Posts filed under “Science”

Where Will Growth Come From ?

I got into (yet another) one of those useless, interesting, unprovable debates on exactly where growth is go to come from.

My colleague sees no US job growth in the near or distant future, much more pessimistic than I. My view is that there are several fields that are potentially big growers, but their best years were not near term.

It would be a good few years before we enjoyed another Cambrian explosion like we did in the 1990s. Recall the full build out of cellular, PCs, semiconductors, software, CPUs (286/386/486) — the explosion of internet websites, and data storage. These were enormous job creators.

Now? I can name 10 niches, most of which have future growth potential, but few that can expand into something truly substantial, rising to the size of any of the giant sectors above.

My top 10 list (in order of biggest near term potential):

1. Nano Technology (Think of the line “Plastics” in The Graduate).

2. Green (low carbon) Energy  (generation)

3. Battery technology  (storage)

4. Genomics/Stem Cell Research

5. Web 2.0/3.0 — smaller, niche companies using increased bandwidth

6. Robotics — the continued replacement of humans by machine, for both labor and judgement

7. Life extension Technologies (not disease cures, but actual extension technology)

8. Bio-Agriculture (GMF, etc.)  Feeding 15 billion people will require some technological breakthroughs.

9. Atmospheric Engineering — modifying Earth’s biosphere to keep it hospitable to Humans in the face of an ice age or global warming;

10. Terra forming/Extra Planetary Colonization (uh-oh, time to go)

You will note that as you work your way down the list, these rapidly becoming highly specialized niches — not broad sectors like internet or semiconductors.

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Where do you think the growth is going to come from over the next few decades?

Category: Economy, Science

Dan Pink on Incentives & Rewards

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Pink on Ted

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

Category: Science, Video

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

I’ve recently discovered an animation that was rendered using the measured redshift of all 10,000 galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

I’ve written a short script that leads you through a quick history of both deep field images and this video ends with a fly-through of the Ultra Deep Field.

Every galaxy in the image is in its proper distance as viewed from the telescope line of sight.

As if this image wasn’t amazing enough.

Animation Credit:

Hubble Cosmological Redshift Animation Courtesy:

Mike Gallis

http://phys23p.sl.psu.edu/phys_anim/Phys_anim.htm

Category: Science, Video

Cloned Dogs Sniff Out Drugs

If you think you are seeing double, you are right. Looking exactly the same, the world’s first cloned sniffer dogs reported for work in Seoul’s Incheon airport on Monday. Video courtesy of Reuters.

Category: Science, Video

Google Moon

It was 40 years ago today . . . > click for interactive Google Moon > Other Sources: First Moon Landing 1969 Nice overview of the anniversary at the Merc A 17th century mission to the Moon

Category: Science, Travel, Weekend

Time-lapse Earth Land Mass Movement

Category: Science, Video

$100,000 CRA Challenge

I’ve run out of patience with tired memes and discredited claims by fools and partisan. The rhetoric of those pushing nonsense on the public in an attempt to confuse rather than illuminate  — the phrase is “agnotology” –  only serves to aid the lobbyists working on behalf of the Banks and Investment houses to maintain…Read More

Category: Bailout Nation, Bailouts, Politics, Science

Stonehenge Solved

Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity.

2006

Category: Science, Video

Trading & Prenatal Hormone Levels

> “Traders are succeeding not so much because they are rational, but because they have certain biological traits, including confidence, an appetite for risk, search persistence, and speed of reactions,” all of which are derived from prenatal exposure to testosterone.” -John Coates, University of Cambridge neuroscientist and former trader > Here’s a fascinating study to…Read More

Category: Markets, Psychology, Science, Trading

Orbiting Space Junk a Growing Danger

Space flight is a risky business, but the chance of a deadly collision is increasing due to a spreading canopy of junk that’s orbiting our planet. And the wreckage from a recent satellite collision is adding to the trash, making more collisions among spacecraft all but inevitable. WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz reports.


2/26/2009

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Source:
Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit
ROBERT LEE HOTZ
WSJ, FEBRUARY 26, 2009, 10:04 P.M. ET

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123568403874486701.html

Category: Science, Technology, Video