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Settlers declare independence, threaten trade route to Mars
Dateline: 1 January 2074
Chinese officials today announced that they have lost control of their dark-side of the Moon base, Yuèliàng. The colony already produces some 80% of Chinese processed metals from their Mars mining operations. It has a population of nearly 750,000 people, almost half of whom have never lived anywhere else. The Chinese Moon colonists have been...

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Technology and laughter stops diners in their tracks
Dateline: 15 August 2007
London’s chain of Conran restaurants launched their new interactive multi-language menus over the weekend. Attempting to serve London’s increasingly cosmopolitan and demanding diners with new intuitive menu translation technology, a joint venture between Google and Conran, the restaurants experienced a tsunami of customer rejection. It must be said that some customers had been entertained in...
Olympic mercenaries or new age trailblazers?
Dateline: 27 August 2008
The tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe today finished the Beijing Olympics with a massive 57 medal haul. This remarkable nation is home to just 200 thousand people. Controversy reigns over their results. After the discovery of oil in 2001, civil war followed the government takeover by President Miguel Trouvaada. His military government...
Bartering a response to weakening cash-based economies
Dateline: 15 November 2020
A small village, quite aptly named Haven, may be the model for retirement in the future. Bartering talents, skills, produce and goods is how this community thrives. They barter one-on-one but they also ‘sell’ excess produce or general usage services such as water purification on a points system, called the ECO, which is fast becoming...
Protests hit Clinique cosmetics launch
Dateline: 12 February 2009
A crowd of two thousand people dressed in their best impression of Frankenstein’s ‘monster’ gathered around the entrance of Macy’s in New York yesterday to protest against the launch of Clinique’s new range of beauty products – branded NanoSparkle. Protestors were angry at the fact that the company had ignored persistent pleas to regulate nano-particles...
Spoogle puts the global brain in the palm of your hand
Dateline: 14 June 2012
No, this is not another ad for some internet computer service. Unless you are a mega-corp, your personal computing budget has gone to zero with the launch of Spoogle, the new speech activated information system. It works with the latest smartphones from Sony Ericsson and Nokia Dell. Remember those zany movies your father told you...
A search for moderation unites billions
Dateline: 18 October 2015
This weekend’s ceremonies celebrating ‘Peace and Harmony’ in more than 200 global centers is the pinnacle of an informal movement that originated just ten years ago. It is estimated that almost one billion people took part – calling for more balanced lives and resistance to the ‘Rush Society’. Somewhat reminiscent of the hippie movement of...
Tesco, Wal-Mart and eBay the only game in your weekly shopping
Dateline: 1 December 2010
Trading in shares of supermarket chain Morrisons (the owners of Sainsbury’s and Safeway) was suspended late last night after Morrisons’ management blocked hostile take-over bids by Tesco and Wal-Mart. With spiralling losses, it appears that Morrisons assets will have to be auctioned and are likely to achieve much lower prices than either of the offers...
The convergence of in-body and in-home networking is here
Dateline: 15 September 2010
The chip business hasn’t exactly set the world on fire the last few years but today two consumer giants Sony and IBM got together to launch their entry into the ‘in-body’ chip market – the PersonalCell chip. Designed to be implanted under the skin, this chip, smaller than a grain of rice, effectively replaces your...
Obese at 10 and bankrupt at 18, is this what we want for our kids?
Dateline: 17 October 2008
Children, teenagers and young adults have become the target of aggressive advertising campaigns for everything from fast food to credit cards. The result of this relentless bombardment is a range of ‘addictions’ that sets them on the road to personal and financial ruin. Thanks to the widespread use of credit cards, some 20% of young...
Personal stem cell medicine comes of age with Organs-R-Us IPO
Dateline: 15 May 2012
Hot science has suddenly become consumer mainstream. Yesterday’s IPO of Organs-R-Us, based in San Diego, has mapped out the future of medicine and hospitals. This is health-care with a difference – everything is personalized, from drugs based on your own DNA and the ability to re-generate body parts. With a plan to open 20 city...

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