Productivity across all sectors

Productivity across all sectors

Over the last couple of years I have been receiving information from Wal Mart workers in the USA about their conditions and terms of employment and salary. They have a very intensive campaign which continues their push for improved wages so they have a fair deal and can afford to pay their bills. So my […]

Air Shepherd

Air Shepherd

Air Shepherd, a new initiative of the Lindbergh Foundation, is using sophisticated technology to protect the environment. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or drones, are successfully stopping the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. They are deployed with advanced infrared surveillance systems and supercomputer-based predictive analytic technology developed at the University of Maryland. • This […]

Mapping Singapore’s urban heat island phenomenon

Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island phenomenon. Mapping elements like wind flow patterns helps planners build better cities. Copyright: Chensiyuan An urban heat island (UHI) is an urban area that is warmer than the surrounding rural areas due to human economic development. […]

The Most Good You Can Do

The Most Good You Can Do

How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically Peter Singer’s books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of Animal Liberation. Now he directs our attention to a new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism. Effective altruism is built upon the simple but […]

BOOKS:Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt

BOOKS:Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt is a non-fiction book by the American writer Michael Lewis published by W. W. Norton & Company on March 31, 2014. The book focuses on the rise of high-frequency trading (HFT) in the US equity market. Lewis states that “The market is rigged” by HFT traders who front run […]

“Water man of India” makes rivers flow again

“Water man of India” makes rivers flow again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India, and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.  School textbooks in India have been telling children for generations that Rajasthan is an inhospitable state in the northwest of the country, constrained by the hot, hostile sands of […]

G7 have created 4.5 million jobs since before the crisis

G7 have created 4.5 million jobs since before the crisis

But productivity remains key to escaping the clutches of the financial crisis, says PwC report. Almost seven years on from the global financial crisis and a broad based global rebound remains elusive.  But one of the most damning and tangible metrics of the crisis – the huge upturn in unemployment in the G7 – is […]