Danger Future Ahead

Headlines: You Can Become a Certified Future Strategist

October 26, 2013 – The future is on many minds these days as we face resource, population, governance, economic, social and climate change challenges. This is spawning a new academic ... Continue Reading →
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Space Update: The Number of Exoplanets Passes 1,000

In 1992 astronomers identified for the first time planetary bodies outside our Solar System. Twenty-one years later that number has grown to 1,010. Of these 1% circle their stars in ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: New Leadless Heart Pacemaker Making Debut in Europe

October 24, 2013 – St. Jude Medical, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, has acquired Nanostim Inc., a California developer of a tiny wireless pacemaker that is different from any ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: CARMAT Synthetic Heart Enters Human Clinical Trials

October 23, 2013 – A French company, CARMAT, has recently received approval to begin transplanting its new bioprosthetic artificial heart into patients suffering from terminal ... Continue Reading →
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Computers Update: Tried Google Search Lately? It’s Better Than Ever

Years ago when I was working on developing a  speech recognition vocabulary for specific applications I had the opportunity to use a few natural language query engines. One was WestLaw, ... Continue Reading →
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Transportation Update: Volvo E-Car Concept Runs Off Super Capacitor

The biggest limitation for electric vehicles (EV) is the battery. Tesla, General Motors, Nissan and others install heavy batteries that limit vehicle range and performance. The batteries ... Continue Reading →
Soylent

Headlines: Living off Soylent – the Glop that Just Received $1.5 Million in Funding

A few months ago I wrote a blog posting introducing Soylent and its crowdfunding campaign. Soylent, a powder you mix with water to create a substitute for regular food, caused quite ... Continue Reading →
Agroecology

Reforming the Agrifood Industry to Meet Global Demand

Since the mid-20th century agricultural production globally has almost tripled based on data provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Earthscan. This ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: Printing in 3D on the International Space Station

October 20, 2013 – We are only a few months from seeing the first 3D printer deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) with the goal of being able to fabricate components ... Continue Reading →
Russia's aging oil pipeline infrastructure

Headlines: Russia and Arctic Oil Exploration – An Accident Waiting to Happen

October 19, 2013 – Russia is the third largest producer of crude oil on the planet. They are also the source of the largest number of oil spills each year. And now they are drilling ... Continue Reading →