Breaking the silence, vegetables in a Japanese supermarket start to talk to the customers. Founded and developed by Uda Lab and Hakuhodo I-Studio’s HACKist Creative Lab, this unique in-store promotion prototype, Talkable Vegetables, was tested starting this summer in Hug Mart in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
By now, we are used to uncanny humanoid robots giving us shivers of anthropomorphobia, but at times biology can do that too. Is that Mother Nature showing herself in that tree? Or do people just have an amazing ability to recognize people in almost anything?
Peculiar image of the week, via Amazing Trees.
The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From Rome to Brussels consumer groups rise up against it. The reason? This deal could get never-seen-before genetically modified organisms on the supermarket shelves.
Although the trade and the human consumption of GMO animal products are outright banned, there are some bugs in the system, such as the recent “jellyfish-lamb” case. France went into a panic because a lamb that was the offspring of a sheep modified to express a green fluorescent protein made it to market. All over the world biologists are experimenting with animal genomes and the risk of bumping into a “bodybuilder pig” exists. To what extent is there the possibility of having genetically modified animals on our plates? Here an estimate by Wired.
Inspired by the natural bamboo forests, where a wide range of trees coexist and create an overlapping network, a group of architects looked at natural forests to design the Bamboo Skyscraper. With this project the team at CRG Architects rethought the way we build and asked: what if we stopped cutting into our forests and started recreating them?
The fish swimming in this aquarium are unaware part of the Flowers and Fish art installation by Japanese digital studio teamLab. The exhibition works in accordance with the movements of the aquatic creatures, when the fish in the tank swim across the projected images of flowers, the flowers scatter into a burst of petals.
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.”
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.