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Italy plans on building a 200ft tall statue of Padre Pio, a religious heavyweight canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. This isn’t that spectacular in itself, but what makes this statue a little more green than most in the vast papal realm, is the fact that it will have magical, god-like energy producing powers.

“The statue will be coated in a special photovoltaic paint which will enable it to trap the sun’s heat and produce solar energy, making it an “ecological” religious icon.”

I’m sure he could have done more, I say.  {insert sarcasm here}

by Mike Randall Brand Futurist The Republik Captain Strategic Ops

Photo Credit: Unknown – Licensed CC-BY-NC-SA


Finally, a Contest that Means Something

InnoCentive, a company that taps the world’s population for answers to specific problems, has thrived on what is being known as “crowd sourcing.” Crowd sourcing is asking a crowd (in this case the world) as question, and then reaping the benefits from the best answers. Averaging about one problem per business day, the results have solved issues from a solar approach to mosquito management to transportation efficiency. There are financial benefits to being the best nerd in the room too, proving that all good ideas are not free.

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Our challenge to you: Produce the star trek transport device.

by Robert Shaw West Brand Futurist The Republik Companies Chairman/CEO

Photo Credit: © InnoCentive, Inc.


Mini Nuclear Reactors Could Power America

Hyperion Power Generation

Hyperion Power Generation, a small Santa Fe, N.M. – based startup, prepares to build and market small, self-contained, portable nuclear reactors that need almost no oversight or maintenance. “Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world,” Hyperion CEO John Deal told Britain’s Observer newspaper.

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Do You Want A Nuclear Hot Tub In Your Backyard?

by Mike Randall Brand Futurist The Republik Captain Strategic Ops

Photo Credit: © Hyperion Power Generation | Gen4 Energy, Inc.


LED light bulbs that look like regular light bulbs, screw into regular light bulb sockets and last a gazillion times longer. Sound too good to be true? It’s true. But it’s gonna cost ya.

“Regular light bulbs last up to 3,000 hours. This new LED light bulb lasts about 50,000. Who do I write the check out to?”

by Mike Randall Brand Futurist The Republik Captain Strategic Ops


Windmills can generate 80% of home’s electricity.

Wind is a wonderfully renewable source of energy, but until now ordinary consumers who wanted to live off of — or contribute to — the electrical grid had no way to capture it. That’s where the Skystream 3.7 comes in. It’s a wind turbine designed especially for home use. Installed on a 35-ft. tower, it connects to standard utility hookups and starts turning in breezes as low as 8 m.p.h. It can provide up to 80% of the average household’s electricity and shave $600 or more off annual utility costs.

Inventor: Southwest Wind Power
Availability: Now; about $10,000, including installation

To learn more visit the Southwest Wind Power website

by Jacqueline Stevenson Brand Futurist The Republik Corporal Strategic Ops

Photo Credit: © Southwest Wind Power