Visions of the future are often constrained by familiarity with the present or reflection on the past. Project Utopia, a collaboration between Yacht Island Design and BMT Nigel Gee, is an avant-garde vision of a future concept free from such restricted thought.

Project Utopia: A Magnificent Luxury Island Yacht

Utopia is a futuristic concept yacht, meant to break all stereotypes about naval architecture and the purpose of yachts. Setting aside all conventional constraints, the project unveils a unique shape of a structure that is not meant for transportation, but rather for living and enjoying the good life. The yacht design director at BMT Nigel Gee, James Roy, talks about Utopia: “the perception that a yacht should be a form of transport becomes an immediate constraint. Utopia is not an object to travel in, it is a place to be, an island established for anyone who has the vision to create such a place.”

US factories begin to fire up again

Reports show that manufacturing could be migrating from China to the U.S.

Due to a number of factors, including rising wages for Chinese workers, manufacturing jobs could be returning from China to the United States, according to recent reports.

Sudan to block oil pipeline if south will not pay

« Sudan halts oil exports » of South Sudan

It started as an impasse between Sudan and South Sudan over oil transit fees and ended with the shutdown of South Sudan’s oil production, halting crude oil exports from Bashayer Terminal: exports of Sudanese crude oil, which in the first quarter of 2012 reached only a third of 2010 levels …

Likely Scenarios for Israeli Attack Against Iran

Disruptive Thinkers: The Disruptive Poets Society

“How The Dead Poets Society Advocated Disruptive Thinkers, Why DoD Shouldn’t Encourage More Disruptive Thinkers, and 10 Principles for Those That do Think Disruptively.”

Illustration of Agni V long-range missile India is to test Wednesday. With map showing range and table on Agni missile series.

India is set to join an elite club of nations possessing the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as nuclear capable Agni-V missile is due to be launched from the Wheeler Island off the Orissa Coast on Wednesday. 

Agni-V to be test fired today

Taking a major leap forward in missile technology and military deterrent capability, India is all set to test fire its 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V today from a test range off the coast of Odisha. The test fire of the missile will be conducted from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. 

DRDO Chief V K Saraswat had recently said the missile is being integrated at various facilities for the test launch which will be witnessed by military officials and other agencies which participated in its development.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and chinese President Hu Jintao

YPF dispute: Argentina runs the risk of becoming an ‘international pariah” warns Spain

Spanish officials warned Argentina on Friday that the country risks becoming “an international pariah” if it follows through on its threats to take control of Spanish-owned energy company Repsol’s majority stake in its YPF unit.

ADB Trims Indonesia’s 2012 Economic Growth Forecast

The Asian Development Bank cut its economic growth forecast for Indonesia this year to reflect slowing export growth. Manila-based ADB, whose mission is to promote growth and alleviate poverty in the region, sliced Indonesia’s economic growth outlook by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.4 percent. It made the original forecast, 6.5 percent, in November 2011.

Bo Xilai case shows limits of ‘guanxi’: too-close connections with locals can be risky for foreigners doing business in China.

Chinese premier demands stronger anti-corruption efforts amid scandal over Politburo member

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is demanding tougher anti-corruption efforts amid a huge political scandal over a now-suspended Politburo member whose wife has been named a suspect in the murder of a British businessman.

Blueseed’s visa-free, ship-based startup community (artist’s rendering) would let foreign entrepreneurs quickly ferry to nearby Silicon Valley.

Visa free offshore nation: business incubator approach

Entrepreneurs plan to anchor a floating tech startup incubator in international waters outside Silicon Valley next year. The venture, Blueseed, at, would allow foreign techies to legally work on the vessel, near Silicon Valley, without work visas that can be hard — or impossible — to obtain.

India vs China: Inclusive vs Extractive

Extractive political institutions (autocracy and empire) lead to extractive economies benefiting elites, and cannot create general prosperity save for limited periods. Inclusive political institutions (democracy, rule of law and rights for all) create inclusive economic regimes with opportunity for all, leading ultimately to prosperity. Inclusive institutions lead to creative destruction, which is essential for sustained prosperity but threatens extractive regimes, and is typically sabotaged by them. Only politically-free regimes will ultimately allow creative destruction. This is why some nations fail and others succeed.

India’s trade deficit widens on crude import bill

India’s trade deficit has surged to a whopping $185 billion for the financial year ended March 31, 2012 due to skyrocketing crude oil prices in the international market and this is expected to keep the rupee under pressure.

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