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Can't stop viral power
Posted: 6 December 2016  
Earlier this year, we published a MindBullet about micro generation and consumption of solar power, particularly in under developed areas like Africa. Now people who have abundant sunshine are leapfrogging the industrial-age model of a centralised power utility, straight into the future of basic electric power at almost zero cost!

Not even Trump can reverse this trend. ...
Off the grid solar is increasingly solving power problems in parts of rural Africa
6 December 2016
Pay-as-you-go solar systems have begun to light up homes in underserved parts of the continent, but will need to pack more punch to leapfrog the grid.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
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African solar set to power Europe
Posted: 5 December 2016   1 Comment
Don't say we never told you! Way back in 2009 and we wrote the MindBullet alongside, that sunny African states would dominate the future energy market. And its happening, right now, with a giant solar plant in the deserts of Morocco.
The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe
5 December 2016
We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world.
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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Taxing food and water, and air
Posted: 8 November 2016  
A few years ago, we published a MindBullet which suggested that the climate control freaks, I mean bureaucrats, would eventually tax us for the very air we breathe. While that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the idea is not so far fetched. Water is already taxed in the form of VAT on your council bill, and bottled water is taxed three times over, which is probably a good thing.

Now comes an idea to ...
Food Tax Could Tackle Climate Change and Save Half a Million Lives: Study - NDTV Food
8 November 2016
Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save half a million lives, a ...
MindBullet logo TAKE A DEEP BREATH, YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING FOR AIR
European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
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SAY HI TO DECEPTIVE VEGGIES
Published on: 13 October 2016  
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Synthetic Biologists say it’s not what it seems
Dateline: 4 February 2022
The sugar taxes did not work, the juice cleanses came and went, and now that obesity rates have broken through the roof, it's time for us to try something different. In 2016 Oxford scientists created oranges that tasted and smelled like grapefruit. They were driven by purely economic reasons back then, as it took about 400,000kg of grapefruits to produce 1kg of grapefruit flavouring for use in other food products such as sweets and drinks. From there the technology improved exponentially as ...
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CHINA TRUMPS TRUMP, RUSSIA LOOMS LARGE
Published on: 6 October 2016  
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Brexit looks benign in the face of new shocks
Dateline: 14 October 2017
Disruption and turbulence are the new normal, as Black and 'Grey' Swans hatch repeatedly. When the British voted to leave the EU, it was a great shock to the global system, and markets reacted in both predictable, and unpredictable ways. While everyone was 'waiting and seeing' which way the wind would blow, Donald Trump became POTUS, sending another shockwave through the world. Within a year, France and Germany saw populism and reactionary forces replace their governing parties, and the EU is ...
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LET YOUR SHIRT FIX ITSELF
Published on: 29 September 2016  
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Self-repairing clothing works like magic
Dateline: 26 November 2019
With Millennials lacking basic needlework skills and only thinking of Twitter when you say 'thread' - someone had to come up with a sewing solution that is so easy, even the laziest among us would have no excuse. Researchers at D-IT in Paris have created a detergent that can infiltrate torn or damaged clothing fibers and enable them to re-attach. Just use cold water, a spoonful of Mendy (provisional name) and 25 minutes later your sweater will really be as good as new! Mendy was developed from an ...
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The urban future
Posted: 26 September 2016  
We have published MindBullets before about the inexorable shift to an urban demographic. Key in this trend is China's stated intention to reach 75% urbanization, and Africa will catch up eventually. So, will cities, both economically powerful and housing many voters and tax payers, become the center of influence in the future?
Why The Future Will Be Dictated By Cities, Not Nations
26 September 2016
Cities encourage forward-thinking attitudes that will transcend the rise, fall, and enacting of bad policies by their parent countries.
MindBullet logo MEGACITIES HAVE TO DOWNSIZE
United Nations blames supersized cities for world's social ills
Dateline: 15 March 2039
In a sweeping move, the United Nations has ordered the 75 largest megacities in the world to come up with strategies to radically reduce their urban ...
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The future for coal is bleak
Posted: 10 August 2016   1 Comment
The economic impacts of a changing energy paradigm are being felt first in the coal industry:

