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China's alternative energy pledge a tipping point
Posted: 5 July 2015  
Back in 2008 we wrote a MindBulllet about the collapse of the coal price as countries embraced solar and other alternative energy technologies. Could it happen? China's pledge this week to wind and solar is seriously bad news for coal producers and exporters, and could just be a tipping point.
It follows on the news earlier this year that investment into alternative energy is now exceeding ...
China's climate pledge for green growth spells doom for coal exporters
5 July 2015
Renewable energy is all go in China, as set out in its climate pledge this week, writes John Mathews, with huge growth planned for wind and solar. The one ...
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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The collapse of coal
Posted: 5 June 2015  
Is it happening? Is the scenario we put forward in our MindBullet seven years ago starting to play out? Or is this just a short term blip in the face of shifting patterns towards natural gas, which is cheaper and cleaner?
The American coal industry is collapsing - Fusion
5 June 2015
Just five years ago, the American coal industry was looking strong. But times have changed, and the market value of coal companies has collapsed.
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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Food tech for hero farmers
Posted: 27 May 2015  
Who says technology only benefits big corporations? The future of a global, highly connected, highly urbanised and tech-enabled society lies in co-creation, co-production and collaborative consumption. For basic things like food and energy too. We envisage a future where micro producers of solar power and fresh vegetables are connected on platforms that let them operate more efficiently than ...
Technology Is Reshaping the Food Chain
27 May 2015
We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative; methods and products that are economical for small farms as well as ...
MindBullet logo FARMAGEDDON, FAMINE AND FOOD
The war between agribusiness and artisanal farming threatens food security for the poor
Dateline: 1 May 2024
It seems that voices in the pastoral wilderness have been shouting contradictory messages at each other for decades. Since the beginning of the 21st ...
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Tesla Energy and innovation
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the hype around Tesla's Powerwall begins to settle, and reality kicks in, let's not forget that this innovation is hardly revolutionary - it's just a battery, but a better one. Many people, myself included, have ventured the opinion that it's been over-hyped. On its own, the Powerwall is not going to take a house off-grid, and in many markets it's just too expensive.

But it could change the ...
Why Elon Musk might just change the world
11 May 2015
Tesla's Powerwall and products like it, when tied to solar panels, could have a real impact on minimising millions of people’s reliance on dirty energy ...
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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Energy from photosynthesis? - we told you so in 2009!
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the science of nano technology advances we will discover whole new ways of solving vexed old problems. Energy emulating the process of photosynthesis is just one of these.
Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis | MIT Technology Review
11 May 2015
Researchers say combining bacteria with nanoscale semiconductors opens a new path toward efficient artificial photosynthesis.
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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Staggering numbers...another bubble or just part of the exponential economy?
Posted: 5 May 2015   1 Comment
Now its India's turn...to attract investments, create tech billionaires but maybe, just maybe, to add to the exponential wave of new business growth and business model shifts in the global economy.
With Big Names and Money Flowing In, Tech Start-Ups in India Heat Up
5 May 2015
Intense interest from prominent investors is helping to drive eye-popping valuations among Indian tech start-ups.
MindBullet logo INDIA & CHINA FORM POWER BLOC
Nuclear energy central to plans for world domination
Dateline: 5 May 2014
India and China may be the unlikeliest of partners, but the continued demand for clean energy has brought the world's most populous nations into an ...
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The World, She is a changing'...can China and India reshape our future?
Posted: 4 May 2015  
As the numbers will reveal there is a massive opportunity for a new global future, dominated by China and India. The implications for a major shift will be huge...in terms of opportunity and threat - depending on your perspective. Are you ready for a new world order? Have you understood the implications?
Policy Watch: Can Modi and Xi reshape Eurasia? | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
4 May 2015
Policy Watch: Can Modi and Xi reshape Eurasia? - The bilateral summit in China next fortnight could change geopolitics
MindBullet logo INDIA & CHINA FORM POWER BLOC
Nuclear energy central to plans for world domination
Dateline: 5 May 2014
India and China may be the unlikeliest of partners, but the continued demand for clean energy has brought the world's most populous nations into an ...
