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.