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About James Ayre

James Ayre James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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Robert Bosch Venture Capital Ups Stake In Allegro.AI

May 4th, 2018 | by James Ayre

The corporate venture capital arm of the Bosch group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, has announced that it has increased its financial stake in the Israel-based startup Allegro.AI, a firm focused on AI deep learning in relation and as applied to computer vision tech


Australia Now Aiming For 100% Recycled Packaging By 2025, Following China’s Decision To Stop Accepting Waste Exports

April 30th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Following from the recent decision by the government of China to ban the import of most foreign waste materials (recycling, etc.), Australia's environment minister has now announced that the company will be investing a significant amount of money into the creation of new trash incineration facilities, and also aiming for all packaging materials to be 100% recycled by 2025.


Solar Ponds — Large Passive Solar Heat Collectors Relying On Brines (Used To Generate Electricity)

April 29th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Solar ponds are a type of passive solar energy technology whereby pools of saltwater are used to collect and store solar thermal energy — making use of the natural formation of a salinity gradient in such bodies of water, whereby heat isn't easily transferred between a high-salinity layer at the bottom of the body of water in question and a low-salinity layer on top


Much Of Tesla’s Stock Is Held By Institutional Investors. Why Do Short Sellers Claim Otherwise?

April 29th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Many of the talking points used by those short selling Tesla's stock revolve around the idea that the company's stock is largely held by individual investors who don't understand that the company: is (permanently apparently) on the verge of collapse; is actually in need of funding that it says it doesn't need; and/or doesn't make the margins on the cars it sells that it reports it does


Solar Walls, Trombe Walls, & Passive Solar Heating 101

April 28th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Solar walls, glazed solar collectors, and so-called Trombe walls are all different types of passive solar heating technologies based around the use of materials meant to absorb solar radiation (generally, dark-colored materials since dark colors absorb the heat better) and thermal mass. The end goal is to provide space heating, and often ventilation as well


Yakhchāls, Āb Anbārs, & Wind Catchers — Passive Cooling & Refrigeration Technologies Of Greater Iran (Persia)

April 28th, 2018 | by James Ayre

If you were indoctrinated into the western public education system anytime over the last few centuries, then you likely learned all about all of the amazing "inventions" that originated in Europe over the last half-millennia. If you later went on to give yourself an actual education, then you learned that much of what you were taught was bunk or propaganda


The Link Between Climate Change & Invasive Species Pest Plagues

April 28th, 2018 | by James Ayre

With increased global trade, the spread of so-called invasive pest species has increased greatly over the last few hundred years. While long-distance trade has long been a feature of civilizations and cultures the world over, something that has changed somewhat in recent times has been the cheapness and speed at which it can occur -- a situation that is almost entirely due the exploitation of fossil fuel reserves (and before that unsustainable deforestation of very old-growth tree stands)



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