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Suburban Utopia

Transportations Of The Future

Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.

Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.

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Palm Tree Antenna

These next natural palm trees species were spotted near Las Vegas and Hurghada, Egypt. Rest assured tourists don’t want ugly cellphone antennas spoiling their oases: they want an untouched landscape, but with cellphone coverage.

In case you know any cellphone tree antenna masts in your environment, use the Next Nature spotting app for iPhone to add them to our collection. The best picture wins a copy of our lustrous Next Nature book!


eTree – Electric Gardening

Four meters high with wide leaves, eTree by Israel’s startup company Sologicis is an eco-sculpture that looks like a tree. Its foliage is made of solar panels able to produce energy. This photovoltaic tree is a free wifi spot, a station to recharge smartphones and a place where to sit in the shade.

The first eTree has been recently planted in the nature park Ramat Hanadiv, in Israel. In our power sources craving next nature, we garden our own electricity.

Via Inhabitat. Related post: Sunflowers – Electric Gardening


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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Aral Sea

Anthropocene: the Shrinking of Aral Sea

The Aral Sea in Central Asia was formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, with an area of 68.000 km2. As a consequence of a massive water diversion project to irrigate surrounding areas it is drying up. Today, not much is left.

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Nano Product: CloudCrayons

CloudCrayons are a rockets, similar to fireworks, able to paint the sky above us. Combining cloud seeding techniques with nanotechnology, CloudCrayons can change the color of clouds. This product could be used for festivities, national anniversaries, advertising, or just to lighten up a gloomy weather. Let the imagination fly: green, blue, orange, pink, red, yellow clouds, the sky’s the limit!

From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designers: Cas Ketel.

Visit the NANO Supermarket and discover all the new products: from Saturday 18th October to Sunday 26th October in Eindhoven. Find more info here.

21st Century Fata Morgana

21th Century Fata Morgana

Imagine placing a cave man into a time machine that lands him at today’s Bangkok airport. He would not recognize anything… except for those tiny trees in the back! Unsure if they are made of plastic. Peculiar image of the week.


Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth

Why use Google Maps when you can get GPS directions on The Death Star Instead? Mapbox Studio is a toolkit that allows apps and websites to serve up their own custom-designed maps to users. Companies like Square, Pinterest, Foursquare, and Evernote con provide custom-skinned Mapboxes instead, changing map elements to better fit in with their brand.

But Mapbox can do far cooler stuff. It can blast you to Space Station Earth, a Mapbox that makes the entire planet look like the blinking, slate gray skin of the Star Wars Death Star.

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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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