Hillary Clinton’s $30 billion plan to revitalize communities threatened by coal’s decline promises to do more. But even that money might not be enough. “There is too much focus right now on ‘How do we replace these 10,000 good-paying jobs?’” says Peter Hille, the president of the Mountain Association ...
Climate change is already having severe economic impacts, beginning in coal country
10 August 2016
The demise of the coal industry should start a discussion of how we will respond to the economic upheaval caused by global warming.
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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Artificial photosynthesis
Posted: 29 July 2016  
The holy grail of solar energy is to do what leaves do - turn sunlight into useable fuel. We wrote a MindBullet about the possibilities of such technology seven years ago. Now it seems that there has been a breakthrough on this front. More recently we published a MindBullet about catalysers that capture carbon. This new 'breakthrough' both captures carbon from the atmosphere and produces ...
Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
29 July 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts ...
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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Comment to Solar Goes Viral
Posted: 13 July 2016   1 Comment
This thinking is great, It's green & clean yet installing the panels is costly (as already said). What people loose out of sight is that there is a large segment of people renting property. Along with that the people who live in high rise compartments lack both the finance and space to install the panels. We need a different design that's both cheaper and possibly something that a tenant ...
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they ...
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Backing up the grid
Posted: 12 July 2016  
Seven years ago we published a MindBullet about a revolutionary new type of battery that could be scaled up to power a whole city - with liquid batteries. That hasn't materialised as yet, but Los Angeles is planning a massive lithium ion battery array that could take over the peak load in summer.
World's Largest Storage Battery Will Power Los Angeles
12 July 2016
More than 18,000 lithium-ion battery packs would replace a gas-fired power plant used to meet peak demand
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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Solar power in a box
Posted: 24 June 2016  
This is a pretty cool idea. A solar power mini-plant that fits in a shipping container, and can be unpacked and operational within hours. Great for off-grid villages who need basic power for light and phones.
IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box
24 June 2016
A start-up offering flat-packed solar generators is hoping to give a boost to poor villages off the grid
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
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Space mining gets a boost
Posted: 13 June 2016  
When the idea of mining asteroids or other planets was first floated, I admit that I was sceptical and inclined to dismiss it as pure wishful thinking. But the possibilities - like a single asteroid containing more platinum than earth's entire reserves - make it worth thinking about. Now Luxembourg is seeking to entice a completely new industry to their territory, by offering a fund and laws ...
Luxembourg Establishes €220 Million Fund for Space Mining
13 June 2016
Luxembourg has just set up a $227 million fund to help develop space mining as a viable industry and entice companies to set up shop within its tiny little ...
MindBullet logo PLANETARY RESOURCES LOSE RELEVANCE
Earth-bound technology thwarts ambitious galactic venture
Dateline: 9 June 2020
Eric Anderson kick-started the space tourism industry at the age of 23. His company, Space Adventures, sent seven bold millionaires into space on Russian ...
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Towards a circular economy in food
Posted: 6 June 2016  
Danone has not always been seen as the most environmentally-friendly company in the world - but this McKinsey interview with its CEO on a circular economy in food is impressive. Of course, we argue in Future World that 'sustainability' is a yesterday concept. Instead of being sustainable, we should strive to thrive!
Toward a circular economy in food
6 June 2016
The French food and water company Danone has a history of environmental awareness. In this interview with McKinsey partner Clarisse Magnin, CEO Emmanuel ...
MindBullet logo THE END OF HUNGER IN SIGHT
Moringa wonder-plant brings food security to Africa and Asia
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Global poverty has been in decline for 25 years, and now hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past, world-wide. Although the wonder tree, Moringa ...
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Beating nature at her own game
Posted: 6 June 2016  
Some of our old friends might remember the MindBullet alongside from 2009, when we postulated about science cloning photosynthesis to create energy. And...it's happening. Read on!
Latest bionic leaf now 10 times more efficient than natural photosynthesis
6 June 2016
Great strides have been made in artificial leaves that produce energy from water and sunlight. Now, scientists have developed the "bionic leaf 2.0," which ...
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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Chinese banks top the world's biggest company list
Posted: 26 May 2016   1 Comment
So which are the biggest companies in the world? Forbes has just released its annual survey of the world's biggest public corporations in 2015. And the top three spots are all taken by Chinese banks. How the world has changed! Our MindBullet from 2014 may just be on the money!
Forbes' 14th Annual Global 2000: The World's Biggest Public Companies
26 May 2016
NEW YORK (May 25, 2016) — Forbes released today the 14th annual Global 2000 list, a ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in ...
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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NOT FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Posted: 19 May 2016   1 Comment
I can’t let the sentiment of this article go unchallenged. One must be careful of using purely current short-term financial arguments to select technologies for investment, for matters that have a global scale. From a physics perspective, renewables and fossil fuels are very diffuse in energy density, and one must harvest vast amounts of material, or vast volumes of air, or vast areas of the ...
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 the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach ...
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New solar efficiency record
Posted: 18 May 2016  
Advances in solar technology continue to astonish. Coupled with developments in battery storage, the energy marketplace is being reinvented. Many, many incumbents are facing tough times ahead.
New world record set for converting sunlight to electricity
18 May 2016
An Australian team has set a new record for squeezing as much electricity as possible out of direct, unfocused sunlight via a new solar cell configuration. ...
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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Gas power in Africa
Posted: 17 May 2016  
In Rwanda they are finally getting electric power from gas, and they don't even have to go to the trouble of fracking. The gas is simply extracted from the deep waters of Lake Kivu, where it occurs naturally. Although this is a relatively small scale plant, it's the first of its type in the world, and could be expanded to provide significant power in a region that is critically under-served. ...
Rwanda Inaugurates Groundbreaking Methane Power Project
17 May 2016
First-of-its-kind project to extract gas—and avert catastrophe—comes online on Central Africa’s Lake Kivu.
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 ...
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FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Published on: 12 May 2016   2 Comments
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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 the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach completion, to the point where it could be activated. After decades of delays and cost overruns, there was ...
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