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214 SUCCESSFUL TRANSFUSIONS DESPITE HUMAN BLOOD SHORTAGE
Artificial blood saves earthquake victims
Dateline: 17 April 2021
“We’re out of blood,” was the chilling statement released by Sichuan University School of Medicine in Chengdu. 4,700 people were left homeless following the earthquake which struck Chengdu yesterday. Rescuers and volunteers are still working through the rubble of the Tianfu Times Tower, but Chengdu’s hospitals are overwhelmed. “We called for blood donors,” says Doctor...

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Thorium set to ride the solar wave
China’s Thorium Molten Salt Reactor goes commercial
Dateline: 8 August 2032
A decade ago, Shanghai scientists completed testing of a prototype small nuclear reactor using thorium as fuel and molten salt as the coolant. Now the first commercial power plant using this technology has connected to China’s grid. Although small by traditional nuclear reactor standards, at 100MW the new plant can power up to 100,000 homes,...
From supercycle to spin cycle
Commodities crash as circular economy kicks in
Dateline: 30 July 2031
It was common cause that all global growth, all added economic value, came ultimately from two sources – agriculture and mining. Even manufacturing relied on raw material inputs, and everything else was just supporting activity. But that was before the digital age. Now services account for 80% of all economic output, virgin mining is declining...
I used to drive a supercomputer
Now my car runs my startup banking business
Dateline: 22 July 2025
Electric cars have come a long way, and because they can virtually drive themselves, they’re packed with computer chips and smart software that makes the typical model more powerful than 350 laptops. And they’ve got hyper cloud connectivity to boot! When I was a freelance consultant and expected to commute to clients, my office was...
Smart Nutrition beats Animal Farm
Engineered protein means steak without the slaughter
Dateline: 1 July 2030
The focus on electric cars and solar power has not achieved global climate action targets. With greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming far exceeding those of transport, the leverage point was never really going to be with planes or trains. In 2024, once coronavirus was finally brought under control, the EU and United States could...
Australia rules!
It’s not the African Decade after all
Dateline: 9 July 2027
Contrary to many expectations among economists and trend watchers, the 2020s have not favoured Africa with a huge growth spurt or demographic dividend. With the rise and rise of China – and other southeast Asia countries – the biggest markets in the world are no longer in Europe or North America. In fact, five of...
I am ether. I am me.
Provable identity is the crypto killer app
Dateline: 2 July 2025
There’s a dominant use case emerging for the Ethereum blockchain, a killer app that will make crypto as widely adopted as smartphones. And it isn’t money. It’s all about digital property rights, identity, and ownership. Public blockchains are essentially massively multiuser databases. Decentralized and authenticated by the network itself, they allow anyone with a blockchain...
Diamonds are for everything
Nanodiamond replaces metallic compounds for microscopic components
Dateline: 25 June 2026
Move over, cobalt, nickel and titanium; there’s a new material to build things at the nanoscale, and it’s more versatile than silicon. Like graphene and carbon nanotubes, nanodiamond is pure carbon, but with unique chemical and physical properties. By varying the size of the diamond nanoparticles, we can alter their optical properties – think lasers...
Breaking the sound and travel barriers
United hopes supersonic jets will bring back the boom times
Dateline: 17 June 2028
It’s been 25 years since the last Concorde flight, when the supersonic airliner was retired in 2003. Since then, only military jets have been breaking the sound barrier on training and combat missions. That’s all about to change, as the Overture plane from Boom Supersonic rolls out in United Airlines livery. After a decade of...
China leads the green decade
Beijing boasts best air quality in Asia
Dateline: 12 June 2032
Once the biggest polluter in the world, China now has the enviable position of being ranked as the cleanest and greenest of all large, industrialized economies. The ‘airpocalypse’, Beijing’s notoriously thick grey smog, has been permanently eradicated, and the sky above Tiananmen Square is clear and blue. With many cities banning petrol and diesel cars,...
Product piracy: Nanotech sails to the rescue
Printable nanotags foil peddlers of fake goods
Dateline: 4 June 2024
There’s a global crisis bedevilling manufacturers and brands – the illicit trade in counterfeit goods. Everything from medicines to cigarettes to luxury goods and electronics; and the fakes are generally inferior in quality and performance, leading to genuine health and safety risks. Fake drugs, cloned car seats and cheap knockoffs can lead to personal injury,...

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