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Beyond meat, beyond belief
Posted: 6 May 2019

In a sensational stock exchange debut, new listing Beyond Meat surged 160% on the first day's trading. But is this whole idea sustainable? Company revenues are up, but so are losses. Investors obviously have a lot of faith in a vegan powered future. As we said in our MindBullet, nerds will eventually make cows obsolete; well, at least for steak and hamburgers. But I wonder if this isn't ...

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MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's more, more than enough food is grown globally to adequately feed the world's growing population, but a large part of crop production goes to feeding cows, so that affluent people can enjoy nice juicy steaks. All this while the poor go ...

CALLS GROW TO GIVE ANIMALS HUMAN RIGHTS

Published on: 18 April 2019

Big tech scrambles to hire bio-ethicists as inter-species genetic engineering debate heats up

Dateline: 11 April 2028

It's 2019 all over again. Silicon Valley is on a hiring spree - for bio-ethicists. Advances in genetic engineering involving integrating animal DNA into human embryos, and human DNA into animals, using CRISPR technology, to enhance health and cognitive ability, have caused an ethical and legal conundrum. If some humans are technically partly animals, and some animals are part-human, who decided who qualifies for human rights? And who counts as a real person? Human rights groups are ...

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Rebuilding the earth
Posted: 15 March 2019

A decade ago - yes in 2009! - we speculated in MindBullets that climate change could be 'fixed' with geoengineering, but we also warned against unintended (harmful) consequences. Now a new study says it can be done safely, using "small doses". We remain unconvinced that tinkering with atmospheric and solar systems is a good idea.

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Small Doses Of Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Cool Earth's Warming Climate, Study Finds
15 March 2019
A new study found that injecting small doses of aerosol into the stratosphere could safely slow down global warming without unwanted side effects. It said ...
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...

THE REAL FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Published on: 24 January 2019 3 Comments

Young blood rated tops for healthy aging

Dateline: 2 March 2020

Donated blood used to be good enough if it was free of infection and if it was the same type as the patient's. But now there's another criterion on which it is rated: the age of the donor. When a geneticist published research in 2018, concluding that plasma from young blood improves the physical health of older individuals, every second start-up wannabe took notice. It is claimed that the young blood will, by implication, also counteract the development of age-related diseases like dementia and ...

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Greening the city office
Posted: 7 January 2019


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MindBullet logo THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN
Printed bio solar cells are greening the city
Dateline: 3 January 2028
We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the ...
Science breakthrough of the year 2018
Posted: 3 January 2019

How does a single embryonic cell grow into the many different cell types that form the basis of organs and physical features? That mystery has now been unlocked by the breakthrough of 2018, tracking development cell by cell.

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Science’s 2018 Breakthrough of the Year: tracking development cell by cell
3 January 2019
With a trio of techniques, scientists are tracking embryo development in stunning detail
MindBullet logo GAME OF CLONES
It's patents versus patients as biotech giants fight to dominate the stem cell industry
Dateline: 16 June 2023
In the world of biotech, genetic engineering and regenerative medicine there's a magic holy grail: stem cells on demand. And like the holy grail, stem ...

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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SPOTTING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Published on: 20 December 2018

Quantum sensing sees the invisible

Dateline: 18 December 2021

The Butterfly Effect theorizes that the beating of the wings of a single butterfly in Japan could cause a hurricane in Hawaii. What it really means, is that everything in nature and the world is connected on some level, however insignificant it may seem. And the greatest connection is at the molecular level, beyond the nanoscale. Much like the way smart systems can detect someone moving in the next room, by analyzing faint disturbances in the background WiFi signals, we can now 'see' into opaque ...

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ELECTRIC FEAST FROM THE EAST

Published on: 1 November 2018

China exports latest technology for organic food

Dateline: 9 January 2023

In dramatic style, China has surged ahead with the production of organic fruit and vegetables at affordable prices. Since the breakthrough achieved five years ago, China's 'ion farmers' have grown exponentially - and it's all thanks to electricity! If it sounds like science fiction, you're excused, but in fact electromagnetic pulses are beating pests and accelerating plant growth in millions of greenhouses across the country. Facing the daunting task of feeding a burgeoning population with ...

