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Cal on April 30th, 2016

Dr Aubrey de Grey believes some people have already been born who could live for many centuries because of ongoing research being done into “repairing the effects of ageing.” He is concerned that preventative treatments mean humans would be able to consistently re-repair and live as long as 1,000 years or possibly even forever. Mr […]

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Cal on April 4th, 2016

Boston Consulting Group suggests that within 15 years China will be the largest market for autonomous (driverless) vehicles. Automated taxis will most likely lead the trend. A number of Chinese companies are working on these vehicles including the Internet company Leshi Internet Information & Technology, carmaker Great Wall Motors, and the search engine company Baidu. […]

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Cal on March 25th, 2016

Every hour of every day: • 3.7 million barrels of crude oil are extracted from the Earth • 932,000 tons of coal are removed from Earth • 395 million cubic meters of natural gas are removed from Earth • 4.1 million tons of carbon dioxide are put into the Earth’s atmosphere • 9,300 more people […]

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Cal on December 20th, 2015

Oil trader John Arnold is expecting one-half of the US energy industry to go bankrupt next year if the world price of oil does not rebound from its current doldrums of almost $35 a barrel. “Come January 1, revenues will experience a pronounced decline for many companies, coinciding with a time of severe stress for […]

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Cal on November 28th, 2015

The global oil industry continues to contract because of the plunge in world crude oil prices. Graves & Co. reports the industry has cut 250,000 jobs and $100 billion in capital spending this year. Baker Hughes says that the US rig count is 54% lower than in a year ago. It is estimated there will […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2015

  The United Nations reported the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India surpasses China to become the largest country. By the end of this century, this figure could increase to more than 11.2 billion. The west African country of Nigeria is expected to be larger than the US by mid-century and […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2015

China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy, 35 years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “time bomb.” The new regulation, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children, could be implemented “as soon as the end […]

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Cal on July 25th, 2015

The German government plans to give financial compensation to electric power utilities which agree to mothball coal-generation plants and maintain them in standby mode. Terms of the compensation are not yet known. 200 out of 535 US coal power plants have closed since 2010 or about 40% of that country’s electricity production from coal. Over […]

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