Gates Foundation announces its desire to eradicate polio. Sounds just as good as all of their other announcements!
NIMBY comes to our smart meters.
South Africa is an interesting picture into emerging markets worldwide (first trade surplus since 2003):
The rapid growth in exports over the year is largely due to strong global demand for South African commodities. Exports of gold, precious stones, metals and minerals made up the bulk of the trade surplus.
Imports, meanwhile, continue to consist largely of manufactured goods. South African demand for foreign machinery and appliances, textiles and transport equipment has been particularly strong.
While Asia accounts for much of the growth in export demand, South Africa continues to run a huge trade deficit with the region, mostly fuelled by cheap Chinese manufactures. This reached 2.1bn rand ($0.3bn) in December.
More details in the Kabul Bank collapse.
Thought this debate raised some good points:
Considerations on density and productivity.