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The extreme shortage of high IQ workers.

An interesting way to think about the distribution of talent. “It’s very difficult to run a high-IQ civilization of 330 million on just 100,000 high-IQ workers–the pyramid of ability extends only so far.” ~ learn more

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MethaneSAT.

Oh, the things you can do from space. “The revolution of MethaneSAT is its ability to precisely measure methane levels with high spatial resolution over wide areas, allowing it to track all methane escaping from the production of oil and […]

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What is Frontier?

“We work with a multidisciplinary group of top scientific experts to help us evaluate promising carbon removal technologies.” The group’s backers have committed to spending $1 Billion on this critical work. They are bridging the early demand gap to get […]

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Wave-amplifying generator bounces twice as high as the swells.

The biggest challenge for offshore wave power is the occasional yet inevitable humungous storm. “CorPower says it’s a novel phase control technology called WaveSpring that sets its huge C4 buoys apart. An internal pneumatic cylinder is pre-tensioned to pull the […]

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Ocean-based carbon capture.

The ocean and air work together to balance the carbon dioxide load. So as the concentration has increased in the air, it has also increased in the ocean. But what if that could work backwards? Planetary Technologies is pursuing the […]

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Nuclear power’s tailwind in Washington.

“Freshly passed legislation and new rules from the Biden administration are putting teeth behind a renewed bipartisan push for nuclear power, which has suffered major setbacks in recent decades despite advocates’ repeated predictions over the years that the industry was […]

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Thinking doesn’t just happen in the brain.

In October 2022, I shared this link where Michael Levin showcased work from his lab on organ regeneration. He had figured out that all cells communicate electrically, which is how they know what and where to be when they grow up. He demonstrated it by cutting a planarian […]

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Palmer Luckey makes his point.

“How far might we be if supposedly learned elites didn’t use the power of words to attack the power of technologist-driven technology?” ~ learn more