The largest factory in the world



Now that China is nearing its goal—in about 15 years China’s middle class will outnumber the entire population of the United States—it has an excess of steel and is exporting that excess at lower prices to other countries creating stiff competition across the globe. For instance, the ISSB reports that from 2013 to 2014 China increased its steel exports by 53% from 57.9 million to 88.6 million tonnes while the United States saw a 5% drop in its steel exports.

With the United States so obsessed to be #1 in everything—except for reducing the poverty rate—its capitalist oligarchs must be obsessively stressed out and worried that they are going to lose their Imperial crowns.

How to Get Money from Rubbish?


29 December 2012 Last updated at 09:52 GMT

An orchestra of young musicians from a Paraguayan slum has been touring South America, using instruments constructed entirely from recycled materials.

They pulled them from the rubbish dump around their homes.

Russell Trott reports.

Revolutionary New Technology



Creating Solar Energy With Nanoparticles (via redOrbit)

Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. Details of the solar…

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Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.


15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

How the ITU could put the internet behind closed doors.


English: 100 years International Telecommunica...

English: 100 years International Telecommunication Union Deutsch: 100 Jahre Internationale Fernmeldeunion :*Graphics by Lichtwitz :*Ausgabepreis: 40 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 17. Mai 1965 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 476 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We love the internet.

And we’re guessing you do too. Think about all the awesome things it gives us: A vast communication network; innovative businesses; a platform to freely speak or challenge powerful governments; and hundreds and hundreds of hours of cat videos.

All this great stuff is available because the internet was designed in an open and inclusive way, with a multitude of voices being able to get a say on how it’s governed.

But the internet is in danger.

There’s a meeting between the world’s governments in a just a few weeks, and it could very well decide the future of the internet through a binding international treaty. It’s called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), and it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).