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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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The energy internet goes live
Posted: 9 May 2016  
The Brooklyn micro-grid uses the blockchain to create a solar power sharing mechanism for neighbors, and it has now made its first sale of excess electricity. This is the start of what we refer to as the Energy Internet, where energy can be shared as easily as information, directly peer-to-peer, without the need for a central authority or power utility. And everyone benefits!
Brooklyn’s ‘Microgrid’ Did Its First Solar Energy Sale
9 May 2016
Brooklyn Microgrid is trying to build a neighbor-to-neighbor green energy market using the Ethereum blockchain.
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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Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016  
Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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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New home robot does it all - well, almost
Posted: 17 April 2016  
The idea of a home robot that helps around the house, can be a teacher, work assistant and more, has been with us for a long time. Now, such robots are here. There's Jibo http://www.seriouswonder.com/jibo-familys-first-robotic-companion/ and now there's Aido.
Aido: Your Next Generation Home Robot Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
17 April 2016
If you've ever dreamed of having your own personal family robot, wait no longer - Aido is here! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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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Natural hydrogen
Posted: 12 April 2016  
As we've mentioned before, hydrogen is not found in abundance in nature, and has to be manufactured, usually by splitting water with electrolysis, which can be done with excess solar power, but is not very efficient.
But what if you could use nature to do the job? Earlier this year, scientists produced a nano-particle consisting of an enzyme modified by a virus, which produces hydrogen from ...
A 'Nano-Reactor' May Soon Be Producing Hydrogen Biofuel
12 April 2016
Scientists have modified a virus to catalyze the formation of hydrogen from water.
MindBullet logo THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY IS HERE
Hydrogen will be the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2017
After two decades of disappointment, hydrogen is finally becoming a viable fuel and source of energy for the world economy. The breakthroughs in innovation ...
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Google still on the droid track
Posted: 29 March 2016  
Google is selling off the maker of it's scariest robots, Boston Dynamics, but is still heavily invested and interested in other robotic developments. The Atlas humanoid robot, which can walk on mud and snow is amazing, but probably doesn't have enough commercial value in the short term for Google, so they're looking at industrial systems and automation that can leverage machine learning.

Rest ...
Google Hasn’t Given Up on Robots
29 March 2016
Google is selling off a company working on the most advanced problems in robotics, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have robot dreams.
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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Fake food gets real
Posted: 22 March 2016  
Of course we can make synthetic food, and increasingly we can make synthetic food that tastes like the real thing. But is it affordable, and when it becomes cheap enough, should we do it on a mass scale?

There's a big debate brewing over the future of lab meat; an interesting aspect though, is that it's pretty natural - real organic cells that are cultured with nutrients. What's your stand on ...
Laboratory Burgers: Let the Meat Wars Begin
22 March 2016
There will be extreme positions for and against lab-grown meats. Here is what lab grown meat means for our future.
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
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Mass-scale storage of solar power
Posted: 20 March 2016  
We're told by the fossil fuel moguls that solar energy is all very well, but what do you do when the sun don't shine? How can you rely on solar when its dark, or cloudy? How do you store the energy it can create?
Apart from dramatic breakthroughs in battery technology, scientists are seeking other ways for large-scale storage of solar energy. This team at Stanford may well be onto a solution. ...
Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?
20 March 2016
The recent crash in oil prices notwithstanding, an economy based on fossil fuels seems unsustainable. Supplies of oil, coal and similar fuels are finite, ...
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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