Asian business is reforming. Its emerging multinationals will change the way we all live.
For Western firms, Asia’s shortcomings have been a relief. The iPhone shows why: although it is made by the hands of Chinese workers, it is the brains behind it, at Apple and at high-tech component-makers in the rich world, that take nearly all the profits. Now, however, the rules that have governed Asian capitalism for the past two decades are changing. Asian firms are having to become brainier, more nimble and more global.
Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater. Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery. Called electrochemically mediated seawater desalination (EMSD) this technique has improved upon the current water desalination method. This “water chip” method “could bring relief to millions around the globe who lack potable water.” This method “is much simpler and consumes less energy than other forms of desalination.”
Via Sepp Hasslberger, claudetunes
Mick is a former teacher of mathematics with a PhD in mathematical epidemiology, studying how changes in social structures and human behaviour can lead to different outcomes in the event of a disease outbreak.
Mick is fascinated by human systems, in particular monetary systems and how the design of our money supply impacts on all aspects of human life.
In this TED talk he explains where our money comes from, and what the consequences of "credit money" are for us. He shows that economic trouble could be avoided simply by changing how money is made ...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market.Its car sales target
Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Improves To 6-Year High Investing.com On Friday, the EUR rose 0.12% against the USD and closed at 1.3795, as risk-appetite among traders rose after the preliminary reading of the euro-zone's consumer confidence index...
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.
Greece is hoping to sign agreements for investments worth 6-7 billion dollars during the three-day visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, which comes a year after the Greek Premier Antonis Samaras visited China.
“ In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.” He says there's a debate about the long-term consequences of China's push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism? Tags: Africa, development, China, industry, economic, podcast.
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“ Through a statement of support to be launched at the UN Climate Summit, countries and companies could work to strengthen carbon pricing policies and implementation.”
Via Global Sustainable Energy News
A new global digital currency is backing its own value with the “full faith and credit” of something much longer lasting and reliable than any government: the Sun.
Specifically, SolarCoin ties its value to the production of solar energy, as verified by Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.
“SolarCoin is an alternative digital currency. SolarCoin is backed by two forms of proof of work. One is the traditional cryptographic proof of work associated with digital currency.
The other proof of work is a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) that has been generated and 3rd party verified. SolarCoin is equitably distributed using both of these proofs of work as a means to reward renewable energy production.”
Americans are generally excited about the new technology but when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous, according to findings of a new survey. "The