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Your DNA test might be worth less than you thought
Posted: 17 October 2018


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MindBullet logo THE TRUE COST OF YOUR DNA
Shouldn't you be rewarded if you are the product?
Dateline: 23 September 2023
A bit more than a decade ago, it would have cost you US$ 10,000 to have your entire genome sequenced; four years ago, about $100. But now, you can take the highest bidder, and get paid for your genomic data. Of course, the first complete sequence of a human genome was an enormous undertaking, as there was no reference data, and the project cost an estimated US$ 2.7 billion, but Moore's Law ...
Equality is all in the genes, if you can afford it
Posted: 10 October 2018 1 Comment


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MindBullet logo BABY, WHO IS CLONING YOU NOW?
Celebrities outraged at pirate body features, demand royalties for their DNA
Dateline: 21 March 2026
Remember the recording industry outrage at pirated music and the file-sharing sub-culture? It was soon eclipsed by wide-scale copying of movies and TV series, easily spread by torrents and mega downloads. Then came the 3D printing revolution, and it wasn't long before geeks were pirating real things - simply scan them and print out a replica. And if you had one of the fancier machines, you ...
Cows that tweet
Posted: 15 October 2018

A little while ago we wrote about connecting organic things like plants and animals to the internet. Well, here you go, courtesy of MIT Technology Review.

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future
15 October 2018
Livestock Labs is getting bio-monitors under cows’ skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier, and it wants to bring its tech to people, too.
MindBullet logo INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS
Plants that tweet and pets that ping
Dateline: 13 October 2023
Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you ...
Gene editing for a longer life
Posted: 7 October 2018

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MindBullet logo THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR AGING
It's not drugs or gene therapy
Dateline: 26 June 2024
In the last six years, a bunch of longevity entrepreneurs, or should I say aging researchers, have been seeking the holy grail: a way to slow down or even reverse the aging process. In other words, keep you living longer, and having healthier lives while you do so. For money, of course, but it's a noble purpose, so no-one is complaining. Now prominent geneticist and longevity evangelist ...
Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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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 decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
Driving extinction with genes
Posted: 25 September 2018


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MindBullet logo ISLAND CROP DECIMATED BY GENE DRIVE FLIES
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the dirt on my hiking boots smells funny? Or they confiscate my grandma's old dusty portrait?' often ran through peoples' heads. Quarantine officers checking for foreign organic matter and unwelcome species used to have an irritating, but ...
Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo FILL 'ER UP WITH SHUGGA-D
Synthetic biodiesel from sugar makes oil-based diesel look primitive and costly
Dateline: 9 April 2010
Amyris has launched their second-generation biofuel, and it looks like they're taking the market by storm. The new diesel is 'manufactured' by tiny microbes directly from sugar cane pulp. The American biotechnology company has spent the last two years perfecting the process by which their genetically engineered micro-organism converts the natural carbohydrate energy in sugar to a chemical ...
Amortality in Africa
Posted: 13 September 2018

FutureWorld futurist Craig Wing weighs in on the pitfalls of eternal life.


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MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may ...

THE TRUE COST OF YOUR DNA

Published on: 13 September 2018 1 Comment

Shouldn't you be rewarded if you are the product?

Dateline: 23 September 2023

A bit more than a decade ago, it would have cost you US$ 10,000 to have your entire genome sequenced; four years ago, about $100. But now, you can take the highest bidder, and get paid for your genomic data. Of course, the first complete sequence of a human genome was an enormous undertaking, as there was no reference data, and the project cost an estimated US$ 2.7 billion, but Moore's Law soon came into effect, and prices plummeted as the tech became mainstream and automated. Soon it was the ...

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MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments and make physical copies of them. Following on the craze of designer pets, kids can now design their own version of notorious game heroes, and have them 'grown' by BioSynth Inc. Reminiscent of the action figure toys of yesteryear, these ...
Our minds are linked with Google
Posted: 4 September 2018

Can we trust our own thoughts and feelings, if we're already integrated with Google, mentally?

This article argues that the search engine has become an extension of our mind[s]. ...

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Google at 20: how a search engine became a literal extension of our mind
4 September 2018
We're now so reliant on Google's services they are now a part of us, raising some deeply troubling questions.
MindBullet logo CAN YOU TRUST YOURSELF?
Your innermost thoughts and feelings might not be your own!
Dateline: 3 September 2032
We've all been taught to trust our instincts. That little voice that tells us infallibly, what is right and what's wrong. Sometimes we subconsciously or ...

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