Tag: Hypernature

sandra rey eco coin award
Microbial Factories

ECO Coin Award Interviews: Sandra Rey

The world is changing and it’s important that we evolve with it. The ECO Coin Award is our way of recognizing innovations and initiatives which help us adapt to our next nature. The nominees are all aiming to create a more humane and sustainable future for us all. Now, in the lead-up to the announcement of this year’s winner, we’re interviewing each of the three finalists to learn about their values, insights and visions for the future. This week, we spoke to Sandra Rey, founder of Glowee, nominated in recognition of her work to harness bioluminescence as a new light source.

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ants
Hypernature

Lazy Worker Ants

When looking at a crowded street from far above, it’s easy to make the comparison between humans and ants and think “we’re just like ants, aren’t we?”. Swarming around, running from place to place: we can be quite busy creatures. Although there are some crucial differences between us and them, ants can give us some interesting insights into our own systems, by showing us theirs.

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Internet of Bees
Hypernature

The Internet of Bees

Do you ever wonder what bees talk about amongst themselves? A beehive is a very busy home, and gossip must spread fast. But what kind of information can we take from that buzz of conversation? With the help of a new monitoring system, a Canadian researcher is hoping to find out.

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talk with plants
Hypernature

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to have a chat with a plant? If so, make sure to visit the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

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sun influences elections
Wild Systems

When the Sun Casts Its Vote

Voter fraud is a major worry for any democracy, but for the federal election held in the Belgian city of Schaerbeek in 2003 an unlikely culprit was implicated: the sun. After 14 years from that vote, the academic Bhurat Bhuva presented this bizarre conclusion at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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mushrooms
Hypernature

Growing Mushrooms on Grass

Drop your baskets and forget all you know about mushrooms picking. Juncao (literally translated “fungus grass”), developed by Lin Zhanxi, a professor at China’s Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, now makes it possible to grow edible and medicinal fungi on chopped grass or herbal plants.

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high-altitude wind energy
Manufactured Landscapes

Will Kites Provide Wind Energy in the Future?

Wind technology is the star of the US. It can power 25 million homes, but it has some drawbacks. Wind turbines are expensive and can only capture winds that come at ground level. If you’ve sat and watched the clouds roll by, you know the wind moves more steadily in the higher atmosphere. Grounded turbines just can’t reach high-altitude wind energy. Kites, however, can.

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DNA
Microbial Factories

Bacteria Are the New Hard Drives

DNA is the densest known storage medium in the universe. It can store immense amounts of data in a very tiny amount of space. To give some perspective, these building blocks of life can hold 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (one quintillion) bytes of information in a cubic millimeter. That is why researchers, from Harvard to Microsoft, are looking for ways to leverage this incredible resource.

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