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It looks like the glaciers are melting at a greater speed than predicted. While we’re all doing our bit to fight global warming, my hunch is that it’s up to the geoengineering squad to come up with a solution that will ease up the future rise in the sea levels.

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Fact: four out of the six billion people on Earth now own a cell phone.

Advantages: particularly in developing countries cell phones enable commerce, banking, war waging, communication (where it was previously impossible), democracy and free speech.

Question: Will social habits in third world countries change as a result?

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Daryl Bem of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has finally managed to scientifically prove the existence of precognition after eight years of experiments involving more than 1000 volunteers.

I know most of us find it rather a sci-fi topic, however I’m sure everyone has experienced at least once such a case; thinking of a friend and then receiving a call from him/her a few minutes later, dying for a cigarette with no money on you and then finding a pack on tube stairs. These things happen and it’s all a bit too impressive to call them coincidences.

Experts have greatly debated that future sight truly exists but now thorough experiments and data collection has made it possible for such a claim to be approved by the toughest sceptics. Dem’s paper will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology before the end of the year

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Remember the old scandals with workers from third world countries being exploited at the benefit of multinationals? Well, the story is back and this time it involves something very dear to our hearts and tastes – the all time favourite chocolate.

African farmers are becoming less and less interested in investing pain staking work in harvesting and  replanting trees (which involves three to five years of grooming and patience), while future generations seem more keen on moving to city life rather than earning 2p out of the £1 bar.

Despite other cocoa crops in South America and Asia, it is estimated that they won’t be able to supply the world’s choc hunger so it looks like in 20 years time we’ll be likely to pay around £7 per bar. Plans to prevent this unfortunate situation are under development, however this calls for another alarm regarding our consumption habits and the whole production/consumption balance.

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Following the biggest offshore oil spill earlier this year, oil moguls have restarted pushing for their slot in the Arctic Ocean drilling raffle. Pew Trust recently released a report expressing their concern with the risks that the Arctic is facing in case of a similar unfortunate event as the one in the Gulf of Mexico.

Already an unstable ecological system and with far less possibilities to reabilitate a possible spill, it looks rather like a risk not taking. Perhaps the lobbying battle should be fought on the research field for clean energy, in an attempt to decrease the ever growing crave for oil. I guess it’s up for the geoengineering experts to stand as pawns on this chess table.

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