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Environmental news roundup

UK blackout The UK recently suffered a series of sporadic blackouts across the country. Its being blamed on the fact a wind farm and a gas fired power station both suddenly went off line at more or less the same … Continue reading

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The environmental impact of space Junk

We often think of environmental problems as something that only effects the natural world and things back on earth, but there’s a growing environmental problem in space, which could have very serious consequences if it isn’t contained. The issue of … Continue reading

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North sentinel Island – a case study in first contact

Late last year, there was the story about a young missionary who, with Darwin award levels of foolishness, landed on North Sentinel Island, an Island populated by an uncontacted tribe known to shoot dead any intruders. And I’m pretty sure, … Continue reading

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Asgardia, the CubeSat Solar Empire

I’ve discussed before the issues that would arise in terms of establishing any space based settlement, and how that might prove a lot more challenging than those pursuing such colonisation efforts assume. In short, travelling into space is expensive and … Continue reading

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What “new tech” needs to learn from “old tech”

Much is made of how “new tech” companies (Uber, Tesla, Amazon, etc.), often start ups from out of silicon valley, represent a new paradigm in how they do business. Its not just that they tend to be heavily dependant on … Continue reading

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Hyperloopy

I recently looked at the hyperloop system proposed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and highlighted a number of problems with the proposed system, notably its likely very high costs, the technical challenges involved in building it, the barf enduing ride and the … Continue reading

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The Hyperloop hyperbole

I discussed the hyperloop proposal sometime ago and I thought I would be worth updating on its progress. On the one hand, they have managed to build a test track and run some tests. However, the critics argue they’ve barely … Continue reading

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A possible counter to the Fermi paradox

“If we were made of some rare isotope of Bismuth you might have an argument for us being alone in the cosmos” Neil DeGrasse One of the things that often comes up when discussing topics related to space or future … Continue reading

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Fusion power always 30 years away, now its more like 50 years away

When it comes to dealing with global issues like climate change or peak fossil fuels, I’d argue we’ll need to focus technology we already have, or what can realistically be developed in the near future. Relying on more fantastical high … Continue reading

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A review of Arcologies

One concept for how to reduce the environmental impact of cities is arcologies. The word itself is a combination of the words “architecture” and “ecology”, which neatly sums up the idea of developing self sustaining buildings with the minimum of environmental impact. … Continue reading

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