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Technological Sovereignty

 
We deserve to have other technologies, something better than what we nowadays call Information and Communication Technologies. This book delves into the guiding principles of technological sovereignty and proposes new theoretical and practical descriptions of some initiatives developing free technologies. It deals with its psychological, social, political, ecological and economic costs while it relates experiences […]
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No Tech Reader #20

 
Taking back the wheel. In the future heralded by Silicon Valley, cars will fly and labor will be disposable. But none of this is inevitable. It’s a political choice—that we can still reject. Engineering the climate could cost us the Earth. A political technology, geoengineering belongs to the institutional apparatus that is preventing effective climate […]
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No Tech Reader #19

 
Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy. [Via John Newman & Nicolas Maigret] The social ideology of the motor car. Gig economy pressures make drivers ‘more likely to crash‘. Rediscovering travel & The trouble with vacations. Look up from your screen. If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So […]
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Fermentation and Daily Life

 
There is a moment in the life of fruits and vegetables that has always puzzled and fascinated me. Put out a dish of strawberries, and in days some darker spots will appear. Maybe a thin tendril of mold sprouts out from the strawberry’s body. At this point, you can still eat it, simply by cutting […]
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 Food storage  Random  Refrigeration  No-Tech Magazine
Historical Storage Cellars in Budapest

 
The Kőbánya district of Budapest is situated on the eastern margins of the Hungarian capital city. Beneath Kőbánya there is an extensive limestone layer, in which tunnels and passages have been made, some of which appear to date from the 13th century. In the 19th century, the limestone caverns of the Hungarian capital city Budapest […]
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How to Dredge Out the Netherlands without Fossil Fuels

 
The dredging industry has been the backbone of the Dutch economy for centuries. If canals, harbours and rivers weren’t dredged out for a few years, the whole country would literally grind to a halt. Today, dredging happens with oil powered ships. However, the Dutch waterways were dredged mostly by hand for centuries, using simple but […]
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Lighthouse Lamps Through Time

 
“The ingenuity of man is truly amazing and this can easily be seen in the odd collection of techniques used for the illumination of lighthouses across the centuries. Lighthouse illumination began with simple wood fires and progressed through generations of other methods.” “Even the oil lamp began in simplicity and evolved into a machine with […]
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 History  Lighting  No-Tech Magazine
Roman Refrigerators

 
Archaeologists are trying to definitively establish if mysterious shafts discovered at Switzerland’s extensive Augusta Raurica site in 2013 could have been ancient “refrigerators”. It is likely that the Romans used shafts like the four-metre deep examples at Augusta Raurica – some 20 kilometres from Basel – as cool stores during summer. The shafts were filled […]
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 Refrigeration  No-Tech Magazine
Windmill on Ice or Water Bearings Has Low Friction at Low Cost

 
Simon Gripenberg, an artist from Finland, developed new types of vertical windmills, inspired by ancient Persian windmills and built from recycled materials. Most interestingly, the windmills float in water or spin on ice, so that Gripenberg manages to obtain low friction at low cost. The vertical windmill on ice uses a number of skis to […]
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 Random  Wind Power  Wind turbines  Windmills  No-Tech Magazine
No Tech Reader #18

 
My advice after a year without tech: rewild yourself. How to change the course of human history. The great nutrient collapse. Infrastructural Ecology: The City’s Buried Systems. A cyberattack in Saudi Arabia had a deadly goal. Experts fear another try. The social ideology of the motorcar (1973). Economic Science Fictions. Sociologists examine hackatons and see […]
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Think Outside the Sewer

 
“Shit can move on trucks.” On the outskirts of Bangalore, India’s tech capital, an office doubles as a museum of the toilet. An exhibit in one room traces the history of sanitation, from ancient Mesopotamian sewers to Europe’s first flush toilets and the modern sewer systems built to process the waste they spurt out. Then, […]
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 Composting  Humanure  Random  No-Tech Magazine
The Internet Unplugged

 
“At first glance, it seems like the ultimate paradox: A magazine that exists only on the internet, filled with content that can only be consumed once a would-be reader has disconnected from the internet. But that’s exactly the kind of contradiction founder Chris Bolin says he was going for when he created his new magazine, […]
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 Internet  No-Tech Magazine
Anti-Tech Riots

 
“If the recent speculation about jobs and AI is even close to being correct, then fairly soon “luddite” will join far-right and Islamist on the list of government-defined extremisms”. Read more: Will 2018 be the year of the neo-luddite?
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Wedge Axes

 
The Finnish Leveraxe is maybe not the most revolutionary alternative to the traditional axe, writes reader Guy Verrijdt. The Logmatic Wedge Axe from New Zealand splits wood more safely and ergonomically than an axe. This video shows how it works. The tool combines elements of splitting wedges and slide hammers. There are more brands available.
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No Tech Reader #17

 
Doctors, revolt ! The benefits of being cold. Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech. The ghost commune. Oracles and models: ancient and modern ways of telling the future. Slow thought: a manifesto. Economic growth is not compatible with environmental sustainability.
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No Tech Reader #16

 
Fuck you I like guns. American cities and the creeping criminalization of walking. Why we’re underestimating American Collapse. Fines of up to 500 pounds for climbing trees, flying kites or playing cricket in parks. Sharing with stranger on Scotland-London sleeper train to be banned. Amish life in winter. Natural Cooling: The Fresh Air Bed. When […]
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Thermal Insulation of Solid-Walls is Underestimated

 
Approximately 5.7 million solid-walled houses exist in England, comprising 25% of the housing stock. Most were built between 1750 and 1914. Research shows that their energy efficiency has been underestimated for decades. The English Housing Survey (EHS) defines solid-wall construction as a building where external load-bearing walls are made of brick, block, stone or flint […]
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 Architecture  Buildings  Ceramics  Construction  Insulation  Random  No-Tech Magazine
Biological Pest Control: Bat Towers

 
At the turn of the twentieth century, Dr. Charles A. Campbell, a physician and former city bacteriologist in San Antonio, Texas, began the first experiments with attracting bats to artificial roosts. Although he had the highest regard for bats, the motive behind his experiments was not that he thought bats needed homes. The real reason […]
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 Health  No-Tech Magazine
Invisible Algorithms, Invisible Politics

 
We have been enticed into a world in which computing has faded into the background of everyday life, effectively becoming invisible. At the same time, we have actively concealed the ways in which these networked systems of software, data, technologies, and infrastructures “have politics”. And, with promises that computers are impartial, we have removed them […]
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Mobile Clothes Washer

 
The Breathing Mobile Washer was designed so that manually plunging, the washer forces water through clothing. Compared to friction washing with hands, washboards and rocks, the mobile washer is easier to use, much less abrasive, reduces wear on clothes, and provides a superior clean. Review.  
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 Human power  Laundry  Random  Washing machines  No-Tech Magazine