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Battery demand beating supply
Posted: 27 May 2019

With the increase in installing home batteries to store solar power, and the shift to electric vehicles, there is pent-up demand for batteries worldwide. The future, of course, could be different.

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For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making Enough Batteries
27 May 2019
Demand for batteries to power cars and store solar energy has overmatched the world’s few suppliers.
MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after ...
New life for 'dead' batteries
Posted: 2 May 2019


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MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with ...

DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE

Published on: 2 May 2019 2 Comments

China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries

Dateline: 3 May 2024

They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with electric cars, but on an exponential scale. New energy vehicles, or NEVs, have been a runaway success, in the US, ...

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Hacking your own face
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

When airlines' computers can recognise you as quickly as government agencies, perhaps it's time to invest in digital disguise, as this MindBullet suggests!

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Facial recognition creeps up on a JetBlue passenger and she hates it
23 April 2019
Facial recognition systems don't want you to stop and think about them. This is what happens when someone does.
MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and ...

HYDROGEN ECONOMY EXPLODES

Published on: 4 April 2019

Cheap solar powers the next energy revolution

Dateline: 5 April 2036

Now that solar power has become so ubiquitous and abundant that it's almost free, energy companies are turning to the most efficient and harmless way of storing excess electricity for later use - hydrogen. It's over 30 years since Jeremy Rifkin predicted the hydrogen economy, but it's finally in full swing. The beauty of hydrogen is that it's easily manufactured from water if you have lots of spare power, can be stored and transported, burnt as ultra-clean fuel, or simply converted back into ...

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Rebuilding the earth
Posted: 15 March 2019

A decade ago - yes in 2009! - we speculated in MindBullets that climate change could be 'fixed' with geoengineering, but we also warned against unintended (harmful) consequences. Now a new study says it can be done safely, using "small doses". We remain unconvinced that tinkering with atmospheric and solar systems is a good idea.

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Small Doses Of Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Cool Earth's Warming Climate, Study Finds
15 March 2019
A new study found that injecting small doses of aerosol into the stratosphere could safely slow down global warming without unwanted side effects. It said ...
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
Printing in space for the future
Posted: 23 February 2019

As we described in our MindBullet some years ago, there a huge advantages to being able to do large scale printing in space. In the future, one could even build structures too large to be launched from earth economically, like parts of a space hotel.

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Project Imperial Consortium to Create Large Scale 3D Printer for Zero Gravity
23 February 2019
Under contract with the European Space Agency, the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will be creating a new, large-scale 3D printer capable of ...
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
POD racer makes its maiden flight
Posted: 7 February 2019

About a year ago, we published a MindBullet about foolish, courageous innovators racing passenger drones. It seems this was not so far fetched, and they are testing 'flying sports cars' right now. But it's so much easier to refer to them as PODs (passenger optimized drones).

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Personal ‘flying sports car’ made its maiden flight and didn’t crash
7 February 2019
Half a century ago, futurists predicted that personal aircraft would be the norm by the year 2000 or shortly thereafter. Well, it’s 2019 and the promise of ...
MindBullet logo POD RACING TAKES OFF
Racing flying cars is a thing
Dateline: 12 January 2020
It's exhilarating, it's dangerous, and it's happening. Contrary to common sense and good advice, young geeks are taking part in a dangerous game, racing ...
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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Pod racing for $150k anyone?
Posted: 29 October 2018


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MindBullet logo POD RACING TAKES OFF
Racing flying cars is a thing
Dateline: 12 January 2020
It's exhilarating, it's dangerous, and it's happening. Contrary to common sense and good advice, young geeks are taking part in a dangerous game, racing against each other in real life, flying machines. Passenger Optimized Drones, or PODs are the nearest thing we have to flying cars. The problem is, they don't have wheels, so they're not cars, and the batteries don't last long enough for a ...
Cows that tweet
Posted: 15 October 2018

A little while ago we wrote about connecting organic things like plants and animals to the internet. Well, here you go, courtesy of MIT Technology Review.

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future
15 October 2018
Livestock Labs is getting bio-monitors under cows’ skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier, and it wants to bring its tech to people, too.
MindBullet logo INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS
Plants that tweet and pets that ping
Dateline: 13 October 2023
Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you ...
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 ...
VW's plans for 3D printed parts
Posted: 14 September 2018

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing have been using metal printers for some time, to produce specialised parts for aircraft from titanium powder. Even jet engines have adopted 3D printing for complex components like fuel nozzles. Auto companies like Volkswagen have also used them for rare parts and concept models, but now VW plans to use HP metal printers for mass production. Perhaps our ...

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Volkswagen Plans to Use 3D Printing for Mass Production
14 September 2018
The world's largest car manufacture revealed plans to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom ...
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and ...
3D printing goes BIG!
Posted: 12 September 2018

3D printing is now pretty much mainstream - and it's going BIG! The US military has just built a 46 sq m barracks hut in just 40 hours, on what they're calling the world's biggest 3D printer. Check it out here.

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US military builds barracks using "world's largest" 3D printer
12 September 2018
3D-printed construction is portable and inexpensive, and could help build a safe barracks in a shorter time. With this in mind, the US Marine Corps Systems ...
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 ...
MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments and make physical copies of them. Following on the craze of designer pets, kids can now design their own version of notorious game heroes, and have them 'grown' by BioSynth Inc. Reminiscent of the action figure toys of yesteryear, these ...
Beating big brother's AI facial recognition cameras
Posted: 6 September 2018


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MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables ...
Bionic eye
Posted: 30 August 2018


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MindBullet logo CYBORG EYES SAVE STARS FROM PEEPING TOM'S GAZE
Wanted man picked out of crowd with bionic vision
Dateline: 3 November 2019
The notorious 'Celebrity Stalker' was apprehended last night after being spotted in a street crowd - with the help of cyborg eyes. The latest improvements in bionic eyes, artificial eyeballs with light-sensitive chips and image enhancement software, have made myopia, sight defects, and even blindness a disability of the past. Marksmen and bodyguards have even opted for super-zoom lenses ...
California goes carbon-free, eventually
Posted: 29 August 2018

By 2045, the California Assembly wants 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources. Regulators say they could achieve the 50% mark by the end of 2020, a decade earlier than expected.

Personally I favour Tesla solar roof style generation over massive solar farms, but I guess they're going to use both, plus lots of wind turbines. ...

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California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world
29 August 2018
The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.
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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