Virtual Reality Airplane

I like this because it offers a way to appreciate distance, something that is lost when you’re traveling incredibly fast in tube-y structures like conventional airplanes, subways, buses, etc…

APH reveals “futuristic” concept for low-emission commercial aircraft



Blond & Bieber: Designing with Algae

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“The huge potential of microalgae has been a subject of research in natural sciences for quite some time. Meanwhile the artistic and creative value of this resource is mostly undiscovered land. Algaemy investigates the potential of microalgae in a creative context. The designers Essi Johanna Glomb (textile design) and Rasa Weber (product design) reveal the aesthetic potential of a resource which is mostly regarded as weeds within Europe.
Algaemy is an analogue textile-printer which produces its own (surprisingly fast-growing) pigment. A wide color palette from different shades of blue, green, brown and even red derives from various species of microalgae. Microalgae have an incredibly wide range of applications, such as nutrition, energy- and oil production, filtering qualities and even CO absorption. The machine uses this potential to create an autarcic circle of production, which does not require additional energy or material apart from man power
and the microalgae itself. Algaemy is a design-laboratory, investigating the potential of microalgae as pigment in textile printing.”

Living Things

‘Living Things’ is the title of a living art installation created by the design studio of the same name. It is currently on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburg, PA. Here is an excerpt of the press release:

“The installation; ‘Living Things’ contains furniture of a possible and not too distant future where the symbiosis between human beings and microorganisms is externalized and celebrated in the built environment… 

…This installation reveals the phenomenological qualities of the highly beneficial micro-algae and challenges visitors to consider what the future of the domestic environment may become in the context of the precarious agricultural and energy needs of a ballooning population.”


Yasmin Hurd, THC, Cocaine

I saw this addiction-specialized neuroscientist speak at the NIH yesterday, and her work at Mount Sinai so audacious and powerful. She  studies how drug behaviors are passed on through generations. This is an excerpt from the TIME cover story that featured her research:

“When she analyzed the brains of the rats, she also found differences in the neural circuitry of the ones with drug-using parents. Even the grandkids have begun to show behavioral differences in how they seek out rewards. ‘This data tells us we are passing on more things that happen during our lifetimes to our kids and grandkids,’ Hurd explains, though it remains unclear how those changes manifest in humans. ‘I wasn’t expecting these results, and it’s fascinating.'”

TIME article:

The Great Pot Experiment – TIME

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“If there is something in nature you don’t understand, odds are it makes sense in a deeper way that is beyond your understanding. So there is a logic to natural things that is much superior to our own. Just as there is a dichotomy in law: ‘innocent until proven guilty’ as opposed to ‘guilty until proven innocent’, let me express my rule as follows: what Mother Nature does is rigorous until proven otherwise; what humans and science do is flawed until proven otherwise.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

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“Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity.  They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see.  There have been sad cases among the modern physicists.  If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable “real life.” But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is “the results of modern investigation.”