Geoengineering is defined as the intentional, large-scale modification of the global environment...and here are 10 ambitious ideas from ocean seeding to cloud seeding to space mirrors to try and counter global warming....the ideas may be zany or innovative depending on where you sit.
During his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel highlighted the grids and compute power behind the CERN Large Hadron Collider - expected to be the world's largest and highest energy
Paul called it "the largest science project in the world" and the computing power is mind boggling. At peak, it will need 100,000 cores to process all the mathematical computations. Expected to generate 15 petabytes of data a year - 1% of all information generated on the planet. Will need to support 8,000 physicists in 60 countries who will use the data for their own experiments.
Check out more details in the video of Paul's speech starting around 46.57 and going about 6 minutes.
"Nigeria has some pretty practical goals. It isn't looking to land
humans on asteroids nor does it want to hunt for water on Mars or take
snapshots of Saturn's rings—all those missions are luxuries, Boroffice
says. Nigeria's goal is to use space technology to address problems
here on earth, and, yes, to make money off it. With the help of China,
it recently launched its first communication satellite. The plan is to
rent out some of the bandwidth to private telecommunications companies...More clear cut are the benefits of the nation's earth
observation satellite (launched in 2003 with the help of British
company Surrey Satellites). It's monitoring things like crop health and
desert encroachment, which is in turn boosting the nation's food
supply. Boroffice told me that thanks to the earth-observation
satellite Nigeria has had more success growing its staple crop, a root
tuber that Nigerians use to make tapioca, among other things..."
It started with a comment on my Deal Architect blog. From someone titled CEO of North Pole Inc. Bah humbug, I said. Somebody thinks he is Paul Giamatti.
I was about to delete as spam, but as I do when a comment seems at least somewhat plausible (or written by elves), I sent an email to the commenter.
If he responded....
...well, I''ll be...he did respond. And he has a blog!!
Dear Vinnie -
It is interesting that you ask about how many orders we are receiving online... actually less than 2% of my orders come in online. Another 1% or so come via email. The vast majority of requests are still delivered by mail or in person when I'm making mall visits. The overhead is amazing for processing these requests manually; however, I am a little bit of a traditionalist and I still enjoy receiving the old-fashioned written letter. Our projections show that we have another 6 to 8 years before the volumes become so high that we will have to require online submissions.
In terms of the blog, this is my 3rd season of blogging. We haven't really put any marketing dollars behind it. It has all been word-of-mouth driven. During the off-season, I averaged about 10 readers a day... but I only update my posts once a month. As we have entered into November the numbers have jumped to 250-275 readers each day. From the best I can tell, I have a "regular" reader base of about 1,500 in 67 countries representing 6 continents. Given that I serve a global consumer base of 100s of millions, not exactly the strongest online presence. But we are working on that... possibly acquiring our own domain name next year and putting some marketing dollars behind the site.
InsideCRM catalogs some of the biggest VC writeoffs in the last decade.
In meantime, one of the Valley's storied firms, Kleiner Perkins has been diversifying out of information technology into green initiatives. In an article on Veep and now Nobel Prize Winner, Al Gore joining the firm, is a listing of the firm's green investments in startups innovating in solar, bio-fuel, CO2 reduction to microbes.
Finally, Fortune has an article on the entrepreneurs who founded PayPal (later sold to eBay) who have gone on to incubate and fund some of the hottest web 2.0 properties today. Different kind of angels and VCs.