, October 05, 2022

The case against nuclear power has just got stronger: Techopian newsletter


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The case against nuclear power has just got stronger: Techopian newsletter

The case against nuclear power has just got stronger:

The recent Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine illustrates two more reasons, to join a long list, why nuclear power is such a bad idea.

This is a long read, providing a  look at the key issues surrounding the nuclear power debate.  The feature includes videos snippets from an interview we conducted with  Dr Paul Dorfman, Associate Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and chair of the Nuclear Consulting Group.

Why does it matter? Because nuclear is expensive, and it takes a long time to develop a new nuclear power station. Instead, if we were to scale-up renewables and apply various technologies and techniques to overcome the problem of intermittent supply, (which we touch on in the article) we can achieve low-cost energy with zero reliance on Russia. Government-backed  investment in nuclear may crowd out investment in the more viable alternative.

The case against nuclear power has just got stronger
The recent Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine illustrates two more reasons, to join a long list, why nuclear power is such a bad idea.

Russia bans Facebook — what irony!


Facebook and Twitter are banned in the country that used Facebook and Twitter to sow discontent and spread fake news in the West. Meanwhile, apps like Telegram have become new weapons of information.

Russia bans Facebook — what irony
Facebook and Twitter are banned in the country that used Facebook and Twitter to sow discontent and spread fake news in the West. Meanwhile, apps like Telegram have become new weapons of information.

Why Leave Good Luck to Chance? Leveraging Technology to Foster Connection and Serendipity

Prof. Dr Christian Busch the bestselling author of Connect the Dots: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck, says that there is a "science-based approach which would could us to actually help foster “unexpected good luck” (serendipity)?

"What if we could take strategic actions to cultivate “smart luck”? He asks

Leveraging Technology to Foster Connection and Serendipity
Why Leave Good Luck to Chance? Leveraging Technology to Foster Connection and Serendipity

Bitcoin passes a test, but does it matter?

While stock markets saw sharp falls, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies surged on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Bitcoin has passed a test, but does that test matter?

Bitcoin passes a test, but does it matter?
While stock markets saw sharp falls, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies surged on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Bitcoin has passed a test, but does that test matter?

1989: The failure of our 'moral' society

In this article, Rob Hughes recalls a disturbing incident from his childhood and makes a passionate  attack on Western leaders who says "have done nothing until it is too late."

1989: The failure of our ‘moral’ society
Putin threatens the world with nuclear weapons as he marches West while European leaders dither.

Renewables are the means to defeat Putin


The greatest weapon the West has at its disposal in the new Cold War is economic, and that means renewables.

While all around the globe stock markets plummet, two company's shares have done rather well. Shares in Orsted and Vestas have risen by almost a third in the last couple of weeks.

The two companies are market leaders in renewables, wind power in particular. Why is this? Because actually, while stock markets get it wrong 'sometimes', as a general rule, they are good at pricing in future potential. The markets understand that the Russian/Ukraine crisis will accelerate the shift to renewables while oil and gas are on their way out.

Renewables are the means to defeat Putin
The greatest weapon the West has at its disposal in the new Cold War is economic, and that means renewables

Up the Union, say Apple workers

Apple retail workers are joining unions as Apple profits rise faster than their wages.

Up the Union, say Apple workers
Apple retail workers are joining unions as Apple profits rise faster than their wages.

Come on me Metamaties, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of (virtual) rum

Elon Musk faces stiff opposition for the title 'entrepreneur who may be losing the plot award.' While Musk compares the Canadian Prime Minister with a certain dictator from the 1930s and 1940s, Mark Zuckerberg decides it is time to call colleagues metamates.

Come on me Metamaties, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of virtual rum
Elon Musk faces stiff opposition for the title ‘entrepreneur who may be losing the plot award.’ While Musk compares the Canadian Prime Minister with a certain dictator from the 1930s and 1940s, Mark Zuckerberg decides it is time to call colleagues metamates.

Sharing economy creates new opportunity for electric vehicle owners

An opportunity for owners of electric vehicles to monetise their drive via a community charging network has gained momentum thanks to a deal between JustPark and Vauxhall.

Sharing economy’s opportunity for electric vehicle owners
An opportunity for owners electric vehicles to monetise their drive via a community charging network has gained momentum thanks to a deal between JustPark and Vauxhall.
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