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Canary Islands collapse results in multiple tsunamis
Dateline: 26 December 2011
Boston, New York and Miami were hit by 50-meter tidal waves in quick succession, starting at around 01:30 this morning. It is believed that a minor volcanic eruption at La Palma in the Canary Islands caused a massive collapse of unstable volcanic slabs, twice the volume of the Isle of Man, resulting in monster waves...

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Living robots do nanotech chores
Molecular machines on the atomic assembly line
Dateline: 17 December 2024
Almost five years ago, scientists created the first living robots, called xenobots, from tiny blobs of frog stem cells. Most importantly, they discovered through simulation on a supercomputer that they could program the xenobots by redesigning their physical format. Their shape determined their function. Now the convergence of biotech, nanoscale engineering and semiconductor design has...
Trade walls tumble
The only free lunch Is free trade
Dateline: 10 December 2024
Gone are the days of tariffs, duties and quotas. People (and their governments) have finally woken up to the fact that international trade benefits everybody, not just the strongest partner in a trading relationship. Several significant moves and agreements over the last four years have given rise to this new trend. All of Africa’s most...
The serious business of Sciplay
New genre of edutainment taking the world by storm
Dateline: 4 December 2026
Think of it as Sci Fi meets Extreme Sports, Video Games and Reality TV. There’s a new game in town, and it’s breaking all the records for attracting followers and sponsors. Early examples of this blend of science, technology innovation, and entertainment were the BBC’s Robot Wars and the Mythbusters TV series. Rocketeers and student...
What you don’t know won’t hurt you
It’s not ‘what you know,’ but rather ‘asking the right questions’ that is most important
Dateline: 27 November 2030
In previous decades and centuries, knowledge was power, and possessing the right knowledge was the key to success, wealth and ultimately, power. That’s no longer the case. Now we live in an age where the internet of everything is sensing and monitoring every aspect of our lives and physical world. With over a 100 billion...
The silk noose tightens
China’s Belt and Road initiative gains pace
Dateline: 19 November 2025
As western countries faltered in the face of coronavirus pandemics and political instability, China quietly ramped up its efforts to create a griphold on global trade. Having established its Belt and Road development strategy a decade earlier, China took advantage of 2020 turbulence to put key alliances in place. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or...
Don’t have heart failure
It takes more than brains to innovate
Dateline: 12 November 2023
If you’re a business leader or entrepreneur, you’ll know that it takes more than smarts to create something new, to be successful, to make a mark in your chosen field. Whether you’re facing Trumpian odds of succeeding or just bidin’ your time to become the leading innovator in your marketspace, you need resilience, persistence and...
Seven years to impact!
‘Chaos’ asteroid headed for Earth
Dateline: 15 April 2029
The asteroid Apophis which flew past two days ago (on Friday 13th) has had its orbital path recalculated, and the results are in. Due to the deflection exerted on Apophis by the Earth’s gravity, a new simulation suggests a possibility of over 3% for impact with our planet in 2036. Previous projections put the space...
Email is dead
It’s time to bury it
Dateline: 12 January 2024
Email was the first universal communication tool of the internet age, and free for most. But now it has run its course, superseded by far more efficient and effective ways of communicating, collaborating, and engaging communities – customers and employees alike. In the early days, we had to draft our emails, then connect to the...
Bitpound takes on Bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies teeter as central banks step in
Dateline: 23 October 2023
Money, even digital money, is all about trust. Do we trust the token someone is giving us for the value we are delivering? Do we trust that it will keep its value and be able to buy the things we need in the future? It’s that simple. The only reason we trust the dollar is...
Everybody’s talking at me
But I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Dateline: 16 October 2024
We’re all connected now, like never before. With the full activation of Starlink and 5G, there’s hardly a spot on the planet that’s not drenched in high-speed internet. Ubiquitous connectivity is finally here, and it’s virtually free. And that has changed the world, again. We’ve all become news junkies, Twitter addicts and Insta freaks. To...

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