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The beginning of the end for internal combustion engines
Posted: 19 February 2019


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MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just ...
The formula for success
Posted: 28 January 2019

Last year we published a MindBullet that said innovation is not a good idea, meaning that you need more than just a great idea to be successful. This concept has now been 'vindicated' by scientists, physicists no less, who say that success (and by implication successful innovation) is a product of a good idea and a high-quality ability to execute on that idea. QED!

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Physicists Have Discovered a Formula for Success, and It Contains a Brutal Truth
28 January 2019
From Reese Witherspoon to Jeff Bezos, those who are super successful in their chosen domain accept this truth.
MindBullet logo INNOVATION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
It's about working on a really great problem
Dateline: 5 April 2023
You might have a great idea, and be obsessed with it, to the extent that you can't sleep, can barely eat, and all your conscious hours are spent on ...
China's (re)cycling problem
Posted: 15 January 2019


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MindBullet logo CYCLING ON A RECYCLED CYCLE
There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up sidewalks and alleyways, malls and stations. The boom in bike manufacture, almost exclusively in China, accelerated, as bicycles essentially became disposable items. With large, automated production runs, producing a standardized bike every 10 ...
Greening the city office
Posted: 7 January 2019


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MindBullet logo THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN
Printed bio solar cells are greening the city
Dateline: 3 January 2028
We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the ...
Norway's electric dream
Posted: 7 January 2019

Norway shows that the way to get more people driving electric cars is to give them the right incentives. This is ironic, as Norway has fueled much of their high standard of living from the sale of North Sea oil, but perhaps it helps them to balance their moral carbon budget. The subsidies are expensive, and could be a higher proportion of national budget than conservatives would support, but ...

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Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
7 January 2019
Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new wo...
MindBullet logo GREENBUCKS FOR GREEN TECH
Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting ...

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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Have we reached peak ICE?
Posted: 31 December 2018

"In China, the world’s biggest car market, growth in the market for combustion engine cars has already stalled, while demand for electric cars is accelerating. In the first 10 months of this year, petrol car sales in China fell to less than 18m from 18.7m in the same period a year ago, according to Jato."

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MindBullet logo VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor cars, the transition wasn't easy, but it was inevitable. And, just as owning a horse became a costly luxury, an expensive hobby for those who truly enjoyed riding, so owning a car, one that you have to fill up with fuel, and drive yourself, ...
A glut of US oil in six years
Posted: 24 December 2018

It seems that our #MindBullet of six years ago is in danger of becoming reality in the next six years. The International Energy Agency thinks US oil output by then will surpass that of Russia and Saudi combined! That is bound to shake up markets dramatically, particularly if oil consumption in the US also declines.

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IEA Chief: U.S. Oil Output To Near Saudi+Russian Production By 2025 | OilPrice.com
24 December 2018
IEA director Fatih Birol has made quite a claim by saying that U.S. total oil production might near the combined production of Russia and Saudi Arabia by ...
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...

SPOTTING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Published on: 20 December 2018

Quantum sensing sees the invisible

Dateline: 18 December 2021

The Butterfly Effect theorizes that the beating of the wings of a single butterfly in Japan could cause a hurricane in Hawaii. What it really means, is that everything in nature and the world is connected on some level, however insignificant it may seem. And the greatest connection is at the molecular level, beyond the nanoscale. Much like the way smart systems can detect someone moving in the next room, by analyzing faint disturbances in the background WiFi signals, we can now 'see' into opaque ...

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The coming glut of electric cars
Posted: 12 December 2018

Over the years, several of our MindBullets have set out scenarios involving China, fossil fuels, new energy and electric cars. So much so, that it's difficult to choose one with which to highlight this new analysis about China and the accelerating pace of electric vehicle adoption and manufacture.

Here's a MindBullet that says this might all backfire (sorry) by 2029... ...

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How China raised the stakes for electric vehicles
12 December 2018
With confidence in future demand from the vast Chinese market, carmakers’ ambitions took off.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are ...
America's new oil for export
Posted: 10 December 2018

Six years ago we speculated that new technology, principally fracking, would enable the United States to become a net exporter of oil. This has now become a reality, as for the first time in 75 years the US exports more petro products than it imports. Plus a further announcement of the "largest ever continuous resource" puts America on a firm footing to expand its oil and gas exports.

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Largest ever continuous oil and gas resource found in the United States
10 December 2018
The US Department of the Interior has announced the discovery of the largest continuous oil and gas field ever found, estimated to contain 46.3 billion ...
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...

