As evolution goes on, the human body is evolving too. What does it mean to be human in times of advanced biotechnology and genetic engineering? Are our bodies ready for our technologized lifestyle? We spoke with science fiction artist and body architect Lucy McRae, who is exploring the future of our body, beauty and the […]
Around the world thousands of people are on organ donor waiting lists. While some of those people will receive the organ transplants they need in time, the sad reality is that many will die waiting. But controversial new research may provide a way to address this crisis. Japan has recently overturned its ban on the […]
This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital creature that the owner had to ‘breed’ and take care of. The toy somehow normalized the experience of having some digital device in your pocket that sometimes […]
The idea that AI can compose electronic music may sound a little off to people. It raises essential questions about creativity as a product exclusive to humans: can an AI be creative? Can it be musical? Can it compete with human-made melodies? Does it need to? More and more, AI has set foot in the […]
Always thinking about food? What about food that doesn’t exist yet? On the 22nd of September at De Studio, Next Nature Network will host a night of talks on the future of food and beyond. The event will expand on themes presented in the Future Food exhibition, a collaboration between NNN and NEMO science museum, […]
Pink chickens, synthesized tiger penises and salads grown from bodily fluids – how could they shape our future? In a Next Nature collaboration with the Gogbot Festival, the event’s 2019 conference challenged audience members to suspend their disbelief and imagine. In a series of fascinating presentations from designers, artists, scientists and bio-hackers, participants and audience […]
Death certificates and commemorative plaques aren’t something you’d normally associate with a glacier. But that is exactly how Iceland recently mourned the loss of 700-year-old Okjökull, the first of its major glaciers to die. This is just one early example of events we will encounter more and more often as the hot new world we […]
A koala bear isn’t actually a bear, it’s a marsupial. Whales aren’t fish, they’re mammals. Tomatoes aren’t vegetables, they’re fruit. Almost nothing is actually a nut. Peanuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans and almonds: none of them are really nuts (for the record, peanuts are legumes, Brazils and cashews are seeds, and the others are […]
This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit Cooking is a process through which humans outsource part of their bodily functions to technology (think barbebque, fireplace, microwave). It allowed early humans to intake more calories, which let their brains grow bigger but simultaneously weaken their jaw bones. This is a powerful example […]
The rise of artificial intelligence has brought us more advanced toys. If AI Barbie and her talking robotic friends are going to raise our kids, what would their parenting style be like? In the nineties, Tamagotchi was hugely popular amongst kids; the egg-shaped key chain wasn’t to be let out of your sight, ever. Four […]
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Richard A Lovett explores the significance of finding water in an atmosphere 110 light-years away.
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Geologists examine what unfolded after that asteroid hit. Richard A Lovett reports.
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Australian immunologist celebrated in a novel way.
Small study finds implanted electrodes lead to less stressful prosthetics. Barry Keily reports.
Some butterflies stick to their burbs.
Astronomers nudging closer thanks to data from a remote part of Australia.
South African telescopes capture the aftermath of a high-energy event. Richard A Lovett reports.
There’s little evidence that performance capacity can be predicted based on genes, writes Gregory Haff from Australia’s Edith Cowan University.
Acetylene gas offers solution to high power demand. Barry Keily reports.
Infrared image released to celebrate Spitzer’s sweet 16.
Digital modelling confirms giant marsupial had a different skull, a dull diet and a bite to be reckoned with. Ian Connellan reports.
Adding blood vessels overcomes important limitations. Paul Biegler reports.
The way they change colour is even smarter that we thought.
Tooth enamel delivers, where DNA can’t.