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COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It’s hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of ‘peak oil’ and the high prices of natural gas and coal. Now new power stations are coming online at an amazing rate, using pure clean sunshine. A variety of technologies, from ultra-thin or nano film materials...

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Landmark ruling under tough anti-spam laws
Dateline: 17 May 2007
In an amazing outcome to the widely publicized High Court trial of Global Mutual Plc’s CEO, Sir Jim Humphrey-Smythe, a serious blow has been struck against spam. The business community has been shocked to its core by the landmark case which has created a commercial nightmare for almost every business. Not since the new disclosure...
Film as we knew it, is no more
Dateline: 19 August 2009
Broadway had never seen anything like it. A Saturday night wake of passionate proportions. Professional photographers, hobbyists and cinema buffs mourned the final passing of analog film as the last film projector in a New York cinema was de-commissioned and hoisted through a gaping hole five stories up. The huge hulk was moved onto a...
Videogames are not just entertainment but a new commercial juggernaut
Dateline: 4 June 2006
Three virtual worlds that exist on the internet have grown economies with a per-capita income comparable to those of small countries and several more are well on their way, this from the latest report published by respected economist, Keith Ferold. At the heart of each virtual world is a computer game played by hundreds of...
Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe’s pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, insults were exchanged across the floor amidst a chaotic scene at the EU Parliament in Brussels, as mem-bers debated the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age. The bill was narrowly passed....
MTV Awards capture the power of the connected individual and the worst of establishment thinking
Dateline: 23 December 2008
It has been a year of polarity. For some, as Frank Sinatra once crooned, “It was a very good year”, and for others, in the words of fave Australian grunge band, Vomit, “It stinks”. It was all perfectly summed up at the MTV Best & Worst Annual Award Ceremony last night, which was beamed live...
Consumers take ownership and topple service providers' marketing strategies
Dateline: 14 December 2006
Mobile phones have become the de facto standard contact point for many people – especially with the explosion of small and networked business structures. Until recently mobile service providers held customers to ransom as they were seen to own the telephone number, making it very difficult for customers to switch even if they were not...
New tax to exploit rampant growth in universal communications
Dateline: 21 March 2010
In a surprising move, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Belgium’s Minister of Finance announced in her webcast this afternoon that CamPhone Tax would be extended to include all W4G (fourth generation wireless inter-net) transmissions, while fuel tax would be done away with. A snap survey of the audience during the last minute of the broadcast indicated 64% in...
Anglo's Mondi Ventures launches new BioPharming strategy to turn forests & fields into biological factories
Dateline: 2 August 2008
Anglo American, the tenth largest company on the FTSE100, announced a major medical breakthrough and a new strategy at its investors’ briefing in London yesterday. A new cure for malaria was first on the agenda, as the Anglo Research Division confirmed its organic plant derivative had proved successful in clinical trials. The Anglo subsidiary Mondi...
With Intel's new ChippIE food warnings have just become very personal
Dateline: 11 December 2009
Litigation against the food industry has left massive controversy in its wake and it’s the consumer who has been the real winner. But in-body computing looks set to change all that. Intel’s new, personal ‘under-skin’ chip, appropriately named, ChippIE, knows what food you like and what’s good for you personally, before you eat it. This...
Controversy rages at Oscars as Sean Connery and his youthful electronic avatar double share the Best Actor Award
Dateline: Sunday 28th March, 2010
So who was the real winner? Sean Connery, the imposing, but ageing, figure on the podium, or Sean Connery, the electronic avatar, with the characteristic gravelly voice and a youthful spring in his step? It seems nobody in the Academy could decide, as the judges voted on a joint award last night at the 2010...

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