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Who turned off the night?
Greenpeace calls for light curfew to bring back the dark
Dateline: 9 January 2023
What happened to those lovely dark nights, when all the stars came out? They’re gone, along with hurricane lamps and black outs. Now that LED lighting has conquered the world, seen from space our planet is a bright, glittering jewel at night. Even darkest Africa is filled with a billion points of light, and more’s...

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London’s new South Bank bathes in brilliant white light as the incandescent light bulb shatters
Dateline: 7 January, 2010
The lights went up last night in London as South Bank, the capital city’s new theatre and arts complex, was unveiled. But this was no ordinary illumination. Overlooking the River Thames, South Bank has been hailed as an architectural masterpiece – and it boasts the most advanced lighting techno-logy in the world. The energy-saving lights...
AT&T introduces BE ME 'conscious software' and says goodbye to its HR department
Dateline: 8 September 2010
If you are an employee of AT&T and ring the HR department tomorrow morning, you will be not be talking to a human being. You could be talking to Millie, Sam or Susan: they might look like a person on your videophone or your PC screen, but they are virtual beings. These are the most...
The credit card game is over - the mobile phone wins
Dateline: 3 August 2009
Some of the most powerful icons of 20th Century capitalism were finally shut down last night by a real 21st Century villain: the mobile phone. Over the past seven years, since the early years of the decade, the mobile phone has proved to be a real business terrorist. It wrenched people from their place of...
Europe and America 'outsource' their ageing populations to reduce healthcare costs
Dateline: 12 August 2015
While the Western World has reeled from its rapidly ageing population, spiraling health care costs and falling pension benefits, the countries of South-East Asia have quietly grown a massive industry based on the provision of care to the elderly. Hospitals, nursing homes, taxi companies, catering companies, emergency medical alert support and drug companies – all...
The unthinkable becomes passé
Dateline: 26 June 2020
Today human cloning is the de facto standard for wealthy couples to have the child they want. The once much-vaunted ‘designer baby’ is now an uneventful reality for those who can afford it. The trend has resulted in an exponential growth for the cloning companies. Yet the noise just won’t die down completely. There were...
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. This used to be incinerated or jettisoned back in port. Now, using the latest waste management technology to convert all food waste into a biodegradable plastic, Princess...
BEAM ME UP A BURGER, SCOTTY!
Dinner from Sony – made atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Dateline: 9 February 2010
Pushing the trolley around the supermarket looks soon to become a thing of the past. You can now make almost anything you want, custom-built, right in your kitchen, using the new Sony Nano Assembler. This gizmo is a microwave look-alike – at least superficially. By using the atoms available in your garbage, the Sony P1...

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