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The Great Oil Game: Resource Crisis in Russia?

Complex structures, such as states and empires, are always prone to collapse and they usually give little or no previous warnings.

Saudi Arabia: The great oil game

 With the recent increase in Saudi production, it is clear that they have something in mind.

Climate change: can the Seneca effect save us?

A Seneca shaped production curve would considerably reduce the amount of fossil carbon that can be burned in the future.

What we can still learn from "Star Trek": a saga of harmony in diversity

A low budget TV series that influenced a whole generation. Cardboard models of spaceships, few and simple special effects, a small number of actors always engaged in the same mock-up of the command bridge of a starship. And, yet ...

How do Empires hunt bears? The control of natural resources from ancient Rome to our times

You probably know the joke that starts with the question "how do economists hunt bears?"

Farewell, Mr. Spock!

You showed us a future where science was respected by everyone, where logic was not in contrast with morality, and where diversity was not only accepted, but praised.

A Clash of Epistemologies: Why the Debate on Climate Change is Going Nowhere

A few weeks ago, someone barreled into the comment section of a post on climate change on the blog of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) with a series of attacks against climate science and climate scientists.

How Technological Progress can Generate a Faster Collapse

The collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery industry gives us a good example of the abrupt collapse in the production of resources - even resources which are theoretically renewable.

Fossil Fuels: Are we on the Edge of the Seneca Cliff?

It is a well known tenet of people working in system dynamics that there exist plenty of cases of solutions worsening the problem.

Renewable energy: does it need critically rare materials?

A recent study concludes that the problem of mineral availability for renewable energy technologies is not critical if we choose the right technologies and we are careful to recycle the materials used as much as possible.