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Song of ice and fire

Geothermal energy is based on an alluring idea: that the earth’s crust maintains a constant heat generated by the fiery molten core, 4000 miles below.  Three or four miles from the surface, this heat might... Read more
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Anaerobic digestion revisited

Following Rockfire’s earlier study of food waste, it is heartening to see that Oxford-based Agrivert has been forging ahead with the completion of anaerobic digestion plants in South Wales and North London. [1]   These two... Read more
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The drone dilemma

Just in time for Christmas, a ripple of delivery excitement is moving through the e-commerce market.  Amazon has made Richard B. of Cambridgeshire a happy man by dropping his online purchase on his lawn within... Read more
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The year of the U-turn

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May,  has made quite a number of U-turns since she took office: grammar schools, workers on boards and registers of foreign workers are just three of the areas where she has... Read more
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Old gold

In a world in which a 90 year old widower goes to work in a Devon café because he is bored at home [1], it is undeniable that we are living longer.  Not everyone, however,... Read more
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Safely curious

In a recent post, Rockfire examined new developments in the world of online education and mentioned Azoomee, the latest start-up from the entrepreneurial team that brought us renewable resource, Clean Energy Pipeline. Both Azoomee and... Read more
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Donald denies

On a day when scandal-rocked Sports Direct reported plummeting profits in the same breath as an order for a new corporate aeroplane, it was tempting, yesterday, to cast Donald Trump as a paragon of economic... Read more
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Space Travel

Followers of Richard Branson and Elon Musk are fully aware of their efforts to take commercial flights into space. Virgin Galactic completed its first successful solo glide above the Mojave desert this week, the first... Read more
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Commercial property looking for investors

Mixed messages from the commercial property market.  In the same day that the Bank of England and Savills report declining interest from foreign investors in the UK market for office, retail and industrial space,[1], Northern... Read more
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More Investment Needed in Security

Since Rockfire last reported on cyber security, 26,500 National Lottery accounts have been accessed by ‘credential stuffing’. [1] This involves the copying and pasting of usernames and associated passwords from one system to another.  Since... Read more