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Batteries and the new lithium gold rush.

This is a theme I’ve been following since last year. Most batteries, especially vehicle batteries, rely on Lithium. In the near-term, there isn’t enough supply. For reference, the spot price is up 5x YoY, and about 30% in the past […]

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Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science.

“When electrons or atoms or individuals or societies interact with one another or their environment, the collective behavior of the whole is different from that of its parts. We call this resulting behavior emergent. Emergence thus refers to collective phenomena […]

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What is actually a heretical view?

It’s interesting to consider that most heretical views are only partially so. Tyler Cowen offers these categories: 1. Used to be heretical, or on the verge of switching. 2. It’s heretical to say but the actual idea is not heretical. […]

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The rise and decline of thinking over feeling.

“In texts, … thinking words relating to technology and social organization (experiment, gravity, weigh, cost, contract) become more common between 1850 and approximately 1977 (beginning of the great stagnation) but since then thinking words have declined markedly and feeling words […]

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Ten million deaths a year from air pollution.

This article shines a spotlight on the problem. A ray of hope is that unlike decarbonization, “for one thing, it’s actually under the control of local and national governments. It’s also a significant burden on public health, which if alleviated […]

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The coming world ruling class.

“This ruling class might sometimes offer their larger community some options to choose between. But mostly this is when the ruling elite can’t decide, or wants to make others feel more involved. Such as who exactly to put at the […]

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Five mysteries the Standard Model can’t explain.

“It is the most rigorous theory of particle physics, incredibly precise and accurate in its predictions. … Despite its great predictive power, however, the Standard Model fails to answer five crucial questions, which is why particle physicists know their work […]

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Climate activism via blockchain.

A Digital Autonomous Organization (DAO) has acquired $100 million worth of carbon offset credits. “The core team told Cointelegraph that it intends to put upward pressure on the price of carbon offsets “so that it becomes more profitable to engage […]