With winter just around the corner, salt trucks are getting ready to hit the road spreading tons of salt. Ice free asphalt is necessary to drive safely and keep transports running. However, often the salt is scattered also on the soil surrounding the roads, harming the local vegetation. Though there is an unexpected side effect: delicious salt-tolerant plants from the coast are now growing alongside the highway.
If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.
Imagine a typical city. Probably the image you have in your mind involves skyscrapers made out of steel and concrete, grey roads beneath them and some traffic. Now try to replace the materials with bone, how would it look like? Would you like to live in a city like this?
The Weather Drone controls the weather: it makes sure the sun will shine on your birthday, or that the rain will fall during a period of drought. The worldwide demand for solutions to atmospheric necessities is critical, therefore the Weather Drone not only monitors the environment, it also helps us manage water resources and alter the climate when needed.
A Jardin Partagé is a shared community garden born in Lille in 1997. Since its first establishment, this phenomenon has extended across France to stimulate social relationships among the citizens and improve gardening techniques that respect biodiversity. Paris recently approved a new law, which not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them to develop their green thumb.
It’s safe to say there is no shortage of sunlight in the Egyptian desert. While a desert is often seen as a hostile living environment, a village situated around the Bahariya Oasis is demonstrating the contrary. The so-called Tayebat Workers Village is powered by building-integrated solar panels and provides shelter for 350 people, putting sunlight to better use.
If, by any chance, you are planning to visit Poland, don’t forget to bring your bike. Driving a narrow track beside a road in a suburban area, an action that might have been risky in the past, was turned into an exciting experience.