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No Exit: Why Space Colonies Can’t Solve Humanity’s Challenges 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.
3-D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities Michael M. Rosen 10/19/2014
With physical copying now approaching digital copying in terms of ease, cost, and convenience, how will the advent of this new technology affect intellectual property rights, be they patents, copyrights, or trademarks?
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.
How Green Is Europe? Vaclav Smil 09/30/2014
A superficial look might indicate great achievements. Yet a closer view reveals how far European renewables have to go, and what irrational choices are made to meet EU green energy quotas.
The Sharing Economy Under Pressure Shane Tews 09/30/2014
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.
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.
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.
Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules Kenneth P. Green 08/20/2014
Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.
The Long-Hours Luxury Tino Sanandaji 08/04/2014
One factor that is often overlooked in the debate over causes of income inequality is a shift in the distribution of working hours. The rich now work more than the poor.
 
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