ALL TOGETHER NOW
GPS can help you find your way home, but genetically that might not be where you live. The Geographic Population Structure can now track your unique DNA fingerprint to the place where your ancestors lived a millennium ago - with 98 per cent accuracy. Previous attempts were often off by 700km, a whole different country in some parts of the world. Understanding that all populations are mixed gene pools is the next step in a global cultural evolution. And a challenge to self-perception. Despite your differences you have more in common with the rest of the world than you realise.
There’s a revolution brewing with your next cup of coffee. The popularity of the world’s favourite hot drink hides a slew of pollution from coffee cherries dumped to rot in rivers and landfill in production. Step forward coffee flour, an ingenious transformation of this leftover fruit waste into a cooking ingredient that has already been successfully used in pasta and cakes. Said to have more fibre than wheat flour, more protein than kale and more iron than spinach - it’s also gluten free. But here’s the real perk: it’s slightly caffeinated. Just think of the possibilities.
Source: Huffington Post
PACK IT IN
While you’re waiting for the invention of teleportation, surely the next best thing to happen to your holiday would be a lack of luggage? One day all it will take is the click of an email to send a file to print everything you need when you arrive. And the revolution starts with this 3D-printed travel bag by Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen. Imagine never having to struggle through an airport with a heavy suitcase again? Digital packing is just one way our relationship to objects is changing. The future’s a journey - travel lightly.
Source: Fast Co Design
It’s a long way to go for a glass of whiskey. But at least you won’t have to fight to get to the bar at The Old Forge on Scotland’s Knoydart Peninsula. The UK’s most remote pub is only accessible by a couple of days’ hike or boat, so it’s a pretty perfect place to savour your Johnnie Walker and a bit of peace. Sometimes the road is long, but the journey is always worth it. So make it with spirit and #keepwalking.
Source: Weekend Notes
Just when you thought the world was all set for elements it goes and surprises you with the creation of a new one. German scientists have unveiled atoms of ‘Element 117’, also known as Ununseptium, not only a brand-new addition to physical reality, but the world’s heaviest metal as well. With approval from the international scientific community 117 will soon be added to the standard periodic table. Stretching the boundaries of the unknown that bit further and welcoming it into the fabric of our world.
What do you see when you look at this image? A beautiful piece of photoshop? Then it’s time to cast off your cynicism. This set of surreal images are 100 % authentic, from the phytoplankton in the Sea of Stars on the JMaldives’ Vaadhoo Island to the Fauvist pigmentation of China’s Yuanyang County. You can’t always trust what you see in a mediated modern world, but if you’re open to it then reality will always surprise you. Look again – and be uplifted.
Source: smrt News
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
The people of Texel, a remote island off the Dutch coast, have been beachcombers for 400 years. Their island is remote, but strong ocean currents around regularly wash items from as far away lands onto their shores. The beachcombers collect both the treasures and the trash, displaying old shoes, faded buoys and messages in bottles in their museum of found items. For them, every item has a human story hidden within it and they cherish the sense of connection it brings. Everything has a place in the world. Place a value on something and you might find it surprises you in return.
It’s not enough to look good, you’ve got to be able to contribute something to make a difference to your surroundings. And that even goes for light fittings these days. The hundred bulbs in this high-tech chandelier at Palo Alto’s Epiphany Hotel dim and move independently, according to the type of information flowing through it. That could be visualising social media data streams, the lights springing to life when the hotel is mentioned or mirroring the local weather from internet reports.Or just a lightbulb moment that we are all a product of the information that flows through us. Make sure you’re expressing something interesting.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Planting seeds in your garden is a natural joy so you might want to sow a future that keeps humanity’s common property just that. Inspired by the open source tech movement, the recently launched Open Source Seed Initiative allows gardeners and farmers to save the seeds of 29 heritage vegetable, fruit and grain crops after harvest and pass the plants on to others to use freely. No legal constraints and no big agribusiness patents. Just a new spin on an old idea of sharing and a harvest of determination from one community that peppers, lettuce, kale, barley and carrots remain as free as nature intended them.
Source: Open Source Seed Initiative
THE BIG ASK
If you want to get a good answer, then make sure you’re asking the right questions. Or at least some interesting ones. Author Warren Berger collected the provocative things that top designers, tech innovators and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark their creativity. And the results are strikingly left field. What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on? What are your superpowers? What is the sentence that sums you up? The conversation with yourself is the most important one you have. Try asking yourself something new today and see where your answer takes you.
Source: Fast Co Design