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NASA Tests Limits of 3-D Printing with Powerful Rocket Engine Check

NASA Tests Limits of 3-D Printing with Powerful Rocket Engine Check | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life on Aug. 22, generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust.
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Solar on track to becoming cheapest energy source, think tank says

Solar on track to becoming cheapest energy source, think tank says | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A report from a German think tank says solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world.
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The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler

The Taming of Tech Criticism - The Baffler | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

hat does it mean to be a technology critic in today’s America? And what can technology criticism accomplish? The first question seems easy: to be a technology critic in America now is to oppose that bastion of vulgar disruption, Silicon Valley. By itself, however, this opposition says nothing about the critic’s politics—an omission that makes it all the more difficult to answer the second question.

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Report - Pentagrowth

Report - Pentagrowth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The five key dimensions for exponential growth observed in the selected organisations that have grown exponentially between 2008 and 2013.
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Edward Snowden at FutureFest: the full interview | Nesta

Watch the full-length version of our interview with Edward Snowden at 2015's FutureFest weekend
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MakersTown | Makers Town is the first event of its kind in Brussels bringing together Makers, business leaders and European policy-makers to showcase, share and succeed!

MakersTown | Makers Town is the first event of its kind in Brussels bringing together Makers, business leaders and European policy-makers to showcase, share and succeed! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Could Syriza boost the co-operative economy in Greece?

Could Syriza boost the co-operative economy in Greece? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While the Eurogroup discusses its next steps following the decision to extend financial assistance to Greece by up to four months, there are indications that left-wing Syriza’s win in January could boost the co-operative sector. Reaching an agreement with European counterparts remains the new government’s top priority, but rebuilding the country’s economy is another major pledge made by Syriza prior to this year’s election.

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‘Big is beautiful’ is blinding our energy policy makers

‘Big is beautiful’ is blinding our energy policy makers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"What we need is "small energy". The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is an important step in the right direction. It allows for private producers to bid for grid-connected renewable energy tenders. Several projects have been awarded and more are lining up, yet the initiative will fall short of its potential while it sets a cap on bidding opportunities and centralises control.

What we desperately need is an innovative system of production and consumption of energy that happens at the local level and allows everyone, not just recognised bidders, to produce, consume and share electricity. In many European countries, a feed-in system has given households and businesses an economic incentive to produce energy, to meet their own needs and/or sell to the national provider."

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Ubiquitous Commons: The Struggle to Control Our Data

Ubiquitous Commons: The Struggle to Control Our Data | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From David Bollier's website: "Over the past twenty years, there has been such a proliferation of computers, smartphones, digital devices, surveillance cameras, maps, mobile applications, sensors a...
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Russell Brand voted world's fourth most influential thinker

Russell Brand voted world's fourth most influential thinker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Comedian voted on to Prospect magazine’s annual list, topped by economist Thomas Piketty, after year that saw him publish a book advocating the eradication of the nation state
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If you want to know why TTIP would be a nightmare, look what just happened in Canada

If you want to know why TTIP would be a nightmare, look what just happened in Canada | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If anyone tries to convince you that TTIP is no threat to a government’s ability to protect its people, just point them to Canada.
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Week 5: Urban Utopias | Video Lectures | City Visions: Past and Future | Urban Studies and Planning | MIT OpenCourseWare

Week 5: Urban Utopias | Video Lectures | City Visions: Past and Future | Urban Studies and Planning | MIT OpenCourseWare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Comparto esta conferencia dictada por David Harvey en el MIT:... http://t.co/RexieEe3Tg
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Government operating systems and government as collective intelligence | Nesta

Government operating systems and government as collective intelligence | Nesta | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today’s continuing revolutions in digital technologies are constantly changing the options for how government can be organised, with new tools ranging from sensors and machine learning, to predictive algorithms and crowdsourcing platforms.
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Food Sharing: changing old habits is possible.

