Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM EST, Tuesday, September 11, 2007: Six
years after that horrific event. Time to ponder our good fortune. All the ominous
forecasts of dirty nuclear bombs in New York City subways have come to naught.
People still live here, still enjoy the city. Real estate prices are way up.
And my out-of-town friends think I'm less crazy for living here. Some have even
overcome their fear and come to visit our museums and theaters.
The BIG news is
that technology continues its vaunted explosion, conferring benefits on us all
in the way of gloriously wonderful products to buy and neat companies to invest
in. Google wasn't even public in 2001. Its IPO was August 19, 2004.
This week's Economist
has its technology quarterly, which, as usual, is worth devouring. The cover
story is the comeback of nuclear power.
My friend likes
Uranium Resources (URRE). I prefer some of the Australian companies, including
Metex Resource (MEE). The Economist's Technology Quarterly has stories
* Free-space optics.
Sending information through the air.
light. Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly light bulb that
uses very little energy and should never need changing.
* Old clean coal.
Using photosynthesis to capture exhaust gases from power plants could reduce
the emissions produced by coal-fired stations.
* Sea change.
Offshore technology: Rising costs and clever kit are transforming the oil platformand
could even do away with it altogether
* Piecing history
together. The German Democratic Republic bequeathed a 600m-piece puzzle to the
reunified country. It is about to be solved using software
* What is this
that roareth thus? he untold story of a failed attempt to introduce electric
buses in London a century ago offers a cautionary technological tale.
* A plane that
thinks it's a boat. After a long gestation, ground-effect vehicles that fly
on cushions of air could finally be ready for take-off
* A car that runs
on water. Would you pay $85,000 for a car you could take into the ocean?
* The ultimate
game gear. New furniture, controllers and screens are helping to make video
games even more immersive and realistic
* Zap! You're
not dead. Medicine: A new approach to proton-beam radiotherapy, which allows
treatment to be precisely targeted, could make it more widely available.
* Hearts and minds.
A new device detects heartbeats and brain activity at a distance, doing away
with uncomfortable electrodes
* Health 2.0.
Technology and society: Is the outbreak of cancer videos, bulimia blogs and
other forms of user generated medical information a healthy trend?
* The world on
your desktop. As the Internet becomes intertwined with the real world, the resulting
geoweb has many uses.
* The trouble
with computers. They may be powerful, but computers could still be easier to
use. Might new forms of interface help?
* Nuclear dawn.
Attitudes to nuclear power are shifting in response to climate change and fears
over the security of the supply of fossil fuels. The technology of nuclear power
has been changing, too
* A patent improvement.
Intellectual property: A new scheme will solicit comments via the Internet to
improve the vetting of patent applications
* Borrowing from
nature. Clean technology: Architects believe that biologically inspired designs
can help to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.
* Ideas worth
stealing: Grimshaw's proposed indoor rainforest.
Pick up a copy
of the Economist on your local newsstand. It remains my favorite magazine.
the 60s to Your 60s. This is perfectly wonderful for those of us
who were there.
THEN: Long Hair
NOW: Longing for hair.
THEN: The perfect
NOW: The perfect high-yield mutual fund.
THEN: Acid Rock.
NOW: Acid Reflux.
THEN: Moving to
California because it's cool.
NOW: Moving to California because it's warm.
THEN: You're growing
NOW: Your growing pot.
THEN: Trying to
look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor.
NOW: Trying not to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor
THEN: Seeds and
pills, smoking joints.
NOW: Popping joints.
THEN: Being caught
with Hustler magazine.
NOW: Being caught with Hustler magazine.
THEN: Killer weed.
NOW: Weed killer.
out to a new, hip joint.
NOW: Getting a new hip joint.
NOW: Kidney stones.
THEN: Being called
into the principal's office.
NOW: Calling the principal's office.
THEN: Peace sign.
NOW: Mercedes logo.
begging you to get your hair cut.
NOW: Children begging you to get their heads shaved.
THEN: Take acid.
NOW: Take antacid.
the driver's test.
NOW: Passing the vision test.
This column is about my personal search
for the perfect investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have
to be registered with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter
and an investor. I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available
for three reasons: Writing is good for sorting things out in my brain. Second,
the column is research for a book I'm writing called "In Search of the
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