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The energy revolution in Africa
Posted: 10 February 2016  
It's happening already. Rural Africans are leapfrogging obsolete grid infrastructure and going straight to the new model of distributed generation and smart consumption.

Azuri Technologies CEO: “We’re putting together a product that’s got the latest LED lights, it’s got lithium ion phosphate batteries which are similar to the batteries you get in Tesla supercars, we’ve got adaptive smart ...
The world’s most cutting-edge renewable tech is powering rural Africa - QUARTZ
10 February 2016
Africa's lack of electricity is being tackled with innovation.
MindBullet logo ENERGY GLUT CREATES NEW TRADE CHAMPIONS
Rich nations on the back foot as energy floods emerging economies
Dateline: 7 March 2019
The end of the oil age has heralded a glut in energy worldwide; but surprisingly the developing nations have been the first to benefit. While solving the ...
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African set to shine as a solar powerhouse
Posted: 10 February 2016  
So, could our MindBullet from way back in 2009 become a reality? Read on!
Morocco’s Massive Desert Solar Project Starts Up
10 February 2016
Africa is becoming a test bed for solar power, on scales both large and small.
MindBullet logo EUROPE HELD TO RANSOM BY SUNNY AFRICAN STATES
Solar energy at the centre of an economic storm
Dateline: 11 May 2020
It's been just a year since the Afro-European solar energy initiative was launched to harness the deserts of North Africa to supply European countries with ...
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Unstoppable solar
Posted: 25 January 2016  
Renewable energy, in particular solar, is an unstoppable force. And even as the price of fossil fuels, particularly oil, plummets, there's no slow down in the rollout of renewables. What's your company doing? Its not about climate change, it's about intelligent use of resources, and managing costs.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/545516/why-renewable-energy-is-defying-gravity/ ...
Why Renewable Energy Is Defying Gravity - MIT Technology Review
25 January 2016
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Is oil really beyond its peak?
Posted: 3 February 2016   1 Comment
The stories are stacking up...the agony growing...the bets either way are increasing! Wither the future of oil? Here is another perspective. Whatever unfolds is not the story, the real story is that anyone involved at any level, in any dimension, with the oil industry needs to be paying attention (just dumb if they're not already) and needs to be clear on what the drivers of the future are ...
The Death Throes of Oil
3 February 2016
The price of oil, often used as a sort of thermometer to measure the health of the world economy, is also a barometer, warning of approaching geopolitical ...
MindBullet logo AFRICAN BIO-FUEL GIANT SHAKES UP OIL INDUSTRY
Cameroon emerges as top bio-diesel producer
Dateline: 25 August 2020
A decade of intensive investment in bio-diesel plant has paid off for Cameroon. The central African state now challenges neighboring Nigeria in terms of ...
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Can the elephant dance again? I love the question? Are you an elephant?
Posted: 3 February 2016  
How does one get large successful giants to be startups again? The pace of change in the world offers them many such opportunities. The question is wether they can grab them as if they are starting out all over again...but with a balance sheet, talent, momentum, clients etc. So much easier the second or third time you would think and yet is never as easy as the first time!
The 5 Things IBM Needs to Do to Win at AI
3 February 2016
It has the technology — now it needs a startup mindset.
MindBullet logo PIRATE COMPANY BUYS CANON
Profitable copy-cat entrepreneur buys failing real thing
Dateline: 26 December 2012
Vietnam's Chinese-owned CanDo has been brazenly copying Canon's consumer products for the past five years, initially targeting the Chinese market but more ...
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Plastics, oil...connected industries with connected futures - and it's going to be painful!
Posted: 3 February 2016  
The obvious consequences of the changing drivers of oil futures impact on many industries - plastics is just one. Some fascinating insights into this industry. How well do YOU understand the second and third order implications of a changed oil future?
New Plastics Economy report offers blueprint to design a circular future for plastics
3 February 2016
Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities ...
MindBullet logo MONEY FROM MUCK!
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. ...
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Raising their game and disrupting the market!
Posted: 3 February 2016  
In a tough market, Hyundai have shown why their brand has grown so strongly in recent years. They have just raised the bar for everyone and have sent a strong signal to the market that they're serious about quality...with a new 7 year warranty on major engine parts with other areas still backed by a 5 year warranty! What if one of your competitors made a similar move in your industry...are ...
Hyundai 7yr warranty: the real story | IOL
3 February 2016
Hyundai wants to shake industry with 200 000km warranty. Let's see what's covered and what's not.
MindBullet logo THE AUTOMOTIVE DREAM IS OVER
The young crave flashy phones - not cars!
Dateline: 11 May 2014
Oblivion is a sure thing when economists stop counting the things you produce. Now that 'New Car Sales' have lost their relevance as a key economic ...
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Reversing aging
Posted: 26 January 2016  
A new method from Stanford researchers paves the way for preventing and reversing the effects of aging on human cells. Perhaps the elixir of youth is closer than we think?
Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
26 January 2016
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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SOLID HYDROGEN BREAKS THE RULES OF PHYSICS
Published on: 21 January 2016  
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Hydrogen compressed beyond a liquid into a metallic state is the ultimate super conductor
Dateline: 25 January 2035
Imagine a stable, solid metal that is made of pure hydrogen - the ultimate solid fuel and lightweight material. That is now within our grasp, as scientists perfect a new method of 'growing' hydrogen crystals and nano-wires. Twenty years ago, scientists saw the first signs that achieving metallic hydrogen was possible. By compressing microscopic amounts of hydrogen between two diamonds with massive force, the gas was observed to partially solidify, proving the theory that, with sufficient force, ...
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Bitcoin in a death spiral
Posted: 15 January 2016  
And so Bitcoin enters a declining phase, for many reasons. We've said all along that we were wary of Bitcoin's future, but more recently we've been much more excited by the potential for blockchain technology to re-invent financial and contractual processes.

