A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.
Are Sovereign Wealth Funds the best way of safeguarding the future?
Sovereign Wealth Funds come in all shapes and sizes. They act as government-backed investment vehicles. They’re used to fund specific social projects and to act as a nest-egg for future generations. There are currently around 150 in the world with global assets worth in excess of $USD 9 trillion. But are they worth the investment?
Enterprising ways to make and shift electricity
Imagine if you could use your own body heat to recharge your smart phone? That’s just one of the ways scientists are trying to decentralise energy production. They also have an eye on new means of power distribution, including using laser beams instead of lines and poles.
Locking down nature in order to liberate it
There’s a serious campaign underway to have 30 per cent of the Earth designated as a giant conservation zone. The target date is 2030.
The eventual aim is to lock down half the planet. It’s about protecting habitats and biodiversity.
But, in so doing, what are the risks for indigenous communities and the poor?
The Privacy Paradox
How many private details are you revealing online – and how valuable is that information? And more importantly what steps can you take to protect your data?
The strange case of the trees that grow metal and how to harvest them
Agromining is a new process for extracting large quantities of metals such as cobalt and nickel from the sap and leaves of rare plants known as hyperaccumulators. Australian scientists have already established a test farm in Malaysia and it’s hoped the technology will one day provide poor communities with a new source of income, while also helping to rehabilitate former mining sites. Also, why do some people get sick after using Virtual Reality and is that holding back the technology? And a new approach to data storage and processing called Edge Computing.
How much change can we expect as airlines once again take to the skies?
As the global aviation industry is slowly coming out of its enforced hibernation, all aspects of the business are up for a rethink - from international routes, to aircraft size, even the design and function of passenger terminals. Some analysts see a unique opportunity to reset the way we travel, and to bring the industry into the 21st century. But there are strong headwinds to navigate.