Transcending Geography and the Future of World Power

The world we know today has largely been shaped by geography, populations and agriculture. Peter Zeihan has some useful analysis of how geography has shaped geopolitics. He correctly notes the large advantages the US has had with the best farmland and the best connected river system. Rivers can transport goods at 15 times greater energy …

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Zeihan Predicts Population Never Hits 10 Billion With Famine and Wars Ten Times 20th Century

At the end of a long talk, Peter Zeihan predicts the World Population will never hit ten billion. The UN and others are projecting that world population will hit 10 billion in 2050. World population is currently 7.7 to 7.8 billion. In 2017, the UN projected world population will hit 8.6 billion by 2030. Zeihan …

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Peter Zeihan lists real problems but then has insane conclusions

Peter Zeihan lists problems around the world. I disagree with his conclusions and his claims of inevitability. The demographic problems identified in the age pyramids in different countries range from challenging to severe. The non-performing loans in Italy and Italy’s extremely poor demographics make for very bad scenarios for Italy’s financial crisis. Zeihan predicts three …

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Star Wars the Last Jedi had flaws and HiShe offers corrections

How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Anti-aging Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology. Known …

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Carnival of space 494

1. Universe Today – Here’s the Highest Resolution Map of Pluto We’ll Get from New Horizons Color mosaic map of Pluto’s surface, created from the New Horizons many photographs. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI 2. Universe Today – New Age in Weather Forecasting Begins with Spectacular 1st Images from NASA/NOAA GOES-16 Observatory 3. Universe Today – How to …

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First Korean APR-1400 nuclear reactor enters commercial operation

The first Korean-designed Advanced Pressurised Reactor-1400 (APR-1400) officially entered commercial operation on 12 December. Unit 3 of the Shin Kori nuclear power plant in the south east of South Korea was connected to the grid in January. Shin Kori units 3 and 4 (Image: KHNP) Construction of Shin Kori 3 began in October 2008. Korea …

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US Seawolf class submarines are bigger and faster and can deploy Navy SEALS and tap undersea fiber cables

The US Seawolf class submarines are special. They are newer, bigger, faster and more heavily armed than standard attack submarines, the nearly $3-billion-per-copy Seawolfs have been fitted with hundreds of millions of dollars in unique equipment and are assigned to their own special squadron in Washington State. The US Navy has installed high-frequency sonar for …

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Anime Legend Miyazaki will make another full length film

In the NHK television special Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki) on Sunday, acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki reported that he wants to return to making an anime feature film, after retiring from directing feature films three years ago. He has been working on “Kemushi no Boro” (Boro the …

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Thirty meter telescope project likely shifting to Canary Islands instead of Hawaii

One of the world’s biggest telescope projects might be forced to move its location to a different continent. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was due to be built in Hawaii, but ran into opposition with indigenous groups which consider its proposed site sacred. Now the TMT’s board says a site in the Canary Islands, Spain, …

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Vaccine with a cocktail of 50 types of cold viruses gives cold immunity in monkeys and cold vaccine human trials are next with full 83 virus cocktail

Scientists are making the case that a vaccine against rhinoviruses, the predominant cause of the common cold, is achievable. The quest for a vaccine against rhinoviruses may have seemed quixotic, because there are more than 100 varieties circulating around the world. Even so, the immune system can handle the challenge, researchers from Emory University School …

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