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Revolutionary evolution in the work place.
Posted: 24 April 2014  
It's not before time that people become self employed. The best service that I get either in my personal or business life is from owner businesses not corporates.
The challenge to all of us is that we need to be 'foxy" as Clem Sunter puts it, and many of us have not developed this trait in business. It's been too easy to rely on the boss to take the risks.
Outcomes based work is nothing ...
MindBullet logo REVOLUTIONARY EVOLUTION IN THE UK WORKPLACE
10m small businesses but 5m have no employees
Dateline: 12 January 2019
The UK has developed into an increasingly polarized workplace. Unemployment has fallen and formal employment has grown, but conversely there has been an absolute boom in a new kind of work. The number of sole traders have exploded and 'zero-hour' contracts has boomed. The fact that the number of small UK firms has now reached 10m, from just 4.9m five years ago is testimony to the success of ...
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REVOLUTIONARY EVOLUTION IN THE UK WORKPLACE
Published on: 24 April 2014   1 Comment
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10m small businesses but 5m have no employees
Dateline: 12 January 2019
The UK has developed into an increasingly polarized workplace. Unemployment has fallen and formal employment has grown, but conversely there has been an absolute boom in a new kind of work. The number of sole traders have exploded and 'zero-hour' contracts has boomed. The fact that the number of small UK firms has now reached 10m, from just 4.9m five years ago is testimony to the success of economic policies that have given a knees-up to commerce. The self-employed now represent double the number of ...
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3D Printing - ever forward
Posted: 21 April 2014  
What next? Remember our first MindBullet on this subject published 10 years ago? Read it again below.
Scientists are working on PRINTING a heart
21 April 2014
Scientists at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, have printed arteries (pictured) and think they could print a whole heart in ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
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Diesel's future
Posted: 17 April 2014   1 Comment
Personally I am much more optimistic about the future of diesel, and don't think this scenario of diesel being banned will materialize. Diesel is a very efficient store of energy, and is the backbone of heavy trucking globally. While it might be feasible to convert some trucks to natural gas, converting them to petrol is not a proposition.

New technology is winning the day for diesel. In ...
New Generation of Clean Diesel Technology Is Fueling U.S. Economic Growth
17 April 2014
In The Past 10 Years, Emissions From Diesel Trucks And Buses Have Been Reduced By 99% For NOx And 98% For Particulate Emissions
MindBullet logo DEADLY DIESEL'S CENTURY ENDS ABRUPTLY
Germany first to put health before economy
Dateline: 12 July 2017
Germany's Berliner Zeitung put it succinctly: Diesel Backfires - Decades of government support can't hide the ugly truth. It was only three years ago ...
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DEADLY DIESEL'S CENTURY ENDS ABRUPTLY
Published on: 17 April 2014   2 Comments
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Germany first to put health before economy
Dateline: 12 July 2017
Germany's Berliner Zeitung put it succinctly: Diesel Backfires - Decades of government support can't hide the ugly truth. It was only three years ago that government researchers began to admit that irritating private research may just be correct - the nitrogen dioxide emissions generated by diesel engines have increased substantially over the past two decades and there was no sign of a reversal. Tiny toxic particulates emitted by diesel engines, have been shown to pass through the lungs and enter ...
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The facts about who's doing what in nuclear energy
Posted: 9 April 2014  
Is nuclear power dead, in the wake of Fukushima, or is it undergoing a renaissance? The debate rages own between the pro- and anti- lobbies. What's needed are some cold, hard facts - and that's precisely what this info graphic provides. Who's investing in new nuclear power capacity and who's retracting? Will our MindBullet become a reality? Read on?
Nuclear Powers Ahead in Some Countries, Falters in Others | MIT Technology Review
9 April 2014
Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.
MindBullet logo GERMANY POWERS DOWN ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
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3D printer for under $300 is a Kickstarter hit
Posted: 9 April 2014  
A 3D printer for under $300....now the game really starts! Remember when buying an ordinary paper printer for your home was a serious investment? And how home printers have become commoditised, to the extent where we print without a thought? The same will happen with 3D printing, but the real revolution will be in industry, as manufacturing is reinvented, and in health, as printing of body ...
Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit
9 April 2014
An ultra-cheap 3D printer has hit its Kickstarter goal in just 11 minutes, with some lauding it as the first mass market version of the technology.
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
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Nigeria moves into the lead
Posted: 8 April 2014  
As we accurately foretold some years ago, Nigeria has surpassed South Africa to be come the continent's biggest economy. The sudden leap into the lead is the result of rebasing the 'real' GDP estimates, which might be construed by some as statistical trickery, but an earlier rebasing might have put Nigeria in the lead years ago.

