Tag: Hypernature

Australia
Information Decoration

Australia Moves Too Fast for GPS

Australia isn’t where you think it is! The continent is moving seven centimeters (2.75 inches) up northwards each year. From 1994, when the current coordinates of Australia were set, the land has shifted 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). It might not seem like a big deal, but it is still enough to disrupt global navigation satellite systems, putting Australia out of sync. This affects GPS, meteorologists, automated cars and even drones. For example, without updating the GPS, a delivery drone will leave the package at your neighbor’s house, instead of yours.

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View of Earth from the surface of Mars
Image Consumption

Greetings from Mars

Since plans for conquering the Red Planet are becoming more serious, we should get acquainted with the possible view from up there. The distance between Mars and the Earth is about 50 milion miles. One martian year lasts approximately 687 terrestrial days, but one day is just 37 minutes longer than our 24h standard. Don’t let it fool you: Mars is not a pleasant environment at all. There are numerous aspects that make us think twice before we decide to move there.

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Solar energy plant Marocco
Manufactured Landscapes

Imported African Sun: Coming Soon

The moroccan town of Ouarzazate became famous when his desertic landscapes and sunny weather atracted Hollywood producers to film movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator. Now it’s time for it to shine with a new light. The recently opened Noor solar power plant is the biggest in the world. It will power Morocco and, if everything goes as planned, will make imported solar energy a reality.

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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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Water Bear Withstands X Ray Radiation
Hypernature

This Indestructible Micro-Animal Will Help Us

He can withstand enormous heat (up to 100°C) and cold (around minus 240°C), high pressure (7.5GPa), immersion in organic solvent, frozen vacuum of space and radiation. And he’s not just an imaginary superhero. Meet Ramazzottius Varieornatus from phylum Tardigrades, commonly known as water bear. This tiny yet powerful invertebrate may help humans to conquer the space.

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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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fake-photography
Hypernature

Animal Fauxtography

Fake photography, or fauxtography, has been around since the invention of cameras and nature is one of the most popular subjects of dishonest photographers. From the mythical Loch Ness to the cheesy frogs using a leaf as umbrella, these images have been published in newspapers and spread virally on the web creating a fake perception of nature in the mind of millions around the world.

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