Perhaps our MindBullet from the past was pretty close to the mark? ...
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment
15 January 2016
I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hu…
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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Surplus or scarcity?
Posted: 11 January 2016  
This Reuters opinion piece predicts that oil will suddenly become in short supply as high-cost producers are taken out, leaving the market open to OPEC price manipulation. This is despite the IEA view that oil prices will remain low until 2018.

Personally I am of the view that alternatives like solar will make an increasing impact, leading to lower demand, making the chance of price hikes ...
Oil will blow past $80 a barrel in 2016
11 January 2016
Low-cost OPEC producers will win the hydrocarbon price war because they can fight harder for longer. For now, OPEC is flooding the market with cheap crude. ...
MindBullet logo SUMMER OF SUPER SURPLUS
Commodity prices hit 60-year lows as oil halves
Dateline: 4 July 2016
The world is awash with basic commodities, and for many people, prices have not been so low in living memory. It's back to the 1950's in real terms for ...
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Solar breakthrough set to rewrite the books
Posted: 23 December 2015  
Is there anyone out there who still believes that solar energy (and several of the other so-called alternatives) are still on the fringe? The future of energy is happening as we speak.
What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports
23 December 2015
The impact: $73 billion in new investment in the U.S.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Is your bling the real thing?
Posted: 22 December 2015  
It's interesting to read that De Beers has such a large business in synthetic diamonds - and it's becoiming an ever more lucrative business.

Industrial uses are booming but now a growing industry – largely in the Far East – is making synthetic bling for rings and necklaces.

Are you sure yours is the real thging? Does it matter? ...
Diamonds in the rough: De Beers on spotting fakes among the flawless
22 December 2015
Mention diamonds and many may happily conjure up an image of Marilyn Monroe performing Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer ...
MindBullet logo DIAMONDS ARE FOR LIFE - AND DEATH
De Beers hit hard by new market realities
Dateline: 11 February 2007
Some years ago, Carol Shriner of Marquette, Nebraska, was turned into a yellow diamond. Her family was one of the first customers of LifeGems, an American ...
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Hacking your body
Posted: 17 December 2015  
It's a sobering thought to consider what exponential advances in biotech could bring in the coming decades. Ray Kurzweil says that genetic manipulation will be a million times more powerful in twenty years - that's 20 exponential steps.

So if you're in your 50s today, by the time you are in your 70s, the ability to prolong average life will be vastly increased, and by the time you're 100, it ...
How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120
17 December 2015
A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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SUMMER OF SUPER SURPLUS
Published on: 17 December 2015   1 Comment
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Commodity prices hit 60-year lows as oil halves
Dateline: 4 July 2016
The world is awash with basic commodities, and for many people, prices have not been so low in living memory. It's back to the 1950's in real terms for resources like coal and iron ore; wheat and corn are dirt cheap too. Fueled by fears of climate change and radical new energy and transport technologies, oil has halved in a year and is now floating around US$ 20 per barrel. Supply continues to exceed demand worldwide, as producers fight for market share. Global electricity prices have continued ...
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Perhaps the pill is here already
Posted: 10 December 2015  
An American association for aging research has managed to get approval for trials of an existing drug to see if it helps not to 'cure' aging, but improve 'healthspan' which in turn can increase lifespan.
http://singularityhub.com/2015/12/06/longer-life-in-a-pill-may-already-be-available-at-your-local-drug-store/
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MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become ...
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Energy futures are exciting and different!
Posted: 8 December 2015  
Energy future faces many new and different solutions...and many are exciting even if small at this stage!
“Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source | MIT Technology Review
8 December 2015
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
MindBullet logo MONEY FROM MUCK!
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. ...
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Getting ready for the eYuan
Posted: 30 November 2015  
Once the China yuan becomes an IMF reserve currency, how soon before it becomes an online favourite?
Next Big Future: China's yuan set for IMF reserve currency status
30 November 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to announce on Monday that China's currency, the yuan, will join the fund's group of international ...
MindBullet logo CHINA LAUNCHES THE E-YUAN
US Dollar slides as gold-backed RMB becomes the online and offline currency of choice
Dateline: 15 March 2015
China's monetary authority has done it again. After surprising everyone but a small group of futurists by partially adopting a gold standard to back their ...
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You always have a choice...
Posted: 26 November 2015  
...and there's always Dignitas!
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MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become ...
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TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
Published on: 26 November 2015   4 Comments
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The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become more than a science - now it's an industry, and once you're on that bandwagon, you're hooked for (the rest of ...
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