Be that as it may, South Africa is still poised to be the ...
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8 April 2014
Nigeria has become Africa's largest economy. FIGURES published on April 6th put Nigeria's GDP at 80.2 trillion naira ($509 billion) in 2013, taking it ...
MindBullet logo NIGERIA LEADS THE AFRICAN REVOLUTION
As the African Decade draws to a close, there is a very clear new regional economic leader, and it's not South Africa
Dateline: 16 December 2019
Africa, the dark continent of the past, has enjoyed a decade of growth and prosperity, due in no small part to the resource-hungry giants of the East. ...
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Europe's gas guzzling problem
Posted: 4 April 2014  
The Crimean crisis brings into sharp focus the vast consumption by the EU of Russian gas. This lengthy article by the Economist reveals the complexity of the situation, but ultimately sums it up in one paragraph:

"Though making a real dent in Europe’s reliance on Russian gas will take political will, money and the best part of a decade, merely moving in that direction will shift the balance of ...
Conscious uncoupling
4 April 2014
WHEN Vladimir Putin was bribing Viktor Yanukovych, then the president of Ukraine, to turn down a trade deal with the European Union last year, one of the ...
MindBullet logo GAZPROM THE BIGGEST CASUALTY IN CRIMEA CRISIS AFTERMATH
Merkel declares Germany free of Russian gas
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany had achieved a new level of energy security and independence. "It has taken us five years to ...
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China's grand plan for cities
Posted: 27 March 2014  
China's latest urbanization policy has strong environmental overtones.

According to Xinhua, the plan says China should strive to push for "harmonious and pleasant living conditions in cities by making basic public services accessible to all permanent urbanites and pursuing better ecology, more clean air and safe drinking water."

China's ultimate ambition is to have a population that mirrors ...
Beijing unveils landmark national urbanization plan
27 March 2014
China on Sunday unveiled an urbanization plan for the 2014-2020 period in an effort to steer the country's urbanization onto a human-centered and ...
MindBullet logo MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
Published on: 27 March 2014   1 Comment
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China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, rising from the second most important economy to top spot, eclipsing even the United States, although not by much. How did the 'Middle Kingdom' do it? China faced down its biggest demographic crisis, with the population segment that provides the workforce declining by 70 million people since 2010. Many feared this would precipitate a collapse, as ...
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NASA says we're doomed
Posted: 20 March 2014  
Will our technology-based civilization collapse in the coming decades? A new study funded by NASA seems to suggest it's likely. Certainly many advocates of "Limits to Growth" and projections of global population exceeding 10 billion would agree. But here's the thing. The future doesn't necessarily reflect past cycles, and globalisation makes comparisons with previous advanced civilizations ...
According to NASA’s model based study, we are headed to Civilization Collapse
20 March 2014
A model based study is full of gloom and doom:  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  It makes our book Global ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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GAZPROM THE BIGGEST CASUALTY IN CRIMEA CRISIS AFTERMATH
Published on: 20 March 2014   1 Comment
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Merkel declares Germany free of Russian gas
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany had achieved a new level of energy security and independence. "It has taken us five years to wean ourselves from Russian gas but today I can announce that the last Gazprom supplies are being officially switched off." In March 2014, Russia claimed Crimea as their own. In the diplomatic crisis that ensued, Russia held an economic weapon - Europe's dependence on gas supplies from the east. The crisis was a catalyst for EU leaders to rethink ...
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Bring on the bionic broccoli
Posted: 18 March 2014  
We've suggested before that we might copy nature and create synthetic leaves, that harness energy from the sun better than solar panels, and more like, well, plants. But how about using plants enhanced with nano-particles? Are they super-plants, bionic plants, or smart plants? Broccoli for a brighter future!
Supercharged bionic plants to detect pollutants, explosives
18 March 2014
MIT researchers have found a way to enhance photosynthesis, and the same method can be used to bolster plants with superpowers like detecting TNT and ...
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
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Now 3D printing is mainstream
Posted: 13 March 2014  
Does anybody still doubt that 3D printing has moved from the test-lab and the hobbyists' garage to mainstream? And we're just at the beginning of the manufacturing revolution. Its now being used in industrial manufacturing, health, retail;, design and man more places. But...watch this space - 4D printing is yet to come! You can read about this in the MindBullet alongside.
Patient has pioneering 3D face op
13 March 2014
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR
Dancing atoms will end the age of resource scarcity
Dateline: 18 September 2023
Technology has always driven the progress of manufacturing, from the first time one of our ancestors carved a flint tool, to the Industrial Revolution and ...
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Bitcoin, what are you?
Posted: 12 March 2014  
Bitcoin's wild ride isn't over yet. But as we said before, it won't be a currency unless it changes in radical ways. Goldman Sachs seems to agree.

