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Diesel's future
Posted: 17 April 2014   1 Comment
Personally I am much more optimistic about the future of diesel, and don't think this scenario of diesel being banned will materialize. Diesel is a very efficient store of energy, and is the backbone of heavy trucking globally. While it might be feasible to convert some trucks to natural gas, converting them to petrol is not a proposition.

New technology is winning the day for diesel. In ...
New Generation of Clean Diesel Technology Is Fueling U.S. Economic Growth
17 April 2014
In The Past 10 Years, Emissions From Diesel Trucks And Buses Have Been Reduced By 99% For NOx And 98% For Particulate Emissions
MindBullet logo DEADLY DIESEL'S CENTURY ENDS ABRUPTLY
Germany first to put health before economy
Dateline: 12 July 2017
Germany's Berliner Zeitung put it succinctly: Diesel Backfires - Decades of government support can't hide the ugly truth. It was only three years ago ...
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DEADLY DIESEL'S CENTURY ENDS ABRUPTLY
Published on: 17 April 2014   2 Comments
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Germany first to put health before economy
Dateline: 12 July 2017
Germany's Berliner Zeitung put it succinctly: Diesel Backfires - Decades of government support can't hide the ugly truth. It was only three years ago that government researchers began to admit that irritating private research may just be correct - the nitrogen dioxide emissions generated by diesel engines have increased substantially over the past two decades and there was no sign of a reversal. Tiny toxic particulates emitted by diesel engines, have been shown to pass through the lungs and enter ...
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Google gets its drone on
Posted: 16 April 2014  
Perhaps upstaging Facebook, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of those solar powered drones that can fly high enough to act as comms satellites. Guess that means we'll be seeing the Googlenet come alive sooner rather than later.
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
16 April 2014
Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.
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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Collaboration drives abundance thinking
Posted: 15 April 2014  
In a connected yet challenged world we have so many more ways to discover new solutions to the world's big problems. The challenges of water, food, healthcare, energy, the environment and education all need radical innovation and radical solutions. We now have increasingly powerful ways of discovering new solutions...through massive collaboration enabled by ubiquitous connectivity. Fuelled by ...
PatientsLikeMe Gives Genentech Full Access | MIT Technology Review
15 April 2014
The most extensive collaboration between the patient social network and a drug company to-date is likely to be just the first of its kind.
MindBullet logo NOW YOU CAN HAVE FOUR BILLION WORKERS – FREE
Co-creation is the new business innovation
Dateline: 21 January 2009
Here's a conundrum: How can you employ virtually everyone in the world - and no-one at the same time? The answer lies in the definition of 'employment'. ...
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The facts about who's doing what in nuclear energy
Posted: 9 April 2014  
Is nuclear power dead, in the wake of Fukushima, or is it undergoing a renaissance? The debate rages own between the pro- and anti- lobbies. What's needed are some cold, hard facts - and that's precisely what this info graphic provides. Who's investing in new nuclear power capacity and who's retracting? Will our MindBullet become a reality? Read on?
Nuclear Powers Ahead in Some Countries, Falters in Others | MIT Technology Review
9 April 2014
Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.
MindBullet logo GERMANY POWERS DOWN ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
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Nigeria moves into the lead
Posted: 8 April 2014  
As we accurately foretold some years ago, Nigeria has surpassed South Africa to be come the continent's biggest economy. The sudden leap into the lead is the result of rebasing the 'real' GDP estimates, which might be construed by some as statistical trickery, but an earlier rebasing might have put Nigeria in the lead years ago.

Be that as it may, South Africa is still poised to be the ...
Base jumping
8 April 2014
Nigeria has become Africa's largest economy. FIGURES published on April 6th put Nigeria's GDP at 80.2 trillion naira ($509 billion) in 2013, taking it ...
MindBullet logo NIGERIA LEADS THE AFRICAN REVOLUTION
As the African Decade draws to a close, there is a very clear new regional economic leader, and it's not South Africa
Dateline: 16 December 2019
Africa, the dark continent of the past, has enjoyed a decade of growth and prosperity, due in no small part to the resource-hungry giants of the East. ...
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China's grand plan for cities
Posted: 27 March 2014  
China's latest urbanization policy has strong environmental overtones.

According to Xinhua, the plan says China should strive to push for "harmonious and pleasant living conditions in cities by making basic public services accessible to all permanent urbanites and pursuing better ecology, more clean air and safe drinking water."

