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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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COLLAPSE OF RUBLE THWARTS RUSSIA’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS
Published on: 22 January 2015   1 Comment
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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 gas deliveries, the value of Russia's major export commodities collapsed. As oil more than halved in value, demand for Russia's inexhaustible natural gas also dried up. Sanctions against Russia's involvement in Ukraine were helping EU states to turn to cheap Saudi oil instead. The ruble took an immediate pounding as Russian oligarchs sought to ...
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Printing buildings moves up a notch
Posted: 21 January 2015  
China is leading the world in rapid construction methods, and now they are embracing 3D printed components, which are assembled to make apartment blocks and villas. They also use recycled materials in their printing process.
World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China
21 January 2015
A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.
MindBullet logo SCRAPING THE SKY IN SHANGHAI
Tallest building in the world erected in record time
Dateline: 21 August 2014
China has done it again. After building a 15-storey hotel in six days, and a 30-storey block in 15 days, Chinese construction company BSB has built the ...
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Solar realities in Hawaii
Posted: 20 January 2015  
A really interesting perspective on the realities and problems of operating alternative energies on an existing power grid. While the Hawaiian Island of Kauai has made great strides on implementing solar power - heading towards an astonishing 80% of peak power - battery technology is not always able to cope with engineering reality. But massive investments into new battery technology are ...
Battery Performance Is Hurting Hawaii’s Solar Push | MIT Technology Review
20 January 2015
Kauai’s utility takes a second stab at battery storage as solar heads toward 80 percent of peak power.
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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India's growth to overtake China
Posted: 19 January 2015  
As the world order shakes, rattles and rolls, some win and some just don't. India, no doubt with momentum under its new PM growing, looks toward a brighter future.
World Bank: India to Become Fastest-Growing Big Economy
19 January 2015
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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 Xiaomi generation
Posted: 13 January 2015  
There's a new brand set to dominate the consumer tech space in China, and that's Xiaomi. They're becoming the trendiest smartphone maker and soon the internet of things for their adoring fans, and that's the secret to their success.

"There is a younger generation, though, the Xiaomi generation, that has grown up in a country that has been growing by near double digits every year they have been ...
Xiaomi's Ambition - stratechery by Ben Thompson
13 January 2015
Xiaomi is a hard company to understand if you only think of them as a smartphone maker. In fact, they want to own the entire house of their true fans.
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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This time is different
Posted: 2 January 2015  
Bloomberg is picking up on something we hinted at in our MindBullet on the subject of falling oil prices. It's not just a blip in the market. There are fundamental changes underway. The longer term scenario is a shift of power and economic prosperity that was unthinkable, until now.
This Era of Low-Cost Oil Is Different
2 January 2015
The world is experiencing much more than a temporary dip in oil prices.
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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NASA IS 3-D PRINTING TOOLS IN SPACE LIKE CRAZY - QUICK - WE NEED A WIDGET
Posted: 26 December 2014  
Few places offer a higher cost for storage of spare parts and more urgent need for "just in time" delivery than spacecraft. NASA has intelligently begun to solve both challenges by printing objects on the International Space Station (ISS). The greatest benefit is likely the ability to spontaneously create objects that no one could have thought to bring along, making the ingenuity ...
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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