Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

is a book by academic and popular science author Jared Diamond, in which Diamond first defines collapse:   "a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/economic/social complexity, over a considerable area, for an extended time."  He then reviews the causes of historical and pre-historical instances of societal collapse — particularly those involving significant influences from environmental changes, the effects of climate change, hostile neighbors, trade partners, and the society's response to the foregoing four challenges— and considers the success or failure different societies have had in coping with such threats.  

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Professor Stephen Hawking 1942-2018            

Friends and colleagues from the University of Cambridge have paid tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking, who died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76. 

“I want to share my excitement and enthusiasm about this quest. So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

[© 2018 University of Cambridge]

'I don't want to go'

Dying woman Holly Butcher’s final words go viral because of her heartbreaking advice for all [By The Sun By Kat Romero 8th January 2018]

These microscopic tubes may one day help turn seawater to drinking water

Six times faster than natural proteins ... Scientists have created tiny carbon nanotubes that can filter water very efficiently. The idea for the nanotubes came from natural proteins called aquaporins, says study co-author Aleksandr Noy, an associate adjunct professor at the University of California Merced.

[By  Alessandra Potenza  The Verge Aug 24, 2017]

Fisker patents radical 'solid state battery' it claims can power a car for 500 miles and recharge in a MINUTE

The new battery uses a three-dimensional structure to increase surface area [By Cheyenne Macdonald For 15 November 2017]

Continental capitalizes in solid-state batteries

Its production may start by the end of 2024 or early 2025. The project needs a heavy investment of 3 billion euros that would supply 500,000 electric cars in a year. [By The Folk Journal November 15, 2017 John Conn]

Energy Union: Commission takes action to reinforce EU's global leadership in clean vehicles

The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles. [By European Commission, Climate Action 8/11/2017]

Emissionsfreie E-Autos gibt es gar nicht 

"Es besteht ein dringender Anlass, Größe und Gewicht von Personenfahrzeugen zu begrenzen oder wenigstens zu besteuern." By[Zeit Online von Dirk Asendorpf  4. November 2017] Download  der Stellungnahme von 15 Verkehrsprofessoren im Rentenalter.

Jaguar converts 1960's iconic E-type model into an electric car

In light of the redefined motto recently adopted by Jaguar, of electrifying all of its cars from 2020 onward, it has revealed an all-electric automobile inspired by its sleek E-type straight from the 60s.[By The Express Tribune Technology Wednesday, 01 Nov 2017]