Plans for wooden skyscraper in Tokyo

The latest thing fixating architects from around the world is timber. This is a very good thing; the further we can get from the notion that construction and sustainability are separate worlds, the better. Timber is the oldest and most sustainable building material we have.

Travelling higher with rope-less lifts

Property developers around the world are on course to build 187 towers soaring over 250 metres high over the next 2 years. This new generation of high rises is pushing innovative lift companies to the limits of technology with the major lift engineering companies, Kone, Thyssenkrupp and Otis Elevator pushing for a breakthrough in their search for a futuristic lift without height limits....

VIPKID and the Chinese tech giants

Chinese technology companies enjoy something of an unfair and discriminatory reputation in the West. China is seen by many as a place where imitation rules over innovation. The phrase “Made in China” summons up images of DVD players, mobile phones and toys produced on the cheap with brand names which are almost, but not quite, the same as the originals. The West is where things are invented; China is where they are assembled....

How can you invest responsibly?

There is something of a generational gap appearing in the world of investing. Older investors appear to see investing and social responsibility as separate things; younger investors do not. Given that the latest estimates suggest we are in the middle of the biggest wealth transfer in history....

The NRA and money in US politics

In America this week, there occurred the eighth school shooting of 2018. The National Rifle Association, a group dedicated to the advancement of gun owners and the use of firearms in the USA were again quick to jump to the defence of publicly owned firearms....

Take a trip through space in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang has found itself at the centre of a media storm as South Korea play host to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Battered by high winds and freezing temperatures, the county has provided an absorbing and challenging stage for participants....

Holidays on ice

Life can get busy sometimes, and millions of people every year spend time, effort and money going on holiday all over the world. Tropical islands, historic cities and camping trips in the countryside are all classics – but what if you want to go somewhere a bit different? A trip to the Arctic Circle might be perfect for you....

A full-fibre future?

There is no question as to the importance of digital in our world. Across the globe we are making huge strides when it comes to technology, with many key sectors relying on high-tech improvements to power them into the next decade. But the increased use of technology means that we also require development in infrastructure to support this future....

Nature finds a way

It takes two to tango is a popular term often used to describe the basic requirements for procreation, one cannot exist without the other.  The mutated marbled crayfish however, a new all-female species, is currently expanding at an expeditious rate having found a way to independently reproduce creating hundreds of eggs at a time....

Iceland's tourism boom

In 2016 around 1.7 million visitors arrived in Iceland, more than triple the amount of people that visited in 2010. With an ever-growing cast of tourists in the country, Iceland’s geothermic hot pools are now amongst the must-see attractions on traveller itineraries, but nobody expected Iceland to experience such an astonishing tourism boom....

Streets are getting smarter

The so-called ‘Internet of Things’ has been gaining a lot of momentum over the past decade. Integrating online features into everyday items has the potential to transform our society – even though it is sometimes added in seemingly pointless ways such as kettles which are connected to WiFi....

Bill Gates’ ‘Super Cow’

Most well-known for co-founding software and computer giant Microsoft, Bill Gates is undoubtedly one of the most successful men of our time. Now, having conquered the digital world, Gates is turning his interest instead to the physical world and how he can help improve the future of the planet....

Are means tested benefits pointless?

In an article for The Independent, Sam Osborne revealed that the government has increased the amount it pays to outsourcers who administer disability assessments by £40 million per year, taking the total yearly output to £295 million per year....

Kodak delays KodakCoin initial offering

The value of shares in Eastman Kodak have started to decline following the company’s announcement its initial coin offering has been hampered by delays. Having announced the launch at the CES technology trade fair, Kodak claim to have attracted over 40,000 potential investors....

Cranespotting

New research from Deloitte Real Estate’s Manchester Crane Survey has revealed that Manchester is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, with construction beginning on 20 new schemes in 2017 and work rate on residential developments 60% higher than the year before....