40% drag on global GDP growth will increase chances for Stagnant Lost Decades

McKinsey has projected the effect of regular aging based on current demographic trends for the countries of the world out to 2065. The potential for diminished growth varies considerably among countries. In the developed world, Canada and Germany (-52%) are poised for the biggest drops in GDP growth rates. Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, and Brazil …

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The Violent history of property redistribution

Some commenters about the world wealth inbalance have indicated the wish for property redistribution like what was implemented by communist China. It should noted that Singapore achieved economic success without the death and chaos. South Korea achieved economic success after the Korean War. The war was not part of the success but something that was …

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Ascension TV series about Alternate World where Interstellar Project Orion was Launched in 1963

Ascension is inspired by the real-life Project Orion that existed under the administration of President John F. Kennedy. The show sets up an alternate version of reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of the Earth, decided to launch …

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Canada’s Oilsand costs beat US tight oil in Texas and North Dakota

Scotiabank research had an analysis of crude oil production costs in Canada and the United states. Saskatchewans Bakken oil is the cheapest at $44 per barrel. Canada’s oilsands are $60-65 per barrel (both including 9% after tax return). They are a bit cheaper than crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas tight oil. Brian …

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Elcano self driving trike project targets sub-$1000 price and achieve the equivalent of 1000 mpge

The Elcano Project aims to make self-drive real for students and hobbyists. The Elcano Project provides a blueprint for building your own experimental automated vehicle using electronics and sensors costing under $1000. A tricycle with an electric helper motor under 750 Watt and top speed under 20 mph is legally a bicycle, and thus street-legal …

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Elon Musk says that a sustainable human city is needed on Mars to achieve his multi-planetary goal

June 17th 2014 Closing Bell Session is a talk about SpaceX being the number one on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List. They also talk about SolarCity’s major plan in NY and Tesla’s direct sales update. Elon feels it not just getting to Mars but there needs to be a sustainable human City on Mars. Elon says …

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Improved DNA Nanopores reading longer 4500 nucleotide sequences

A low-cost technology may make it possible to read long sequences of DNA far more quickly than current techniques. The research advances a technology, called nanopore DNA sequencing. If perfected it could someday be used to create handheld devices capable of quickly identifying DNA sequences from tissue samples and the environment, the University of Washington …

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Russia could build eight nuclear reactors for Iran

Russia could sign an agreement this year to build eight new reactors for nuclear power plants in Iran, state-run Russian news agency RIA reported on Thursday, citing a source it did not identify. Russia built Iran’s only operating nuclear power reactor, at the Bushehr plant. A Japanese court Wednesday refused to let two nuclear reactors …

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The boys’ dream of full contact live action video game fighting has been achieved but the other dream of dating supermodels remains out of reach

A newly developed body armor, complete with built-in sensors that can measure the damage a hit would cause to the unprotected body, is set to revolutionise the sport of mixed martial arts. The high-tech armor, has been designed by Unified Weapons Master, not only to protect but also to register the real force behind each …

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