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Supportive Synthetic Environments

MIT's Synthetic Apiary Searches for Bee Survival Opportunities

— February 22, 2019 — Eco
Bee survival is crucial as the pollinators are "one of the most important organisms for both the human species and our planet." In search for solutions, The Mediated Matter group at MIT constructs a purely synthetic environment to explore the possibilities for bee survival.

Dubbed the 'Synthetic Apiary,' the space attempted to induce a behavioral shift that will render the species more adaptable to demanding factors like urbanization, weather, and climate change. The project controlled everything — from the temperature and the light to the humidity and the nutrition.

The Synthetic Apiary is yet another endeavor for the Mediated Matter group who has dedicated its time to research "biologically augmented digital fabrication with eusocial insect communities" on scales that embrace urbanism, technology, and the evolving human psyche.

Photo Credits: Mediated Matter
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