It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
American R&D for Japanese Profit
Finally! Commercial Development of Unmanned, Solar-Powered Flying Wing
... with a little $help from our friends.
Remember - fifteen years ago! - When you first saw this beast?
Now this amazing feat of aeronautical engineering is going to be developed further and become a spot so high in the sky you'll hardly ever see it. It can be a "flying cell tower" to bring telecom to emergency zones (It would have been a life saver over Puerto Rico). TV can be transmitted from it. Photo surveys over vast areas can be done. It can fly for weeks... maybe more!
And it's now 95% owned by a huge Japanese telecom company,SoftBank Corp.
The American entrepreneurs (Monrovia, CA) who developed these flying wonders for NASA couldn't find an American partner, so the biggest (by far) Japanese telecom company is starting a dual venture with American company Aerovironment to utilize these mostly solar (some hybrid with fuel cell) platforms.
I wish (silly me) that these folks could find non-military partner in the U.S. (They sell lots of stuff to the Pentagon).
How-some-ever... I am thrilled that this marvelous, non-polluting, super efficient technology is going to find its place serving mankind.
Read about the deal here. And here. (I haven't seen squat about it in the MSM.)
"Over the Line""Well, it's kind of newsworthy.""You have a strange mind, Duff.""I hear the biome has a lot of control over your sex drive.""Gross.""Well, it's a big medical discovery, all that.""I'm going to talk to mine like you talk to a baby in your belly."(Some comments from early readers who could actually think of something to say.)
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Science Fiction has no fear. It treads on subjects you might think odd to be trod. But I am just super impressed with the tidal wave of discoveries about MICROBIOMES. Everybody and pretty much every living thing has a microbiome. They are vital to healthy life... heck, to life itself!
A lot of people I talk to completely underestimate the human microbiome. There's a chance I overestimate it, but I think not. In and on your body there i…
Way to Go, California At last, a governing person who hates bots as much as I do! California state Senator Robert M. Hertzberg Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how? Bots are the body lice of the Internet. Bots are stealth brain boring parasites. Bots are the pliers and screwdrivers in the Devil's workshop. Other than those, my opinions about bots are neutral.
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"Biotech*," the Growth Wing of Pharma Didn't know that? The Chinese certainly do Some headlines and paragraphs spelling it out
Money is rushing into biotech at breakneck speed this year, and one part of the globe is accounting for much of the uptick: China. VC deals were teeming with Chinese investors in the first half of the year, with China-based firms participating in US biotech investment rounds worth $5.1 billion, according to data from PitchBook. For some perspective, that beats 2017's total figure of $4 billion — and we're only six months into the year. ENDPOINTS NEWS**
Chinese funds participated in investment rounds in US biotech companies worth $5.1bn in the first half of this year, beating the $4bn in 2017, the first year of large Chinese inflows into the sector, according to PitchBook.→ Financial Times🔐
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on the prowl for acquisitions in US and Europe The Chinese pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research centre in San Diego and acq…