari

Rollin' Safari

Assuming that true wildlife hàs gone extinct... Who needs the real thing when you can have a Next Safari ? Let's go and hunt for the plastic birds on the beach or watch genuine …

Visual of Synthetic Biology for Dummies

Synthetic Biology for Dummies

Arguably the most accessible synthetic biology explanation video so far.

Visual of The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The Future of Solar Power? Snail Teeth!

The gumboot chiton snail produces the hardest biomineral known on earth - and it may hold the secret to better nanotechnology.

Visual of The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses the promises and realities of synthetic biology.

Visual of The Six Epochs of Evolution

The Six Epochs of Evolution

Buckle up for a cinematic espresso show from Jason Silva on the various epochs of evolution.

Visual of Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Toss the Brita: Bacteria Can Filter Antibiotics from Water

Filter and recover antibiotics from drinking water using only bacteria, water and sunlight.

Visual of We are already Cyborgs

We are already Cyborgs

Buckle up for another cinematic espresso shot from our favorite performance philosopher Jason Silva.

Visual of What Will We Look Like in 100,000 Years?

What Will We Look Like in 100,000 Years?

In 100,000 years human beings might look like a manga character: big intense eyes, high forehead, large head, straight nose, more pigmented skin, and perfect symmetry. “There will …

Visual of When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

When Is Biomimicry Not Really Biomimicry?

A entomologist gives another explanation for that famous fruit fly with ant-patterned wings: it's not evolution, it's human error.

Visual of A Conversation with Kevin Kelly

A Conversation with Kevin Kelly

Buckle up for a 1:11:28 interview with technology philosopher and founding editor of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly.

Visual of A Plan to Eliminate Predators

A Plan to Eliminate Predators

British philosopher David Pearce believes we should to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.

Visual of Animals Love Technology

Animals Love Technology

A macaque stole a tourist's iPhone and fiddled around with it like a human would.

Visual of Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Artificial Cells Built From Silicon

Scientists designed artificial cells built from silicon, able to copy basic functions of life.

Visual of Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

Biofabricate – NN Lecture in New York

4th of December Dr Van Mensvoort lectures in New York at the BIOFABRICA summit. Other speakers include Paola Antonelli and Andras Forgac.

Visual of Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Cars increasingly rely on technology designed to make driving easier and safer. But are these improvements creating less-skilled drivers?

Visual of Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

Bugs Developed Immunity to GMO Corn

The Western Corn Rootworm has evolved to eat genetically engineered corn, designed to kill it.

Visual of Confused Wings Flapping in Electrosmog

Confused Wings Flapping in Electrosmog

Electromagnetic fields confuse European robins.

Visual of Domestication as a Last Refuge

Domestication as a Last Refuge

In glass capsules endangered rainforest flora will be able to survive regardless of what happens to their natural habitat.

Visual of How Technology becomes Nature

How Technology becomes Nature

In this talk at TEDxGhent, our own Dr. Van Mensvoort shows how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that.

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Join the Bio Art & Design Awards

So, you are well aware that biotech will drive our evolution , you took the crash course on synthetic genomics , you’ve got your map of the DNA world in your backpack and are now …

Visual of Nano-motors in Living Cells

Nano-motors in Living Cells

Scientists succeeded in implanting non toxic nano-motors into living cells.

Visual of New Plant Paradigms

New Plant Paradigms

In this approaching era, what might be biologically possible for plants?

Visual of Pentagonal Orange

Pentagonal Orange

Japanese farmers have created pentagon-shaped oranges.

Visual of Professions Of The Future

Professions Of The Future

As technology evolves, what today seems like science fiction may be the job market of tomorrow: 11 professions of the future.

Visual of Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Pyramid of Technology: How technology becomes nature in seven steps

How technology becomes nature in seven steps

Visual of Reinventing Nature with Synthetic Biology

Reinventing Nature with Synthetic Biology

Bioengineer Drew Endy shares his idea of biology as a precision manufacturer that could potentially transform civilization as we know it.

Visual of Robots Are Not Supposed To Think

Robots Are Not Supposed To Think

Empathy for Robots. May cause feelings of Anthropomorphobia.

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Scientists Created "Alien-DNA"

US-scientists extended the DNA alphabet with two new created 'foreign' building-blocks.

Visual of Signs From The Near Future

Signs From The Near Future

Will these futuristic signs become part of our near future?

Visual of Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

Bowerbirds' Plastic Love Nest

To attract a female, male bower birds build structures and adorn these with colorful plastic decoration.

Visual of To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

Buckle up for a new video from our favorite performance philosopher Jason Silva: To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman.

Visual of We Are Weaker Than Our Ancestors

We Are Weaker Than Our Ancestors

Human fitness has decreased so significantly that even the strongest of us would consider ancient men to have a supernatural force.

Visual of What Bits Want

What Bits Want

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.

Visual of What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Since Darwin we tend to look at the biological world exclusively in economical terms. The idea that monkey's, frogs, or even ants do more than simply propagate, doesn't find much acceptance among scientists. And yet, even crayfishes at times seem to displace objects just for fun.

Visual of Why Robots Need Personalities

Why Robots Need Personalities

Social roboticist Heather Knight explains why we should give robots personalities.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

It's more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a …

Visual of Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

Due to human action, 1300 bird species are seriously in decline. Other birds have learned to live with humans and profit from their presence.

Visual of Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

With cities covering growing area of land, we humans and our spaces build the new wilderness for animals and plants.

Visual of Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

Bio Art & Design Awards 2015

If we are going to mutate the made & the born, let us at least do this creatively.

Visual of Biomimicry in Action

Biomimicry in Action

An inspiring topic about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus gave a talk on how nature influenced our future.

