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AI Designed Xenobot

First-Ever Living Reproducing Robots

XENOBOTS by Sam Kriegman Title image: An AI-designed “parent” organism (C shape; red) beside stem cells that have been compressed into a ball (“offspring”; green).  Credit: Douglas Blackiston and Sam Kriegman Amsterdam, December 28th 2021– AI-designed Xenobots reveal an entirely new form of biological self-replication—promising for regenerative medicine. To persist, life must reproduce. Over billions…
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Police

The Police Again and Again

Or How Not to be Angry Amsterdam, 26 December 2021–  The police called at my student apartment one early evening, but I didn’t answer as I thought they’d come to evict me. I hadn’t paid my rent in months.  But then I got to thinking: my mum hadn’t been too good and what if it was…
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Paramaribo Suriname

Reflections about our Common Future

An Anton Foek Special We listen to scientists, media- and theatre producers, authors, and philosophers about important contemporary personal and social questions. The Italian-American economist Mariana Mazzucato thinks and reflects over the question how to adjust our capitalist system.  Anton Foek Amsterdam, December 12, 2021–We ( sic ) have really big problems: lack of sense…
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Becoming a man in Siberia, Edik I SLICE I

Full documentary In Siberia, Edik lives among the Nenetses, a nomad clan in the north of Siberia. He’s still a child but he now has like every Nenetse before him to face wolves on his own to protect the 4 000 reindeers of his clan. This is the difficult passage he has to overcome to…
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Arctic Tent

Warmest Tent on Earth – Pitching in the Siberian Arctic Winter

The Nenet reindeer herders need to move their tent every few days throughout most of the year. Every time they migrate they must pack the whole tent away, drag it across the tundra on sledges, and erect it again in a fresh place, sometimes in temperatures of minus thirty degrees. Survival depends on working together…
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Shimabuku

Shimabuku, The 165 meter mermaid and other stories

NMNM – Villa Paloma February 19 – October 3, 2021 The exhibition “The 165-metre Mermaid and Other Stories” stems from a mediaeval Japanese legend and unfurls in the manner of an epic poem. It tells of the artist’s adventures and encounters as he goes with the flow, roving between his native Japan and Monaco via…
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Stephen Fry Chess

Stephen Fry on Race, Ancestry and the Invention of Chess

Interestingly, the parable about the exponentially increasing grains of rice Stephen mentions is also there in Bengali Literature (major Eastern Indian language). It was written by one of our greatest writers, Sukumar Ray, in the form of a children’s story called “Daaner Hisheb” (literally- the calculations/records kept of charity). An extremely miserly king is tricked…
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Sailing Survival

This Man Survived Over 2 Months Lost At Sea

76 Days Adrift | He Shouldn’t Be Alive When a ferocious storm leaves a man adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean he quickly realises help isn’t coming any time soon. For 76 days he must adapt to his new surroundings in the deep blue to fight off an endless bombardment of life-threatening blows.…
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Rolls Royce expensive Luxury Car

Why Rolls-Royce Cars Are so Expensive

Rolls-Royce makes some of the world’s most luxurious and expensive cars. Known for producing hand-crafted automobiles that promise a seamless “magical carpet ride” for its customers, Rolls-Royce’s cars do not come cheap. With virtually unlimited optional extras, upgrades, and customizations, the true cost of a bespoke Rolls-Royce has no limits. So what are some of…
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Neon Dystopia

David Eggers: Suspicion, Sadness and Sabotage

Technology is Everything and more  Soon we ( mankind ) will be living in our own self and home made jungle. Monstrous technology determines everything, including who your friend is: Eggers’ new novel. Auke Hulst  & Anton F. Amsterdam, October 29th 2021 — In other times David Eggers [ author, Boston 1970 ] wrote a worldwide…
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