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Month: October 2006

Divining for water

Discovery of a groundwater aquifer makes the process of developing wastelands faster than with stored rain water. And since the cost of a dug well is high, a small fortune rides on getting the aquifer location right. In rural India, the task of identifying an adequate source of ground water to feed a well has…

Nature as a capitalist

Whether or not one likes it, capitalism has prevailed. In the 230 years since Adam Smith, capitalism has created sturdy institutions, converted many infidels, gone global and bound the world in a seemingly irreversible way. It’s a hard to beat the capitalist brotherhood. But the ‘capital’ in capitalism is money; it’s about investments, returns and…

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