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Energy reaches a tipping point...and the future will never be the same
Posted: 16 April 2015  
Quietly and without fanfare, the world's production of renewable energy now surpasses all the new energy brought online by gas, Coal and other fossil fuels in the past year. This is the moment we have long suggested cold happen but the carbon energy lobby always said would never happen as renewables could not offer big enough base load generation. With the increasing efficiencies of ...
Fossil fuels have lost the race against renewables
16 April 2015
The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point - the world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas and ...
MindBullet logo ENERGY GLUT TRIGGERS CRASH
Renewable energy supplies exceed traditional demand
Dateline: 18 May 2023
Investors are still shell-shocked after two days of panic selling that has wiped 27% off the Dow Jones, 32% off the London Stock Exchange and a terrifying ...
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Batteries for the energy internet
Posted: 14 April 2015  
We've talked many times about the approaching exponential innovations in energy technology, especially solar power. Solar is rapidly advancing to the point where, in some communities, there is more available during peak sunshine hours than can be consumed. And that's where energy storage becomes critical.

Tech investors and entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk are looking to accelerate ...
Bill Gates joins Elon Musk in search of renewable's holy grail
14 April 2015
The biggest single impediment to a global explosion in renewable energy is storage. Crack the challenge of expensive batteries and a future without ...
MindBullet logo LIQUID BATTERIES KEEP THE BIG APPLE SHINING
New York City runs all night on a single charge
Dateline: 21 April 2015
In the city that never sleeps, the lights burn all night. But don't worry, they're not consuming precious fuel or polluting the environment, because the ...
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New hydrogen breakthrough
Posted: 13 April 2015  
A new method of converting plant waste into hydrogen that promises to be ten times more effective than electrolysis could, if commercialised, finally kick-start the hydrogen economy.

"Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the Virginia Tech team used dirty biomass—the husks and stalks of corn plants—to create their fuel. This not only reduces the ...
New discovery may be breakthrough for hydrogen cars
13 April 2015
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes ...
MindBullet logo FUEL CELLS TO THE RESCUE OF PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS
There's a resurgence in EVs, thanks to cheap fuel-cell technology and hydrogen
Dateline: 9 August 2016
Once the darling of the US administration, fuel-cell vehicles were the future of clean, green motoring. Fuel cells running on hydrogen produce only water ...
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Metal printing dreams and reality check
Posted: 18 March 2015  
We've enthused about the potential for 3D printing in titanium and other metals to completely revolutionise manufacturing as we know it, and indeed, in the aerospace industry, printing specialised components from titanium powder is enabling novel designs.

But in 3D printing titanium and the bin of broken dreams Spencer Wright takes a deep dive into the current state of the art, and science, of ...
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 printing technology company Hewlett Packard, makes perfect sense. And the reason? 3-D printing has gone mainstream as an industrial production technique, and HP-BHP wants to corner the market. There's hardly an industry within which 3-D ...
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Growing old and healthy
Posted: 11 March 2015  
OK, so no-one wants to live forever, but enjoying a long and healthy life is a great idea, and good for the economy too. These new drug combinations may be the start of combating old-age diseases and slowing the aging process.
Drugs that dramatically increase healthy lifespan discovered
11 March 2015
A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models ...
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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Head transplant? Might just be possible!
Posted: 1 March 2015  
Imagine the unimaginable? The prospect of infinite human life is already being debated in some scientific circles. Every year steps towards this prospect happen all over the world of science. Suddenly, an Italian scientist says he will transplant a head in a few years...where could this lead humankind to? Is it even possible? The answer is yes it is possible and yes it might well happen! The ...
Surgeon Plans First Human Head Transplant
1 March 2015
Sergio Canavero claims recipients would be able to speak using the same voice and could be walking within a year.
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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The solar revolution
Posted: 26 February 2015  
An excellent article in the letter from Washington by Business Day's Simon Barber, on how solar power is steadily moving to the fore. And yet antediluvian administrations all over the world - and certainly in South Africa - continue to squander vast sums on old-fashioned industrial-age technologies. We need new leadership!
