Tag: Guided Growth

Artificial-Glaciers
Hypernature

Fake Glaciers for Real Needs

Glaciers around the world are melting due to global warming, that is not news. If you live in a city, the effects of climate change may not be visible yet, but in villages and communities highly dependent on regular seasonal cycles, a severe drought or a sudden flood make a huge difference on the wellbeing of its habitants. This is what motivated engineer Sonam Wangchuk to create fake glaciers that are already improving the life of people in Ladakh, Himalayas.

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brick
Guided Growth

Future Architecture: Digesting Walls

A bio reactor inside a wall in your house may sound a bit scary. Some researcher, however, thought this could be a great idea and started the LIAR (Living Architecture) project. They are working at the University of West England to design and develop a modular bioreactor-wall with living bricks, turning a wall into a digesting organism.

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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.

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solar panels rainforest connection
Anthropocene

Old Cellphones to Fight Deforestation

The rainforest produces an extraordinary symphony that drowns out the threatening sound of the lumberjack chainsaws. To protect it, American start-up Rainforest Connection transformed recycled cell-phones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices. This low-cost solar tracking system is able to intercept illicit activities, mainly deforestation, and alert the rangers in real time. His founder is Californian engineer Tropher White. With the help of indigenous tribes he was able to make his ambitious project operational.

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guy does a fecal matter transplant using friend's poop
Microbial Factories

Using Feces as Medicine

Meet freelance-biophysicist Josiah Zayner. He’s one of those people who decided to take matters into his own hands when his life became substantially affected by severe gastrointestinal pain. Taking the matter into his own hands proved to be quite messy, since the matter he was handling consisted of human feces, and not even his own.

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the salt factory
Manufactured Landscapes

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

Erosion and desertification are two of the biggest changes we are facing today. According to the United Nations they are “the greatest threat to our planet”. Intensive agriculture and urbanization are among the causes of this emergency state of climate shift. This causes yearly losses of 12 million hectares of land, right when our population is highly increasing. Given this actual status, Dutch innovator Eric Geboers came up with a solution to use only locally available resources. His idea is to pump seawater to establish a well-functioning, independent ecosystem in desertified areas.

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Silk Pavilion
Wild Systems

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our neurons, by our electronically augmented minds, by our technologically mediated social interactions, or by our machines themselves. We are our bodies, whether they are born in womb or test tube, our genes inherited or designed, organs augmented, repaired, transplanted, or manufactured.

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