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Miracle graphene product shows problems with patents

You may have read about the latest miracle product – graphene. The scientists who have done the most celebrated work on this are Andre Geim, a Russian born British/Dutch scientist, and Sir Konstantin Sergeevich “Kostya” Novose, a Russian/British scientist – both from the University of Manchester. Although they won the Nobel Prize for their work in 2010, the media bandwagon has only just taken off.

So what is grapheme? Mr Geim told ‘Nature’: “It’s the thinnest possible material you can imagine. It also has the largest surface-to-weight ratio: with one gram...Read More

Average wages lag even further behind inflation

There is one snag with the argument that QE is set to unleash inflation, and there is one snag with the argument that today’s woes are caused by debt.

In fact the snag may be the same with both arguments, and the snag is that both arguments are probably wrong.

Certainly those who draw...Read More

Posted Jan 24, 2013

The molecule that makes molecules and three stages of Darwinian evolution

James Martin is one of those futurologists. In his book ‘The meaning of the 21st Century” (a very good book it is too, if you are interested in that sort of thing), he suggested that there are three stages of Darwinian evolution.

Stage one is ‘primary evolution’: the evolutionary process described...Read More

Posted Jan 22, 2013

The one trillion dollar coin and the conspiracy theory of wicked banks

Germany’s head central banker calls it the work of the devil. Last year, Jens Weidmann, Germany’s answer to Mervyn King, told a story from ‘Faust’. A king is running out of money, and the devil disguised as fool persuades him to solve his problem by printing new money. The result was...Read More

Posted Jan 08, 2013

The UK’s downturn goes on and on

Let’s define a downturn as the period of time that GDP has been below peak. GDP peaked in early 2008, but here we are in 2013 and still the UK economy is smaller than it was some five years ago; in fact it is about four per cent...Read More

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Japan moves to stage two, as its economic plight reaches decade number three. Will UK follow in Japan’s footsteps?

The thing about Japan is that it may have high debts – very high debts actually – but it has lots of savings too.

It’s classic stuff. Households saved rather a lot. This meant lack of demand across the economy, and the economy played with recession for nigh on two decades....Read More

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Germany looks to China, but in the UK the china looks broken

In November, UK exports to Ireland were worth £1.45 billion. We sold £2.09 billion worth of stuff to the Netherlands, £1.785 billion to France, and £1.21 billion to Belgium/Luxembourg.

In short, UK exports to its nearest neighbours were worth around six and a half billion pounds in November.

Exports to China were...Read More

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Forecasts for 2013, the economy, zombies and technology

So what do you think will happen in 2013?

Setting aside Galbraith’s comment about the only redeemable benefit of economic forecasting being that it makes astrology look respectable, here are some thoughts for you to ponder.

Zombies may be in the news in the summer. A new film is coming out called World...Read More

Posted Jan 02, 2013

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