Food Sharing: changing old habits is possible. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Expo2015 is closer than ever. As every Italian knows the issue at stake will be: “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”.
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Fully automated luxury communism

Fully automated luxury communism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Supporters believe fully automated luxury communism is an opportunity to realise a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting and employment as we know it is a thing of the past
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Designing the Urban Commons | Events | LSE Cities

Designing the Urban Commons | Events | LSE Cities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Through research, conferences, teaching and projects, the centre aims to shape new thinking and practice on how to make cities fairer and more sustainable for the next generation of urban dwellers, who will make up some 70 per cent of the global population by 2050.
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The developing country that is running on 100% renewable energy

The developing country that is running on 100% renewable energy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.
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The Next Wave of Basic Income Activism: Distributed Safety Nets — Medium

The Next Wave of Basic Income Activism: Distributed Safety Nets — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea of a basic income has gone pretty much viral in the past two years. This ongoing revolution has been a big part of my twenties, I paused my med.school studies 5 years ago for three reasons, and they all tie into my work with the basic income revolution.

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Can banks individually create money out of nothing? — The theories and the empirical evidence

Can banks individually create money out of nothing? — The theories and the empirical evidence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This paper presents the first empirical evidence in the history of banking on the question of whether banks can create money out of nothing. The banking crisis has revived interest in this issue, but it had remained unsettled. Three hypotheses are recognised in the literature. According to the financial intermediation theory of banking, banks are merely intermediaries like other non-bank financial institutions, collecting deposits that are then lent out. According to the fractional reserve theory of banking, individual banks are mere financial intermediaries that cannot create money, but collectively they end up creating money through systemic interaction. A third theory maintains that each individual bank has the power to create money ‘out of nothing’ and does so when it extends credit (the credit creation theory of banking). The question which of the theories is correct has far-reaching implications for research and policy. Surprisingly, despite the longstanding controversy, until now no empirical study has tested the theories. This is the contribution of the present paper. An empirical test is conducted, whereby money is borrowed from a cooperating bank, while its internal records are being monitored, to establish whether in the process of making the loan available to the borrower, the bank transfers these funds from other accounts within or outside the bank, or whether they are newly created. This study establishes for the first time empirically that banks individually create money out of nothing. The money supply is created as ‘fairy dust’ produced by the banks individually, "out of thin air".

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Ubiquitous Commons: The Struggle to Control Our Data | David Bollier

Ubiquitous Commons: The Struggle to Control Our Data | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the past twenty years, there has been such a proliferation of computers, smartphones, digital devices, surveillance cameras, maps, mobile applications, sensors and much else – all of it networked through the Internet, wireless and telephone connections – that an unimaginably vast new body of personal data is being generated about us, individually and collectively.    

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America can be a full-employment economy once again

America can be a full-employment economy once again | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How close will February's unemployment rate come to "full employment"? Not close enough, argues economist John Komlos, who believes the right to life implies a right to a job. Komlos is the author of “What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn’t Get in the Usual Principles Text."
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Antisystemic Movements and the Future of Capitalism - P2P Foundation

Antisystemic Movements and the Future of Capitalism - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The antisystemic movements now find themselves in the midst of a fierce struggle about the future. Let me start by reviewing very briefly my premises, about which I have written much. I do this in order to analyze the role and dilemmas of the antisystemic movements in this struggle, what I now call the Global Left. The modern world-system is a capitalist world-economy functioning within the framework of an interstate system. This system has been in existence for some 500 years. It has been a remarkably successful system in terms of its objective which is the endless accumulation of capital.

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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings

Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even came close to representing African small farmers was invited.

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Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It won't be anything like "The Day After Tomorrow." But it's definitely not good, either.
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Uber, Lyft Face Lawsuits That Could Alter Sharing Economy

BY KATE ROGERS Hot start-ups Uber and Lyft have contributed substantially to the growth of the sharing economy that connects freelancers with available work projects. Now some drivers of those...
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Labour, life and love: Marxist feminists join the dots - Open Democracy

Labour, life and love: Marxist feminists join the dots - Open Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last weekend two generations of international feminists met at a conference in Berlin designed to prompt fresh thinking on Marxist feminist theory and inspire the renewal of a socialist feminist movement.

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