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No Exit: The Challenges to Space Colonization Ed Tenner 10/24/2014
With negative consequences ranging from retinal and brain damage to carbon emissions, mass space travel is likely a long, long way off.
Government Sponsors Truthy Study of Twitter Babette Boliek 10/21/2014
The debate over the National Science Foundation study of Twitter is getting off track. The sole issue at stake is whether it is appropriate for the government to fund Truthy — no matter how worthwhile it may be.
Why Privilege Nonprofits? Arnold Kling 10/17/2014
People on the right view nonprofits as a civil-society bulwark against big government. People on the left think that profit is inherently bad, and therefore they view nonprofits as inherently good. Both views can be questioned.
Chinese Check: Forging New Identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan Michael Mazza 10/14/2014
In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.
The Origins and Traditions of Columbus Day Amy Kass and Leon Kass 10/10/2014
Columbus Day is a most unusual American holiday and has become a day 'to celebrate not only an intrepid searcher but the dreams and opportunities that brought so many here after him.'
Do the Locomotive Vaclav Smil 10/04/2014
Fifty years after the first rapid train began its scheduled service, this comfortable, safe, and efficient mode of transport still has not caught on in North America.
Will Venture Capitalists Drive the Next Spectacular Breakthrough? Arnold Kling 09/29/2014
Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a provocative and stimulating book, however, the Silicon Valley institutional structure may not drive the future as much as it has the recent past.
Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate Blake Hurst 09/24/2014
If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.
Good News from Africa Peter A. Coclanis 09/22/2014
The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.
The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected Ralph Kinney Bennett 09/19/2014
Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.
 
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