A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are growing, leading local police officers to believe a network of organized crime is seeking to profit from escalating honey prices. It appears the search for the liquid gold is on a quest to prevail, since prices for native Manuka honey have tripled in value since 2012.
Throughout the years we have seen some extraordinary new generation of painters. After the Pollockocopter drone, the bugs paintings and the drawing bot, it is our honor to introduce you to Pigcasso, an arty pig from Cape Coast. After being rescued from a slaughterhouse, this 450-pounds pig found her true calling: art. The expressionist pig is not afraid of color (or your opinion whatsoever) and authenticates her artworks by dipping her nose in the paint. Now that’s a way of bringing home the bacon!
Peculiar image of the week. Photo by Joanne Lefson
Contactless payments are becoming ever more ubiquitous. A single tap of your card, smartphone, key fob, or smartwatch easily does the trick. Besides the “conventional” payment methods, we have seen a biohacker paying with his thumb and an artist paying with hugs. So what’s next? Hong Kong-based tech company Tappy believes the future of wireless payments is in jewelry.
For most Swedes today sustainability is a way of life. They eat, buy, work and travel with the environment in mind, from their shopping carts filled with fair trade products to the yearly carbon emissions reduced by 23% since 1990. In line with this conscious consumer mindset, the Swedish government proposed two economic changes; both ment to shift from a throwaway culture to an economy built on long-lasting and repairable goods.
A study by Cambridge and Stanford Universities found that Facebook can understand you better than your closest friend based only on a handful of likes. We are what we like. This is the power of artificial intelligence combined with the value of data. Personal data comes in all shapes and sizes: from the data we generate online, to the data captured by our smartphones as we go about our daily lives. Data is a currency that we use almost every day to buy services. We don’t pay to use Facebook with money. Instead, we give away our data (every click, scroll and like) in exchange for using the platform. This seems like a good deal right? But how valuable is your data?
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.
From this month onwards, Japanese people can use bitcoins to pay their electricity bills. The land of the rising sun is the first country to accept the digital currency as payment method for basic services. This move represents a huge step for a system that started deep in the web and that is slowly reaching the surface of our everyday life.
After cigarettes, postage stamps and mackerel, a new currency emerged in US prisons: instant ramen noodles. A new study found out that ramen became a valuable commodity to inmates, as cost-cutting measures in US prisons led to the deterioration of food quality. The noodle currency is used for trading food, clothes, hygiene products and services.