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: SA’s nuclear Zumacrats ignore energy advances
26 February 2015
Every revolution has its reactionaries. In the US, these include the billionaire Koch brothers, who have been bankrolling the Tea Party wing and the ...
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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Energy internet
Posted: 25 February 2015  
We've been talking about the concept of an energy internet for some time now. A smart grid where both power generation is distributed and power consumption is collaborative. It's inevitable that as rooftop solar becomes more widespread and power utilities less powerful, that an efficient means of sharing excess power with your neighbours, and having extra power available on demand, will lower ...
'Smart City' knows who needs power, and when - CNN.com
25 February 2015
The city of Mannheim, Germany, uses a smart network to match electricity supply with demand.
MindBullet logo PEAK OIL IS HORSE MANURE
The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
Dateline: 20 January 2021
Back in the day, when horse drawn carriages and buggies were the preferred mode of transport for anyone, there was a big fear in Paris, London and New York ...
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Basement broccoli
Posted: 13 February 2015  
More than seven years ago, we proposed a MindBullets scenario for solving the big problem of trucking fresh food into the big cities on a daily basis. Ever-increasing fuel and transport costs make this a good target for innovation. Even with the falling oil price, there are obvious benefits to growing food indoors or on roof-tops, even in artificially-lit basements. It's always organically ...
Sun-free farming: Indoor crops under the spotlight
13 February 2015
It tastes great, is hyper-local and is available all year round. But is growing food indoors in our cities really sustainable?
MindBullet logo SKYSCRAPER FARMS SOLVE URBAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Indoor farming produces fresh food where it's needed - in the store
Dateline: 1 May 2030
New thinking in urban design, plus new technologies, are turning city blocks into self-contained 'country villages'. Hydrogen fuel cells and community ...
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CHOCOLATE DEFICIT LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTH
Published on: 12 February 2015  
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A not so happy Valentine's Day
Dateline: 14 February 2019
For the last couple of years the world has been running a chocolate deficit and it's probably not going to change anytime soon. At the moment, the global cacao sector is already in need of one million tons of cacao and the current projection is that we will have a shortfall of 2.2 million metric tons of ebony goodness by 2030. It's a real multi-faceted challenge. Ivory Coast and Ghana, which produce more than 70% of the world's cacao, have been suffering from climate change-induced droughts and to ...
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UN DECLARES POVERTY ILLEGAL
Published on: 29 January 2015  
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Inequality next in the firing line
Dateline: 12 January 2021
The first resolution to come out of the United Nations for the new year is somewhat startling. Poverty has been declared 'illegal'. "A minimum living standard should be regarded as a basic human right," said the secretary general. "In this day and age, governments must ensure that for all their citizens, or step aside and let more competent people govern!" Another item on the agenda is to reduce global inequality, not only within nation states, an increasingly archaic concept, but also between top ...
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Robot farm workers
Posted: 28 January 2015  
You may have heard us expound on the concept of precision agriculture, where drones do aerial surveys of the fields, and robots precisely manage the crop production. This trend is advancing faster than we thought. Here's a slideshow of 27 agricultural robots who have recently joined the workforce, from the enormous, specialized LettuceBot to the utility BoniRob, a lightweight field robot ...
Top Robots for Farmers for 2014
28 January 2015
Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for the ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Russia cut to junk
Posted: 27 January 2015  
The scenario outlined in our recent MindBullet looks increasingly likely. Will China become Russia's strongest (and only significant) ally?
Russia downgraded to junk status for first time in decade
27 January 2015
S&P says downgrade caused by reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and weakening of financial system as oil price drops
MindBullet logo COLLAPSE OF RUBLE THWARTS RUSSIA’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS
Putin blames oil price for Russia's cash crunch
Dateline: 5 January 2017
The oil price plunge could not have come at a worse time for Russia. Just as Putin was flexing his muscles, taking back Crimea and calling the shots over ...
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