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Coca Cola, McDonalds, Unilever and Nestle in the firing line
Dateline: 15 November 2008
In a surprisingly quick and controversial judgement the food industry has been served the most dangerous curved ball in its long history. The fast-food industry was first to feel the wrath of consumer power in 2004 but today’s judgement puts the entire food industry on the line to accurately label their foods, to include prominent...

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Pharma meets Farmer
Forget the jab and take a bite instead
Dateline: 15 September 2029
Farmers and ‘Pharmas’ are the unsung heroes of bringing the Covid-19 pandemic to its knees in developed and developing economies. Enabled by the most prolific marketing campaign the world has ever seen, the phrase ‘eat your greens’ has taken on a new meaning. For decades, ‘Big Pharma’ has successfully scaled vaccines and antibodies to fight...
The World’s First Trillionaire
Elon Musk grabs the title as SpaceX soars
Dateline: 29 October 2031
Forty years ago, science fiction author Ben Bova surmised that the world’s first trillionaire would be born on the back of commercial space operations, and he wasn’t wrong. According to Forbes, Elon Musk’s personal fortune has quadrupled in a decade and now stands at just over a trillion dollars, making him not only the world’s...
E-cars stay in the slow lane
Start the electric car revolution without me
Dateline: 21 October 2026
Yes, I know. When Tesla stock shot up six years ago, making Elon Musk the world’s richest person, we all thought the market was prescient, and that the age of cyber trucking had finally arrived. Electric cars were going to be the next big thing, and soon! Well, it turns out that the stock market...
China’s perfect storm
The great fall of China reaches a crescendo
Dateline: 14 October 2051
Looking back over a generation, we’ve witnessed the rise and rise of China, and its subsequent collapse. For four decades, China was seemingly unstoppable, adopting urbanization and market principles and tech innovation. Almost a billion people were hauled out of poverty in rural villages and inserted into the industrial economy of China’s teeming cities. At...
Must love robots
We’re all in love with machines
Dateline: 8 October 2028
Love me, love my bot. Yes, it’s true; for many of us, it’s beyond an attachment to a phone or mobile device. But that’s where it started. We grew up with phones, connected to the global zeitgeist, and we became dependent on them. Co-dependent, you might say, as they couldn’t function without us either. Then...
CEO hangs upside down during keynote
They won’t forget this one
Dateline: 1 October 2024
In a bizarre turn of events, CEO Jared Youngman took off his shirt, strapped on a pair of gravity boots and hung from his ankles in the middle of a new product launch last night. Even more surprisingly, his audience remained quiet and attentive for the three-minute ‘meditation’ interlude, after which the tech billionaire calmly...
Solar storm maroons astronauts on Lunar Gateway
Who switched off the internet?
Dateline: 24 September 2031
That’s the problem with the digital, connected, electronic age. When you’re used to the lights always being on, and everything available, on demand, it’s a shock to the system when the world goes dark and silent. The Sun has been so quiet for so long that we’ve become complacent and were totally unprepared for the...
A supercomputer in your pocket
New memory chips to power the smart net of everything
Dateline: 14 September 2028
We’re accustomed to new smartphone models being announced every year or two, promising faster chips and better battery life, but not much else. This time it’s different. Apple’s 2028 iPhone is the first phone that can really lay claim to being a portable supercomputer. Using memory and data technology previously only found in server farms...
China unlocks massive gas reserves
Coal gasification and hydrates remove the need for imported gas
Dateline: 9 September 2032
As part of China’s transition from coal to solar power, the country has been investing heavily in developing new smaller nuclear plants, and also consuming vast quantities of natural gas. With over half this supply coming from imports, China desperately needed new resources. Now two sources of ‘unconventional’ gas are being tapped. Scientists have developed...
Breakup of the century
Space Station plans for scheduled disassembly
Dateline: 1 September 2031
Nasa has issued an urgent instruction cancelling all future ‘tourist’ visits to the International Space Station, and has announced preliminary plans for the breakup of the station into separate modules prior to retrieval or deorbiting. The shock announcement came as further cracks in the Russian-built Zarya module threatened to compromise the integrity of the orbiting...

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