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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Ahah! AMAM's Agar And Algae
Over 300 years ago, a Japanese innkeeper saw that the seaweed soup he discarded somehow coagulated overnight.
Little could he have imagined that his observation and discovery of agar might be used by society three centuries later to help improve the marine environment.
The agar that he discovered is now used to make the popular Japanese dessert called yōkan in Japan.
Team Agar or AMAM made a similar discovery that may impact the world for another three centuries, if not longer.
AMAM is a group of Japanese designers including Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani, and Akira Muraoka. They created Agar Plasticity, a project that explores using agar, a jelly-like substance derived from marine algae, in packaging.
The trio wants to use agar as an earth-friendly alternative to plastic. Imagine the implications of their biodegradable invention and idea.
Agar Plasticity won the grand prize at the 2016 Lexus Design Award global competition. The Lexus Design Award is an international competition that supports emerging designers working on ideas that improve the planet. Team Agar won over a field of 1,200+ entries from 73 countries.
Read about Ari Jónsson agar-derived biodegradable bottle here.
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The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
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