German Company Creates a Wind Farm That Includes a Water Battery

November 3, 2017 – Max Bögl Wind AG is a Bavarian company with the biggest wind turbine on the planet. It stands 246.5 meters (808 feet) in height and is located in the Limpurg Hills ... Continue Reading →

Oil and Natural Gas Producers Still Treat the Commons as a Public Dumping Ground – This Has to Stop

November 2, 2017 – In medieval times the “commons” was land set aside by a feudal lord for peasants to share for grazing sheep, goats, and cows. In sharing the common ... Continue Reading →

Saudi Arabia Grants Citizenship to a Robot Given Female Characteristics

November 1, 2017 – In a two month period that began with the Saudi government granting its women the right to drive, it also gave all the rights of citizenship to a Hanson Robotics ... Continue Reading →

G20 Countries Efforts to Decarbonize So Far Lacking

October 30, 2017 – In the latest Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) report looking at decarbonizing trends in G20 countries, carbon emissions per dollar of GDP fell in 2016 by 2.6%. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Meet the Smartphone Ultrasound App for Diagnostic Imaging

October 29, 2017 – A Connecticut-based company, Butterfly Network, founded in 2011, is about to deliver an ultrasound wand that creates high-quality images and shows them on a ... Continue Reading →

Will Indigenous Knowledge Help Humanity to Step Back from the Climate Change Brink?

October 28, 2017 – Here in Canada the federal government of the day has made one of its goals to reconcile with its Indigenous peoples including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. ... Continue Reading →

“Owner-Mediated Data Exchange Using Blockchain” – What are the CDC and IBM Talking About?

October 27, 2017 – A number of years ago I worked on the design of a database for managing patient cases at a hospital here in Toronto. The focus was on interventional radiology, ... Continue Reading →

Base Pair Editing – CRISPR’s New Trick Has Enormous Potential for Correcting Genetically-Caused Diseases

October 26, 2017 – Editing DNA is what CRISPR/Cas9 is all about. With the Cas9 protein, geneticists today can remove a bad gene from a chromosome and replace it with a healthy ... Continue Reading →

How to Mine an Asteroid and Get Filthy Rich Doing It

October 24, 2017 – Georgia Davies at Pink Frog Publications sent me this infographic about asteroid mining. Although this sounds like pure fantasy, companies here on Earth are ... Continue Reading →

Vehicle Makers Conflicted Between Batteries and Fuel Cells – Which Will Be the Better Technology?

October 24, 2017 – Honda and Toyota are betting on hydrogen fuel cells as the ultimate power source for future zero-emission vehicles. Both companies have models on the road, ... Continue Reading →