Visual of Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Cities Evolve in Similar Ways as Galaxies

Scientists think the laws governing the structure of galaxies in outer space are the same laws underlying the growth of cities.

Visual of Diseases Of The Future

Diseases Of The Future

Nowadays humans suffer from diseases that didn't exist in the past, a trend that will probably continue into the future. A wide range of new disorders, especially related to the …

Visual of First Puppies Born by In Vitro Fertilization

First Puppies Born by In Vitro Fertilization

Thanks to the work of researchers at Cornell University (USA), for the first time a litter of puppies was born entirely from in vitro fertilization.

Visual of Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

Gene-Edited Micropigs Will Be Soon Sold As Pets

Earlier this year, a group of Chinese scientists published a paper about the modification of the genome of human embryos with the cutting-edge powerful technique called CRISPRs. …

Visual of Genetic Modification Could Prevent TB

Genetic Modification Could Prevent TB

It was announced this week that genetic modification allowed scientists to produce cattle resistant to tuberculosis.

Visual of Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

A new biotech startup seeks to hack our cells to use solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen.

Visual of High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

An innovative solution to a better way for transportation: a high-speed elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

Visual of How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin  the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by …

Visual of Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines

We had the honor of hosting Bruce Sterling in our Next Nature Network headquarters to talk to him about the concept of the convergence of humans and machines.

Visual of Abandoning Modern Life to Live as a Goat

Abandoning Modern Life to Live as a Goat

Conceptual designer Thomas Thwaites is currently investigating and experiencing to live life as a goat.

Visual of Plastivore – A Bird that Feeds on Plastic

Plastivore – A Bird that Feeds on Plastic

The speculative 'Plastivore' bird thrives on a diet of fungi and plastics.

Visual of Recreating Woolly Mammoth DNA

Recreating Woolly Mammoth DNA

Scientists at Harvard University inserted wooly mammoth DNA into the genome of the Asian elephant.

Visual of Seowoo and her Pink Things

Seowoo and her Pink Things

Nowadays the average teenager has more personal pink belongings than an emperor one thousand years ago

Visual of What if Humans Disappeared?

What if Humans Disappeared?

What could happen if humans would just disappear?

Visual of The Coywolf: 65% Wolf, 25% Coyote, 10% Dog

The Coywolf: 65% Wolf, 25% Coyote, 10% Dog

The coywolf: an animal that has the DNA of the wolves, coyotes and dogs.

Visual of A Piece of Cake for Your Dog

A Piece of Cake for Your Dog

Farming introduction changed dog's digestive system.

Visual of Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Interview: Agi Haines, Speculative Artist Who Wants to Redesign the Human Body

Speculative designer Agi Haines' work focuses on (re)designing the human body, and speculates upon future scenarios.

Visual of Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Landfills Cause Changes in Bird Migration

Garbage dumps may not be very attractive places for us but they sure are for animals. A study published in Science Advances shows how certain groups of storks modified (and …

Visual of A Mosquito Factory to Defeat Zika Virus

A Mosquito Factory to Defeat Zika Virus

There's a factory in China that produces mosquitos and their plan is to defeat the Zika virus.

Visual of What if Mosquitoes Were Only a Zoo Species?

What if Mosquitoes Were Only a Zoo Species?

Genetic engineers are developing techniques to kill several types of mosquitoes.

Visual of New Diets for Cows Can Stop Gas Emissions

New Diets for Cows Can Stop Gas Emissions

Yearly 90 million metric tonnes of methane are burped and farted into the atmosphere by cattle with effects on climate change. Researchers are looking for ways to change the cow's diet, feeding it oregano, seaweed and super grass.

Visual of Reversing Evolution with a Legless Mouse

Reversing Evolution with a Legless Mouse

At a lab in Berkeley, California, there’s a mouse with no legs. Its head, torso, and tail are normal. It just lacks limbs. It didn’t lose those limbs; it just never grew them originally.

Visual of Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

Artificial Light Threatens Pollination

A recent study demonstrated how artificial light is a serious threat to plant pollination. It puts plant reproduction in danger, as well as the whole ecosystem.

Visual of Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

Boat Noise Makes Fish Bad Parents

A study revealed that the sound of motorboat engines disturbs coral reef fish so acutely it changes their behavior, making them bad parents.

Visual of Climate Change Turns Leaves into Junk Food

Climate Change Turns Leaves into Junk Food

Climate change turns rainforest leaves into junk food.

Visual of Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Teaching Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are littered everywhere. But now, two Dutch designers have come up with a unique solution to the problem: the Crowbar.

Visual of Orange Petunias Banned in Europe

Orange Petunias Banned in Europe

GM varieties of petunia are not authorized for cultivation in the EU.

Visual of Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

Pink GM Chicken Marks Anthropocene

The Pink Chicken Project suggests modifying chickens’ DNA in order to send a message about our Earth health.

Visual of Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is a workshop-in-a-box that helps you better understand technology and catalyze innovative processes.

Visual of GM Self-Destroying Moths

GM Self-Destroying Moths

Open-air tests of self-destructing moths mark a new frontier for GMOs.

Visual of Ermi van Oers wants to bring  living light to your living room

Ermi van Oers wants to bring living light to your living room

The Living Light harnesses plant energy to provide light. We spoke to its designer, Ermi van Oers, to find out more about the unique product.

Visual of Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. …

Visual of Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

Interview: Designer Shahar Livne is geomimicing the future of plastics

We sat down with Shahar Livne, an Israeli-born designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven to talk about her vision on the future of plastics.

Visual of The Great Pacific garbage

The Great Pacific garbage "patch" is now three times the size of France

Mon dieu! The swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an exponential rate. A recent study has estimated that the mass of the garbage island is four to sixteen …