On the other hand, maybe Bitcoin is one of those things we don't understand enough yet. Perhaps it's the precursor to a new digital financial model that breaks the bonds with the established paradigm and ushers in a new era of 'money' as a concept ...
Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency | TechCrunch
12 March 2014
Goldman Sachs thinks that bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up. In the wake of Mt. Gox's collapse, the supposed..
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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Who thinks nuclear is dead?
Posted: 12 March 2014   1 Comment
So who thinks nuclear is dead? This is a fascinating read why Japan, even after the Fukushima disaster, is turning back to nuclear energy.
Why Japan’s Government Is Bringing Nuclear Back | MIT Technology Review
12 March 2014
The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse ...
MindBullet logo NUCLEAR FUTURE A PERSONAL REALITY
GE launches community and home reactors
Dateline: 7 November 2022
During the past two decades global energy demands have doubled. The nuclear power industry has grown on demands for electrical power to fuel economic ...
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The Perfect Storm in banking
Posted: 9 March 2014  
Do the banks really understand the Perfect Storm in which they find themselves? They face a global trust crisis, a regulatory tsunami, an full-on assault from a plethora of new non-banking competitors, demands from their own staff and customers for new models and services, and more. As this article suggests, up the 35% of traditional bank revenue may be under threat in a shifting ...
Banks have surprising new competitors
9 March 2014
Banks could see as much as 35 percent of their revenue up for grabs over the next decade. Which companies are taking advantage?
MindBullet logo BANKS GET FOUND OUT
How they continued to profit in a sawtooth no-growth economy
Dateline: 31 May 2012
Everyone says they're not surprised, but today's revelations in the New York Times and Britain's The Independent have shaken the masters of the financial ...
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3-D Printing Blood Vessels into Artificial Tissues Could Eliminate Need for Donor Organs | MIT Techn
6 March 2014
Artificial tissue has always lacked a key ingredient: blood vessels. A new 3-D printing technique seems poised to change that.
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
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Beyond Bitcoin
Posted: 26 February 2014  
There's huge debate - and huge disagreement - in the financial community over whether Bitcoin has a future. As this article argues, the issue is not Bitcoin, but the concept of cryptocurrencies and their potential usefulness. Our MindBullet alongside suggested that the Bitcoin bubble may indeed burst - and headlines over the last few weeks have shown the currency to be under pressure. The ...
Bitcoin Itself May Live or Die, but Cryptocurrencies Will Live On | MIT Technology Review
26 February 2014
Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.
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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