Energy from the sky!

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What it is
We use a lot energy, everyday again. We can’t life without it and in the future we will also need energy, probably even more. So how are we going to deal with this, the fossil fuels aren’t going to remain at our disposal forever. In this coolhunt I will talk about a few options to make our energy consumption more sustainable.
The first think we can do is to work with offshore wind farms. This sounds weird, a farm? It works like this: these wind farms which are offshore, so nobody (like nature) suffers from these kind of windmills, and create their own clouds by mixing warm sea water weather with cooler air above. And another awesome thing is that they could even alter weather and storm patterns.
Another solution had also to do with gathering energy from the atmosphere. This atmospheric energy could be revolutionary! One company called SEFE is doing research how to take this electricity out of the air in a way we can accomplish. Also a lot of research is being done by several universities. Dennis Siegel made an electromagnetic harvester to capture the energy.

Why I think it is cool
It is well known that there is electricity stored in the air all around us. So what we only need to do is  ‘literally plucking this electricity from the air’. This invention has a big future growth potential because it can literally safe our world! We don’t have to harm the nature anymore but can use it in one way that isn’t harmful but very good for us! Like these wind farms: ‘not only they fight climate change but they also create micro-climates. Studies have shown that wind farms are even capable of changing weather patterns!’

1. http://www.nextnature.net/2013/02/offshore-winds-farms-generate-their-own-microclimates/
2. http://www.nextnature.net/2013/03/atmospheric-energy/

From: nextnature.net

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Finally, REALLY safe drinking water

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What it is
‘De hoeveelheden antibiotica in ons drinkwater vormen een toenemend probleem voor de volksgezondheid.’ A lot studies concluded that this is going on and not only in the Netherlands. Although we use antibiotics for medical treatment, the antibiotics we consume by drinking water is very harmful to us and also to our environment. The way we filter our drinking water now is by using activated carbon. This works but does not retrieve all the antibiotics. The university of Cincinnati made a new filter possible which contains two bacterial proteins which remove almost twice as much antibiotics!

Why I think it is cool
This is very cool because it offers us several improvement which are very sustainable. This filter will selectively absorb anitbiotics. This means that a selective ‘garbage disposal’ cannot get clogged with organic matter. Another cool thing is that the sunlight powers the bacterial protein system like some kind of photosynthesis! But is this case a light-driven bacterial protein called Delta-rhodopsin supplies the power. Also this bacteria can even be used to extract antibiotics for recycling and may also, in the future, be used to filter other substances out of our drinking water like heavy metals and maybe even hormones. 

Take a look at these sites:

  1. http://www.binnenlandsbestuur.nl/ruimte-en-milieu/nieuws/waterschappen-rijk-moet-antibiotica-in-water.4557757.lynkx
  2. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-team-solar-powered-proteins-filter-antibiotics.html
  3. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl400691d
  4. http://www.nextnature.net/2013/05/toss-the-brita-bacteria-can-filter-antibiotics-from-water/
  5. http://phys.org/news/2013-01-nanosponge-filters-herbicide-poisons.html#inlRlv


From: nextnature.net

Dont worry, we can all stop eating now…

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What it is

A man called Rob Rhinehart has found a way to stop eating. Yes it’s possible, and should we be glad with it? But with this solution we can survive without eating actual food. He named his unique mix ‘Soylent’. This mixture contains all the elements the body needs and nothing else. So nothing in this milkshake lookalike drink can be identified as coming from any recognizable object, called food. He also followed his diet of this self-made milkshake for a few weeks and the results were very positive. (His whole story can be read in the site below, also the recipe to make your own Soylent shake is on this page available).

Why I think it is cool
So why is this cool and why could this be a solution the make our world more sustainable? We all need food, no exception. And we all know that food is unevenly distributed; some people are starving, others lead to obesity. With this shake people will only consume the elements our body needs. And because no food is necessary to create these shakes many commodities become unnecessary which will lead to less production of food. The ground that is used to create commodities can be used again for nature or other more sustainable practices.
But there is also a negative side of course. A lot of people enjoy eating food in different ways, also it is part of our culture. Also, it doesnt look as tasty as an apple pie right…
Maybe it will become possible to create a more sustainable diet of the Soylent shake AND ‘normal’ food. This will save money, energy and time.

For more information and to make your own Soylent ‘smoothie’: http://www.soylent.me/

From: nextnature.net

The smart house of the future

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What it is
This is a house which has the ability of adapting itself to  seasonal, meteorological and astronomical conditions by changing its shape. Henry Ernest Dudeney found a way to turn a perfect square into an equilateral triangle which means that the house can easily change its own shape to the conditions of the wetter etc. During the winter the house curls up by contracting the internal walls to thick external walls. This means that the energy needed for heating the house is very much minimized. And when it is hot in de summertime, it can extend itself. This mechanism is based on how our bodies work; human arteries can expand or contract to preserve the core temperature of our body. Also the house has the option to rotate itself toward the sun in which way it can collect solar energy.


Why I think it is cool
I think this is a very cool system because it saves a lot of energy by using the mechanism of rotation. Also the fact that this house is based on our body is in my opinion very special. It shows us that we can learn a lot from nature to set up our environment. Although solar energy isn’t very new, this house creates the most perfect conditions to collect the maximum of solar energy.
Because of the great advances in technology I think we will see more and more of these innovations that make our own direct environment more sustainable.
Another nice touch is that the concept, on a larger scale, might make complete neighborhoods more dynamic. So maybe it is possible that you get new neighbors depending on weather conditions J

For more information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2244662/The-house-EIGHT-homes-The-incredible-origami-building-change-shape-depending-weather.html

From: nextnature.net

Upgrading campaigns, making us aware

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What it is

These are two short animation films created by Greenpeace and WWF. The one form Greenpeace is some kind of guerilla marketing. Because it shows us the underwater world  polluted by us, human beings. The voice tells us the story of how the underwater world should be and in the same time we see only garbage and polluted areas. ‘Un underwater garden of Eden, the beauty of symbioses ( interaction between two or more different biological species ).’
The animation of the WWF shows is made to make us aware of the huge amount of fur we use for our clothes. In this animation we don’t see real animals but animals from some kind of wonder world. They don’t exist but the idea is given that this fur of these imaginary animals can be used to create clothes, bags, shoes etc.
Also the shoot around this campaign is very well done. Which causes credibility around this campaign.
Real fur is a sign of quality to some, but it’s also a sign of cruelty and waste to others. WWF and Boudicca resolved this dilemma by creating furry clothes from imaginary animals.

Why I think it is cool
We all know what is going on. We won’t always be able to go through life the way we are doing now. If we will, our planet will be destroyed by ourselves. These videos show us what is going on in another way than we are used to see. Big companies who are always committed to nature and animals, like Greenpeace and WWF use these style of campaign to make the whole world aware of the danger we are in. Especially the campaign of Greenpeace is very confrontational because it is brought a little ironic while we all know this is ‘dead’ serious. This little sarcasm and imagination which we also see in the other animation show us the real meaning and appeal to our senses. We don’t want to see animals and nature being hurt. But it happens. No one can do something alone but when we stand up all together we can do something because everyone in the world is responsible. I think that that is what the campaigns want to show us. And only by making us aware of it by using guerilla marketing, we will do something about it.

Watch the video’s:
1. http://vimeo.com/62645137#at=0
2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VgkAhPlm_7I

From: nextnature.net