Tag: Hypernature

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Biopolitics

Eco Currency Questions

In December 2014 Radiolab had a show about Worth. The third segment discussed possibilities to put a price-tag on nature, and what this would implicate. Another interesting perspective on an eco-currency. In their own words:

“Back in 1997, a team of scientists slapped a giant price tag on the earth. They calculated the dollar value of every ecosystem on the planet, and tallied it all up: 142.7 trillion dollars. It’s a powerful form of sticker shock — one that could give environmentalists ammunition to protect wetlands and save forests. But some people argue it actually devalues something that should be seen as priceless. Then the apple farmers of Mao county in central China turn this whole debate upside down and make us question the value of understanding nature in terms of dollars and cents.”

Listen to the story here. Image via Shutterstock.

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Hypernature

Neon Waterfalls

Natural landscape lit up by artificial light. It’s Neon Luminance, a project by San Francisco-based photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard, that transforms the waterfalls of Northern California into a glowing scenery using a colorful range of glow sticks, lasers, road flares, headlamps.

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Guided Growth

The Designer who Grows Furniture

When Gavin Munro was playing in his garden as a young boy, he noticed that an overgrown bonsai tree had the distinct appearance of a chair. Soon after, he got a spinal graft, requiring him to wear a back brace to heal and align his bones: “There were long periods of staying still, plenty of time to observe everything going on and reflect” he recalls.

Today Munro is creating a farm where planted trees can be grown around braces and harvested as fully formed chairs, sculptures, lamps, and tables.

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Anthropocene

Anthropo-scene #9: Sense, Sensors, Sensitivity

In 1928 Alfred Döblin, one of Germany’s great authors, wrote a book that in my eyes should become part of the official intellectual ancestry of the Anthropocene. It’s called “Das Ich über der Natur”, the Self Above Nature. But it’s not about human arrogance and domination of Earth, quite the opposite. Döblin describes ways how to immerse ourselves in Nature.

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Hypernature

Horizontal Trees

Biologist Alina Schick developed trees that grow sideways, instead of growing upwards. Called GraviPlant, these plants seem to challenge the force of gravity indeed. Schick used a clever trick to make that happen and she hopes this unusual technique will become a new way to go green in the city.

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Hypernature

Controlling the Weather with Drones

Humans have dreamed of taking control of the weather for ages. Now that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are on the rise, this might become one of their next tasks. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) picked six test sites throughout the US to experiment with drone-based cloud seeding.

Cloud seeding is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from the clouds. Previously this technique was applied in other ways like launching silver iodide rockets into the clouds from the ground. This happened during the chinese olympics for example. The goal of this study is to make weather control more affordable and easier to control by using UAVs.

Imagine the possibilities of this technology, it could have significant effects on agriculture and arid areas. Soon there might be UAVs able to turn deserts into oases or the 25th of December into a white Christmas at the flick of a switch!

Read more at Accuweather and TheCreatorsproject

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Augmented-Bodies

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells.

The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades.

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Anthropocene

Next Nature Talk at Nature 3.x Symposium

This weekend, Next Nature Network creative director Dr. Van Mensvoort will lecture at Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The multi-disciplinary conference is co-organized by Professor Matthew Tucker and Professor Christine Baeumler at the University of Minnesota. The event will bring together professionals from various disciplines to meditate on how the global environmental problems of the Anthropocene change our involvement with nature. The discussion will include post-industrial feral landscape ecology, eco-toxic tourism, manufactured urban ecosystems, post-natural disaster resiliency planning, hypernature and technology, and genetically modified environments.

The symposium is free and public, so make sure to drop by if you live around!

Next Nature @ Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now?
Saturday, April 18 
5 pm – 6 pm
U of MN Northrop Best Buy Theater, Minneapolis, USA