Monthly Archives: July 2015

Batteries of the Future

Better batteries are needed for several modern needs. All of us would like to be able to run our mobile phones, laptops, tablets, cordless power tools, electric cars, and a host of other electric appliances and vehicles for longer periods … Continue reading

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Passion, Curiosity, Imagination, Grit, Thinking Skills

Advice on Child-Raising from Peter Diamandis Physician Peter Diamandis is best known for his involvement in futuristic projects such as X Prize, Planetary Resources, and Singularity University. He is the co-author of the books: Abundance, the Future is Better than … Continue reading

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Will China Join Russia in the Soup Line?

Russia has fallen into full-blown depression and faces a mounting fiscal crisis as oil and gas revenues plummet. … Russia is already in dire straits. The economy has contracted by 4.9pc over the past year and the downturn is certain … Continue reading

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Broken Europe: Rapidly Filling w/ People Unable to Keep the Lights On

“Now, in Sub-Saharan Africa, you’re never more than two conversations away from someone who can get you to Europe,” said Tuesday Reitano, a human trafficking expert at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a think tank. __ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/world/2015/07/20/a-remote-city-of-smugglers/ BUDAPEST … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Child: Making Government Superfluous

Republished from The Dangerous Child blog Most of us enjoy living in prosperous and harmonious societies. We want to believe that we can sleep soundly in our homes without fear of being invaded and brutalised — and that our automobiles … Continue reading

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Resistance is Futile

Getting the best effects, which last between 30 minutes and an hour, requires understanding your personal preferences, according to the company. Each of the two vibes has three different moods, meant for different sensations. The calm vibe has “ease” (meant … Continue reading

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Disruptive Emerging Innovation: Making Government Superfluous

Making Government Superfluous: Emerging Disruptive Innovation Many “futurists” and technology observers often fall for “Gee Whiz!” technologies, which all too suddenly fall into the “so what?” category. Most new consumer electronics fads, for example, tend to follow that pattern. This … Continue reading

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Making Government Superfluous

Using Transgenic Plants to Grow Your Own Drugs and Medicines Transgenic plants contain genetic building blocks from other plant or animal species. This allows the plant to produce bio-chemicals which the plant would not naturally produce on its own. The … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Wheel

Reinventing the wheel is generally discouraged on principle. And yet, if one can create a wheel with enough properties that are superior to what is being used, at an affordable price, one stands to make a lot of money. It … Continue reading

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Siberia Looks Away

Russia is divided in two: On one side is Moscow and its surrounds, home of the globalized elite who feed like parasites on the nation’s riches. And on the other side is the rest of the country. __ Meanwhile in … Continue reading

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China: When Unbridled Greed Quickly Turns to Naked Fear

History is chock full of examples of government-inflated markets collapsing. It’s ultimately popular greed and fear that drive market cycles! No amount of government jawboning or money printing can strike these overpowering emotions from human hearts. And not even the … Continue reading

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Futurisms

The Seasteading Institute is moving ahead into the second phase of its project to build a working residential seastead: A coastal nation may be interested in offering to host a floating community in their territorial waters and allow substantial political … Continue reading

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Time to Brush Up on Cold Weather Survival Skills

Scientists at the University of Northumbria are predicting a period of extremely low solar activity, which last occurred during the frigid period known as the Maunder Minimum, 370 years ago. A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing … Continue reading

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Ukraine Russia China: As The World Turns

Ukraine has long been a world-class weapons builder and exporter. In fact, without Ukraine’s advanced missile guidance systems and military turbine engines, Russia will find it impossible to build replacements for many of its most important weapons systems — should … Continue reading

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Can Earth Support 100 Billion Humans Comfortably?

Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist, wrote his book The Population Bomb in 1968. In it he warned of doom and gloom – resource depletion, species extinction and a human population so large that as a species we would face … Continue reading

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Are Wind Energy Advocates Terrorists?

Wind Farms Don’t Make Economic Sense … the observation of serial wind energy “investor” Warren Buffett: “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense … Continue reading

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Venture Capitalists Backing Nuclear for the Post-Obama Age

As long as US President Barack Obama remains in office, the outlook for most disruptive technologies will remain poor. Obama is anti-nuclear, anti-hydrocarbon, and anti-private business, forcing most visionary entrepreneurs to look beyond the Obama age for better opportunities. Several … Continue reading

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$3.2 Trillion Wiped from Chinese Shares in Just 3 Weeks Oil prices take notice of Chinese economic implosion. A stock market crash there has seen $3.2 trillion wiped from the value of Chinese shares in just three weeks, triggering an … Continue reading

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Intermittent Low Quality Power Pushing Europe Toward a New Dark Ages

The cost of US electric power is much lower than that of European competitors. This is because the US has been slow to adopt the “green energy swamp” approach to economic suicide which the Europeans seem determined to follow. As … Continue reading

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Putin’s Russia Descending into La-La Land

“Russia is not sleep-walking into disaster; it is marching at high speed while drugged up to the eyeballs.” ___ Russia Spirals into Fantasy Russian economy slumps further When reality does not suit one’s emotional needs, it is all too easy … Continue reading

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Deep Oceans Receiving Unexpected Heat Influx

Unexpected Heat Flows Into Deep Oceans… Here’s Why: This is an important source of ocean heating which has not been accounted for in climate models: “Hydrothermal siphons” create heat exchanges deep beneath the ocean floor, between the hot lithosphere and … Continue reading

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