China's ultimate ambition is to have a population that mirrors ...
Beijing unveils landmark national urbanization plan
27 March 2014
China on Sunday unveiled an urbanization plan for the 2014-2020 period in an effort to steer the country's urbanization onto a human-centered and ...
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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MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
Published on: 27 March 2014   1 Comment
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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, rising from the second most important economy to top spot, eclipsing even the United States, although not by much. How did the 'Middle Kingdom' do it? China faced down its biggest demographic crisis, with the population segment that provides the workforce declining by 70 million people since 2010. Many feared this would precipitate a collapse, as ...
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NASA says we're doomed
Posted: 20 March 2014  
Will our technology-based civilization collapse in the coming decades? A new study funded by NASA seems to suggest it's likely. Certainly many advocates of "Limits to Growth" and projections of global population exceeding 10 billion would agree. But here's the thing. The future doesn't necessarily reflect past cycles, and globalisation makes comparisons with previous advanced civilizations ...
According to NASA’s model based study, we are headed to Civilization Collapse
20 March 2014
A model based study is full of gloom and doom:  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  It makes our book Global ...
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 ...
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Bring on the bionic broccoli
Posted: 18 March 2014  
We've suggested before that we might copy nature and create synthetic leaves, that harness energy from the sun better than solar panels, and more like, well, plants. But how about using plants enhanced with nano-particles? Are they super-plants, bionic plants, or smart plants? Broccoli for a brighter future!
Supercharged bionic plants to detect pollutants, explosives
18 March 2014
MIT researchers have found a way to enhance photosynthesis, and the same method can be used to bolster plants with superpowers like detecting TNT and ...
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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The second machine age
Posted: 14 March 2014  
"The first machine age not only boosted human living standards, but was also complementary to human labor. In the second machine age, we expect another boost in living standards but it’s unclear whether the new technologies are going to be complements or substitutes to human labor."
Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of The Second Machine Age
14 March 2014
The Industrial Revolution produced machines that required human input. But is the digital revolution rendering labor obsolete?
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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Now 3D printing is mainstream
Posted: 13 March 2014  
Does anybody still doubt that 3D printing has moved from the test-lab and the hobbyists' garage to mainstream? And we're just at the beginning of the manufacturing revolution. Its now being used in industrial manufacturing, health, retail;, design and man more places. But...watch this space - 4D printing is yet to come! You can read about this in the MindBullet alongside.
Patient has pioneering 3D face op
13 March 2014
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR
Dancing atoms will end the age of resource scarcity
Dateline: 18 September 2023
Technology has always driven the progress of manufacturing, from the first time one of our ancestors carved a flint tool, to the Industrial Revolution and ...
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Who thinks nuclear is dead?
Posted: 12 March 2014   1 Comment
So who thinks nuclear is dead? This is a fascinating read why Japan, even after the Fukushima disaster, is turning back to nuclear energy.
Why Japan’s Government Is Bringing Nuclear Back | MIT Technology Review
12 March 2014
The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse ...
MindBullet logo NUCLEAR FUTURE A PERSONAL REALITY
GE launches community and home reactors
Dateline: 7 November 2022
During the past two decades global energy demands have doubled. The nuclear power industry has grown on demands for electrical power to fuel economic ...
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And the jobless?
Posted: 5 March 2014   1 Comment
And what will happen to the already billions that cannot find a job?
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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Re:LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Posted: 5 March 2014  
Good I say. They will carry out the tasks we were genetically created and engineered to do. The created becoming the creator. Very interesting.
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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Google robots and Facebook drones
Posted: 4 March 2014  
Is Facebook on a mission to compete with Google in the acquisition race? Are they buying up this drone maker before Google can grab it? At least these drones have a specific purpose, acting as low-orbit communication satellites, which aligns with Facebook's broader mission of connecting to everyone on the planet.

I am surprised though, that Google hasn't acquired any drone specialists for its ...
Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
4 March 2014
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world ...
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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Listed companies related to robotics
Posted: 28 February 2014   1 Comment
who has suggestions for listed companies in the space?
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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GTM Strategy
Posted: 27 February 2014  
Question is probably When, not If. But what to do with the millions of unemployed people? Maybe organize massive organ farms?
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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Drone ships set to sail the seas
Posted: 27 February 2014  
There';s been plenty of news lately about drones and their emerging uses - with Amazon even posting the idea that drones may one day be used to deliver your online orders right to your doorstep. But Rolls Royce has more than a foot in the water. The company is developing unmanned "drone" cargo ships that could dramatically changing the world of international freight. And how appropriate is ...
Rolls-Royce is developing drone cargo ships
27 February 2014
Drones are already patrolling the skies, and eventually Rolls-Royce wants to see them take over the seas too. According to Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce Holdings ...
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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LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Published on: 27 February 2014   10 Comments
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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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered rhinos, calling in air support when poachers are spotted. In Boston, they deliver fresh produce from eBay; all the ...
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