Tag: Hypernature

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Anthropocene

Reinventing Nature with Synthetic Biology

Bioengineer Drew Endy shares his idea of biology as a precision manufacturer that could potentially transform civilization as we know it.

“There is this natural technology out there in the wild that is so capable of manufacturing stuff that it coats the surface of the Earth. It takes atoms from the atmosphere and light from the environment and self-assembles huge structures with atomic precision.”

According to Endy the only option we have is to embrace a synthetic biological future, to change the way we live, manufacture and consume. “We are destroying environments, we are critically ripping away biodiversity; it’s a disaster” he states. “We actually have a chance of reinventing civilization”.

Read more on Discover Magazione
Related post: The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology

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Domestication as a Last Refuge

Domestication of flora and fauna is a concept that humans have been using to control nature in our advantage already since 33000 BC. A nowadays example are ‘house plants’ which have gone through generations of selective breeding to eventually give the best flowers, in extraordinary colours and unexpected shapes.
A usual by-product of domestication is the creation of a dependency in the domesticated organisms, so that they lose their ability to live in the wild. From an animal and plants perspective this could be considered as a deprivation of their right to freedom. Human interventions in the last couple of decades resulted often in a shrinking natural habitat for many species and populations. Being on the edge of extinction, domestication might be their only refuge?

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Hypernature

Urban Green

In the 18th century French philosopher Voltaire said “God created the world, but the Dutch created The Netherlands”. Ever since, we have been doing everything we can, to live up to his statement; as illustrated by this series of pictures by photographer Jacob Gesink shot in various Dutch cities.

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Hypernature

Nano Product: The Love Rose

Bored with sex? We have the product for you!
The Love Rose is a genetically modified two-headed rose that increases the libido, by emiting testosterone. Perfect for couples whose relationship has started to lose its spark, The Love Rose put both partners in the right mood. Just smell the flower and let the magic happen!

From the NANO Supermarket new collection.
Designers: Sam Verhage, Marina van Gog, Senne Friederichts

www.nanosupermarket.org

More products from the new line: CloudCrayonsThe Healing GameCoating ColaGoogle NoseHostCatad’OrIDiOBake ‘n SprayHydrating ‘Skin’

Hypernature

Change Your Notion Of Nature

A message for all you Next Nature readers from the one and only Snow White, who knows a thing or two about Hypernature.

Download the Next Nature Appzine for free and change your notion of nature!

Just what is the Next Nature Appzine? This iPad app presents a fascinating selection of material from our lustrous Next Nature book, wholly re-designed for the iPad and upgraded with interactive specials and audiovisual content. It’s nature, but not as you know it. Listen to Snow White and get our iPad Appzine here.

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Hypernature

Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish named George.
The 10-year-old aquatic animal was going to die if it didn’t undergo a complicated surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of just pay a dollar to win a new goldfish at the carnival, George’s owners decided to save the little guy.

“George had a quite large tumor on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life” explained Dr. Tristan Rich, the Australian veterinarian who performed the surgery. According to the doctor, the successful operation gave the goldfish 20 more years of life.

As George’s ‘dad’ said: “It’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish.”

Story via Io9

Raised On YouTube
Guided Growth

Growing Crops with Video Projections

From food, to medicine, to material, it was plants that once guided human culture. Now that our culture is the most powerful force on the planet, how does it treat our green cousins? The Internet is awash with culture’s output, especially videos.

To recycle culture into fertilizer, the Raised on YouTube project aims to grow plants using only the dancing light and sound of algorithmically curated video.

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Guided Growth

Living Portraits

Paris based artist and researcher Lia Giraud has created this green portrait. Nothing special you might think, until you realize it is alive: the green goo consist of microscopic algae.

The creation process is as follows: first algae are placed in a petri dish full of chemical nutrients. The algae are then exposed to an image and they will react to the light and form solids of different densities, forming an image. The procedure is very similar to a classic photo development, although this technique takes over four days to give life to the portrait.

When you don’t like your picture, you can just put it in the sun and it will turn into a beautiful even shade of green.

Via DesignBoom

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Anthropocene

Spend Eternity As An Artificial Coral Reef

Coral reefs are suffering degradation from a number of natural and human-induced causes. American company, Eternal Reefs, had a peculiar idea to help preserve, protect, and enhance the oceans’ health.

They offer to their clients the possibility – after death – to have ashes made into a rock to form the base of an “eternal memorial reef” to provide a habitat for sea-life.

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Anthropocene

Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams

Artificial water constructions, such as dams, can pose a threat for wildlife, and for salmon in particular, blocking their migratory path towards rivers. To solve this problem Whooshh Innovations designed a fish-launching device: a sort of cannon that sucks salmon up and “shoots” them out in a different body of water.

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