• The Word On Energy: The good news is that energy prices are low. The uncertain news is that they might not stay that way. 

  • Plant Power: Purpurin, an extract of the madder root that has been used as a red dye for millennia, may become a substitute for cobalt in lithium-ion batteries.  

  • Credit Driven Consumption On The Wane?: In the late 1990s, the over-extension of consumer credit helped sink the economies of the so-called Asian Tigers. It now threatens to do the same in the BRICS economies.

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