Are intelligent solar roads a near-future reality?

In short, this is a technology that could potentially replace all roads, parking lots, sidewalks, bike paths, recreational areas and anywhere that currently uses standard tarmac. It could even create a system of sustainable energy for entire countries. In reality, it’s more likely to be used — at least for now — by private individuals…

Nifty Scent

Olivier Polge, one of the top “noses” in the business, and the art of creating fragrances. There’s a theory that if you want to seduce a woman, then wear the aftershave her father wore when she was young. The thinking is based upon smell being one of the greatest triggers for memory and how the…

The Smarter Cut

Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO OF Zegna group on the ethos of a classic Italian Brand. Here’s something you may not know. Tom Ford suits are actually made by Zegna. The Italian brand has been making them since 2006 and when the deal was initially struck, Ermenegildo Zegna tellingly described this as collaboration between “the unique creativity…

Striving for Sophistication

Stephen Forsey, co-founder of Greubel Forsey discusses tourbillons, upholding tradition and competing as one of the smaller watchmakers. So what is the benefit of more than one tourbillon in a watch? One tourbillon was designed for the pocket watch, so the idea is like if you are driving in your car and you got a…

Has China really bought five percent of Ukraine?

[For Esquire Magazine, November 2013] It appears so. It’s an utterly staggering fact, but it represents an escalation in the ongoing land-grab for food resources. Two Chinese state-owned firms will take over Ukrainian land in the eastern Dniepropetrovsk region and use it to grow crops (and raise pigs) for use back in China. The deal…

The Future for Television

Antonio Campo Dall’ Orto, Executive Vice President of MTV Networks International on rebranding the station for a new generation. As told to Matt Pomroy People ask me, “Why does MTV play so little music these days?” And yes, it’s only about forty-five hours per week. But although music remains at the heart of the channel,…

How much gold is there in the world?

The truth is, we don’t know. At least, not to any great degree of accuracy, which is odd given how it plays a big part in the global economy. Thomson Reuters GFMS (Gold Fields Mineral Services) produces an annual gold survey that is used by global investors to gauge such things. The GFMS says there…

Why are Gulf States buying land in Africa?

Wealthy Gulf countries and private companies alike have been buying up land in Africa for their own strategic purposes. The driving force behind this move is the need for “food security” in a world where competition for food is increasing as populations grow. The Gulf imports 85 percent of its basic food requirements and accordingly,…