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The Ecology of Disease

A developing model of infectious disease shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease — are a result of things people do to nature.


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Agosto Foundation :: Digital Garden Lab

Paul Chaney offers an alternative to the tendency of contemporary accelerationism. He wonders, by what means might it be possible for accelerationist politics to be moved toward a more responsible, beneficial and necessary goals? Through the example of the Prague-based project Digital Garden Lab, Chaney shows what Appropriate Accelerationism...


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First-ever compendium of indigenous technologies provides a powerful toolkit for climate-resilient design - Harvard Graduate School of Design



The design field is at an inflection point. It must challenge its repertoire, rethink technology, and begin to see biodiversity as a building block of urban environments. Julia Watson’s lush and meticulous new book, Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, provides a blueprint for sustainable architecture in the 21st century. For designers of the built environment, …

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Using near IR to look for photosynthesis and plant health with NDVI



The NoIR Raspberry Pi camera comes with a blue filter to do near infrared photography – the blue filter ices the visible red but passes near IR which records as red, apparently. NDVI (Normali…



What's that blue thing doing here? - Raspberry Pi



So your new Pi NoIR has plopped through the letterbox, and you’ve unpacked it. There’s a little square of blue gel in there. What’s it for? If you’ve been reading our posts about why we developed an infrared camera board keenly, you’ll have noticed that we mentioned a lot of interest from botanists, who use …

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Great film!

2040, Focusing on Proactive Solutions – Fact Based Dreaming

2040 director Damon Gameau has an inspiring vision to restore the broken balance between humans and nature focusing on pro-active solutions, fact based dreaming

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We need an architecture that separates us from the wild surroundings as little as possible. Architecture, which will not have unnecessary restraints, which we only make out of habit and have lost their foundation long since. We do not need houses isolating us with dry weed free organized yards around. The new prestige is to come out the door right into the rampant edible forest. We need a different architecture. Architecture has the possibility of expansion our relationship with the environment. Our homeostasis does not need liquidation of nature. Instead, it can convey the creative connection and enrichment of biodiversity.

Living Labs are research networks and ecosystems, based on an open philosophy and respect to local conditions and to all participants. The technologies are applied directly in the real environment, where their impacts are tested and the persons and other organisms involved do not distinguish themselves from scientists. They are not observed objects used to verify procedures devised by someone else. The overall prosperity of the local ecosystem is a sign of successful development.

There is a strong principle of discovering and creating new situations in livinglabs. New connections of architecture and nature, non-consuming approach to cultivation, testing open technologies to thrive biodiversity, using renewable resources and waste recovery. The media dimension is also necessary, but on a decentralized basis, Every construction should include sustainable ubiquitous technologies, in least necessary measure, communicating with land, water and people. You only need one solar panel and the rest remains self-sufficient. But self-sufficiency is not a dogma either. It's always more a research of self-sufficiency, evaluation and exchange.

Local on-site information maintenance is included in the practice of care. Part of the architecture is a social network. Each space has its own experience of human encounters and their history, their memory, coming in and going out and all of this has an electronic trace, connectable to others.

Livinglab architecture is the art of creating incentives for emergence and maintenance of the most fragile things: organisms, relationships, ideas. A biotope and microclimate without which they could not exist.
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LFT is a genius.

This amazing music video is generated by 256 bytes of 6510 ASM code.
youtube.com/watch?v=sWblpsLZ-O

magic behind the code explained here:
linusakesson.net/scene/a-mind-

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RT @billmckibben@twitter.com

Hey, first Swiss bank eliminates all fossil fuels from its portfolio!
“We believe that, irrespective of collective public sector action, companies in the private sector should also advance this objective independently,”
reuters.com/article/pictet-res

🐦🔗: twitter.com/billmckibben/statu

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Sunbeam City 🌻

Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.