ELECTRIC FEAST FROM THE EAST

Published on: 1 November 2018

China exports latest technology for organic food

Dateline: 9 January 2023

In dramatic style, China has surged ahead with the production of organic fruit and vegetables at affordable prices. Since the breakthrough achieved five years ago, China's 'ion farmers' have grown exponentially - and it's all thanks to electricity! If it sounds like science fiction, you're excused, but in fact electromagnetic pulses are beating pests and accelerating plant growth in millions of greenhouses across the country. Facing the daunting task of feeding a burgeoning population with ...

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Accelerating the take off
Posted: 18 October 2018

What most people don't realise is that air traffic is growing exponentially, at an accelerating rate, globally. This is driven partly by increased efficiency due to tech, as well as increased affluence, especially in places like India and China, the biggest markets for future travel. It's one of the paradoxes of efficiency, called Jevson's paradox, I think, that as things become more ...

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MindBullet logo CRUISING THE CROWDED SKIES
Everybody who's anybody is a frequent flyer
Dateline: 20 March 2038
In the last couple of decades, air traffic has rocketed. Annual air passenger numbers have shot up from less than 8 billion in 2018 to over 20 billion today. That's almost three times the world population, every year! Bearing in mind that hardly any flights exceed 24 hours, that means that, on average, 60 million people are boarding flights, somewhere, every day. And that doesn't include ...

CRUISING THE CROWDED SKIES

Published on: 18 October 2018 1 Comment

Everybody who's anybody is a frequent flyer

Dateline: 20 March 2038

In the last couple of decades, air traffic has rocketed. Annual air passenger numbers have shot up from less than 8 billion in 2018 to over 20 billion today. That's almost three times the world population, every year! Bearing in mind that hardly any flights exceed 24 hours, that means that, on average, 60 million people are boarding flights, somewhere, every day. And that doesn't include drone taxis and private planes. The only way major air terminals can cope with the hordes is increased reliance ...

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Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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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 decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
Electric cars saving the city
Posted: 27 September 2018

As we suggested in this MindBullet from last year, electric cars won't make the slightest difference to climate change, but they make city air cleaner, and the streets much quieter. Here's proof.


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MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on climate change. It seems the global climate runs on its own largely unexplained clock, and nothing we do affects it much. Electric cars have become the vehicle of choice for two reasons; cheaper, more efficient batteries, and charging ...

UN REJECTS MARKET MECHANISM

Published on: 27 September 2018

Favours increasing state intervention to realize development goals

Dateline: 15 March 2020

"Existing economic theories are incapable of meeting the needs of the future, and we need an economic transition, away from neoclassical economics and market capitalism," said the latest Sustainable Development report. In other words, capitalism and free markets are not good enough to guarantee prosperity for the people of the world. According to the UN. This position is bound to stir up heated debate from all quarters. No one can argue with the fact that democratic market economies and global trade ...

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Driving extinction with genes
Posted: 25 September 2018


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MindBullet logo ISLAND CROP DECIMATED BY GENE DRIVE FLIES
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the dirt on my hiking boots smells funny? Or they confiscate my grandma's old dusty portrait?' often ran through peoples' heads. Quarantine officers checking for foreign organic matter and unwelcome species used to have an irritating, but ...
Another nuclear hopeful fails
Posted: 25 September 2018 1 Comment

Compact modular molten-salt reactors were touted as the future of nuclear energy - they could be mass produced at a factory and shipped to the town where they were needed. And they would be safe. Yeah, well great ideas don't always work out in practice, and the hard reality of getting a new nuclear technology off the ground has collapsed Transatomic.

Let's face it, nuclear is difficult, and ...

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Nuclear startup to fold after failing to deliver reactor that ran on spent fuel
25 September 2018
Transatomic Power, an MIT spinout that drew wide attention and millions in funding, is shutting down almost two years after the firm backtracked on bold ...
MindBullet logo FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said ...
Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo FILL 'ER UP WITH SHUGGA-D
Synthetic biodiesel from sugar makes oil-based diesel look primitive and costly
Dateline: 9 April 2010
Amyris has launched their second-generation biofuel, and it looks like they're taking the market by storm. The new diesel is 'manufactured' by tiny microbes directly from sugar cane pulp. The American biotechnology company has spent the last two years perfecting the process by which their genetically engineered micro-organism converts the natural carbohydrate energy in sugar to a chemical ...

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