Tag: Hypernature

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Augmented-Bodies

Get Infrared Sight with a Vitamine Diet

In the field of transhumanism there are a lot of pioneers that want to improve their own bodies with electronic hardware to extend the human capacities – the so called grinders. We already reported about Tim Cannon, who self-implanted a small computer inside his arm and the invisible headphone implants by Rich Lee. There is also the online community Biohack.me, that discuss body-hack purposes.

Now there comes a daring group of 4 bio-hackers from various backgrounds, with a crowdfunded project: they developed a protocol to augment human sight to see into the near infrared range through human formation of porphyropsin. It is the same protein complex that grants infrared vision to freshwater fish and it can be extracted from their livers.

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Designed-by-Evolution

New Plant Paradigms

“Imagine if we understood the mechanisms of biological systems well enough to be able to engineer whatever is biologically possible.”

In his book The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen and What to Do, Daniel Berleantprofessor in the Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Arkansas – proposes future scenarios for different vital areas of discussion, spanning from the current century to nearly eternity.

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Biomimicry

Bionic Plants

A group of chemical engineers and biochemists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a new study presenting a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis.

Embedding carbon nanotubes – microscopic tubes thinner than a human hair able to absorb sunlight and convert it to electron flow – inside the leaves, they were able to augment the amount of light energy captured by the plant.

“Plants have, for a long time, provided us with valuable products like food, biofuels, construction materials and the oxygen we breathe”, explains plant biologist and chemical engineer Juan Pablo Giraldo. “We envisioned them as new hybrid biomaterials for solar energy harnessing, self-repairing materials and chemical detectors of pollutants, pesticides, and fungal and bacterial infections.”
Rebuilding plants into bionic superpowered energy photosynthesizers.

Read more on: Scientific American

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Hypernature

Glow in the Dark Trees

Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his  highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies. 

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Humane-Technology

Recovering Phosphorus from Wastewater

Phosphorus is an essential element for all living creatures: plants, animals and humans. It is necessary for the body biological processes and for the building of DNA blocks. In agriculture it has been used as a fertilizer and it can be found in detergents and drinks, as well. Because of the extensive use of Phosphorus by farmers and industries it accumulates in rivers, polluting water and soil.

The Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies (IWKS) found a way to remove Phosphorus from water, saving and reusing the valuable material at the same time.

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Biopolitics

Electricity From Plants

Imagine you are spending a nice sunny day at the park. Like all good Society of Simulations inhabitants, you want to take a picture of your friends and the amazing picnic you are having, to post it on your social networks. Bummer! The battery of your mobile phone is dead. And of course, there isn’t any electric socket anywhere near. This difficulty soon might be a problem of the past. Dutch technostarter Plant-e designs and develops products that use living plants to generate electricity.

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Biopolitics

Using Wood to Purify Water

Clean drinking water is vital for all human beings. But unfortunately, not everybody has access to safe and uncontaminated water. 3,4 million people, especially children, die annually from water-related diseases.
There are multiple solutions to provide clean drinking water, even in very remote areas. Some are useful, but most of them are also expensive. Using wood might be the most inexpensive, accessible and simple way to clean water, so far.

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Augmented-Bodies

Nano-motors in Living Cells

American scientists made a breakthrough with medical nano-bots. Thanks to nanotechnology in the near future it could be possible for people to operate inside their body, fighting disease and monitoring general health.

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Fake-nature

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

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