The role of technology in tackling climate change

As life reminds us daily, the power of technology is truly limitless. Ever since the industrial revolution began in the mid-19th century, our lives have continued to be enriched by a constant state of technological evolution, which have helped transform how we live, almost invariably for the better. It’s tough to imagine our lives today without …

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Formula 1 is here to stay

As a growing number of major automobile manufacturers pledge to invest their long-term future in road cars that are 100% electric, including Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Renault, and Aston Martin, the question of what will happen to some of these brands’ leading Formula 1 team becomes increasingly pressing. In October last year Honda, which supplies engines …

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Blockchain hasn’t lived up to its potential yet—here’s why

Say the word ‘blockchain’ and most will think of Elon Musk and Dogecoin, or the NFT craze that swept the internet, churning out fan tokens and capitalising on noughties memes. But these are just distractions to the real power of blockchain. At its core a decentralized public ledger system, the technology within will fundamentally alter …

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The future of spaceflight depends on a private-public consortium

The year 2021 might be remembered as the year in which the space race gained a new lease of life. But rather than nation-states competing for global hegemony, it is being played out as a battle of private interests – namely, which corporation will hold the bragging rights of getting humanity back to the moon. …

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Smart cities are the future, but how will they be governed?

This summer, the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance celebrated its 2-year anniversary in working towards the UN’s Sustainable Goal 11 to”make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” A global conversation on smart cities is needed more than ever – with the adverse impact of the global pandemic having made these goals more difficult to attain …

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Social impact is the litmus test for emerging technologies

The world is at an inflexion point in the course of the history of technology. Thanks to the imminent arrival of the internet of things, we will soon be more connected to each other and the technologies with which we have populated our world than we ever have been. We are also expanding the physical …

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Behind Blockchain: How it Works and its Use Beyond Bitcoin

Over the past five years, blockchain has become a household term. Popularized by its use in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain technology will soon revolutionize the finance industry. However, its functions and ability to permanently record exchanges of information can be applied to other industries, changing how individuals, companies, and governments interact with one another.  …

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The Electric Vehicle revolution will be only as strong as the weakest link

Launched this week, the UK’s new transport decarbonisation plan is designed to cut pollution in the transport sector, with the aim to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050. One measure included in the scheme is the new “ZEV mandate”, which requires of British carmakers that a minimum proportion of the cars they produce be electric. …

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In seeking a Green Recovery from the pandemic we should set realistic expectations

Last year, likely for the first time in living memory, global energy demand fell compared to the previous year. In 2020, as flights were grounded, factories temporarily closed and commuters consigned to their homes, global energy demand is estimated to have declined by 4%. Only one part of global electricity markets continued to grow. According …

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