Ag & Industrial Minerals

Can’t Buy Me Bugs: A New Age of Negotiation

No amount of money can compensate for millions of dead insect species. Money can’t buy me love, pollination, honey, food, and complex, dynamic relationships among insects, plants, soil, greenhouse gases. When insect species disappear, the magical mystery Magicicada musical will be sile ...

Game-changing water solutions for the Middle East and North Africa

Women collecting water in  Al-Minsalah district, Haddjah province, Yemen. Photo: ECHO/T. Deherman Also available in  العربية The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has become a hotspot of unsustainable water use, with more than half of current water withdrawals in some countries exceedi ...

Middle Eastern barrels headed to LOOP as Dubai premium drops: In the LOOP

Four tankers are on their way to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, three likely carrying Iraqi crude and a fourth partly laden with unknown barrels, according to cFlow, Platts’ trade-flow software. The VLCC Sophia sailed from Iraq through the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar and is now set t ...

Tech Talk for Thursday November 16th 2017

Pre-opening Comments for Thursday November 16th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 9 points in pre-opening trade. Index futures were virtually unchanged following release of economic news at 8:30 AM EST. Consensus for Weekly Jobless Claims was 235,000 versus ...

Bitcoin brute-force validation: made for nuclear power and—in Ontario—re-regulation of electricity

I would have thought the hard economics of Bitcoin mining would pretty much instantly rule out of contention the politically correct renewable energy darlings wind and solar as viable sources of the computing power—i.e., electrical power—that underpins the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. Mine ...

Two Wins for Africa

Meet Emeka: Competition Winner, Changing Agriculture in Nigeria Ideas for Action (I4A) is an annual competition centered around financing sustainable development. It was launched in 2015 by the World Bank and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsy ...

Snap Inc. acquires Fund V portfolio co. Metamarkets

We’ve had a busy run of late on the portfolio M&A front.  Aquisio, RiskVision, and now San Francisco-based Metamarkets. Metamarkets provides an AI-based big data SaaS platform, delivering an analytics dashboard for programmatic ad marketplaces at large and medium sized organizations. The company ...

Iraqi crude exports fall on wide Dubai premium, fall turnarounds: In the LOOP

Imports of Iraqi crude oil to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port declined from September to October as US Gulf Coast refiners experienced fall turnaround season and as the Dubai/WTI spread remained historically wide. LOOP imported about 594,000 fewer barrels of Iraqi Basrah Light crude in October than ...

How Canadian homes became debt traps

(John Lund/Getty Images) In 1998, Ann bought a one-bedroom condo in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. Gainfully employed at a printing company, she found the monthly mortgage payments were within her budget (Ann and others quoted in this story asked that Maclean’s not use their full names). Th ...

121 Of The Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures Of All Time

For those who’ve been reading, we’ve had failure on the brain recently. Why? Partly because it’s a good counterbalance to the typical survivorship bias laden stories we read, and also because understanding failure is critical to the algorithms underlying our product. Some of the fail-related ...