Tag: Guided Growth
GMO Trees to Simplify Paper Production
Researchers – at University of British Columbia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University – have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel.
A project that could reduce the use of chemicals and energy and create fewer environmental pollutants in tree-processing.
Spider Silk will be Commercialized in 2015
Next Nature and the Curse of Oil
The Next Nature network is admirably raising awareness of the fact that our received and even critical understanding of nature as something opposed and underlying culture (“old nature”) is outdated – if it ever has been valid. Following this, the project wants to take the insight further by insisting that because nature has always been cultural, the next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are (and always have been) escaping control, becoming autonomous, and thereby forming the eponymous “next nature”.
By TERE VADÉN
Fish Fins vs Bones
After investigating how to regrow bones with silk, biologists found out that zebrafish, a tropical fish native to the Himalayan region but very common in tanks, could be studied for the same purpose. In fact, this aquatic species has the amazing ability to regenerate lost appendages, such as fins.
Researchers at the University of Oregon discovered that this process is applicable to human bones as well.
Mushrooms to Grow Surfboards, Shoes, and Even Your House
Mushrooms are set to replace petroleum-based packaging... and a lot of other things too.
Care for a Meat Flower Amuse?
While vegetarian food products typically mimic existing meat products, the meat flower reverses this principle: In vitro technology is used to grow meat in the shape of a flower.
The Meat Flower is illustrative for the diminishing of borders between ‘meat’ and ‘vegetarian’ due to emerging technology: although the cultured meat is grown from animal cells, no animals are hurt and injured in the process.
Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City
Biosynthetic design is usually discussed at the scale of the individual product. But the city – itself a mixture of synthetic interventions within biological systems – can be considered a more complex piece of biosynthetic design. Conversations in urban planning have moved away from blunt engineering and the evisceration of species to serve human convenience, towards balanced management and co-existence. Joyce Hwang discusses the challenges for designers, and gains for citizens, of living in a truly biosynthetic city.
This essay originally appeared in Volume magazine #35. Get your copy here.
Electricity Travels Through Spider Web
In future electric cables could be made ??of spider webs. 100% natural electric cables, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s possible! Researcher at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory of Tallahassee, Florida, found out that spider silk becomes a robust and flexible electricity conductor if coated with carbon nanotubes.
Interview: Arne Hendriks, Researcher and “Father” of The Incredible Shrinking Man
The next guest in our interview series is Arne Hendriks, Dutch artist, exhibition maker, researcher and historian. He teaches at the Next Nature Lab of the Technical University in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Hendriks’s activity explores the positive transformative power of creative impulses and the importance of fundamental free scientific research. In his speculative design research, the strange and the familiar continuously swap places to provoke conflicting perspectives.
His investigation The Incredible Shrinking Man, that proposes to reduce the human species to a height of 50 cm, where individuals would only need about 2% of what is consumed today, is nominated for the Dutch Design Award, in the category Future Concept – competing with the NANO Supermarket, among others.
Waiting for the winners announce, in late October, we talked with Arne Hendriks about the possible benefits of shrinking, technology, trust and a thorny issues for which he asked for our readers advice.
New York Preps for Climate Change by Building New Wetlands
New York City plans to combat hurricanes with "soft edges" composed of marshes and beaches.