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David Brin – Our biohacker future (more science roundup!)

By David Brin Science journalist Lee Billings is releasing his long-awaited tome entitled Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars, (a nod to the Gabriel García Márquez masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, while referring to the apparent absence of extraterrestrial life – at least, so far.) Lee’s book confronts the puzzle over […]

October 19th

David Brin – MORE cool tech stories

By David Brin Bowing to the inevitable, I have decided to do my latest dump of amazing miscelklany in handy, tweetable bits, for your convenience! That means both linking and displaying the web URLs.  We’ll see if folks like this. Here’s what Elon Musk’s new project may look like: http://io9.com/heres-what-elon-musks-secret-project-might-actually-l-793683502 Chinese anti-pervert stockings. Girls wear these […]

July 30th

David Brin – A bunch of cool tech stories

By David Brin Bowing to the inevitable, I have decided to do my latest dump of amazing miscelklany in handy, tweetable bits, for your convenience! That means both linking and displaying the web URLs.  We’ll see if folks like this. How the Tesla Model S is made — Behind the scenes: a wonderful video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_lfxPI5ObM Rivers […]

July 27th

David Brin – Both parties are mad (but GOP is a LOT more nuts)

By David Brin For all its gruesomely corrupt “sausage-making” qualities, politics is the mechanism we use to keep civilization running and pay for all of that other good science stuff. So let’s turn (briefly) back to that dismal but necessary domain, with a grab bag of political perspectives.   First, I’ve long predicted this. The U.S. federal deficit is […]

June 23rd

Long-term thinking? As bees die, US is more worried about corporate profits

By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, NRDC The scientific evidence against the neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) is stacking up like so many dead and dying bees. And, not just bees – turns out that our little aquaticinvertebrate buddies are also harmed, other beneficial insects are harmed, and birds that eat insects are harmed.(see MotherJones story here and American Bird Conservancy report here) […]

May 29th

David Brin – Cool news from the world of Science!

By David Brin A disappointingly superficial article about geo-engineering by Clive Hamilton appeared in the New York Times, glossing over many aspects and issues, and leaving out any mention of the one geo-engineering remedy to climate change that would actually replicate what the Earth is already doing — ocean fertilization to remove CO2 from the atmosphere […]

David Brin – Can private enterprise inspire us to Mars?

By David Brin Mars One: why did I volunteer? I  believe that a one way Mars mission is a viable-enough idea for some people to consider it, even knowing, as I do, that “one-way” has several possible connotations. On the surface, the claim is that eliminating the huge cost of the return flight will allow instead […]

David Brin – Can private prizes stimulate us to the stars?

By David Brin Grand challenges!  It’s an approach to stimulating research and technology that has been around for a while, stretching back to the British longitude prize of the 1700s. Aviation medals and awards spurred rapid advances during the 1920s and 1930s and sparked breakthroughs in human-powered flight in the 1980s and 1990s.  One contest helped lead to creation […]

Europe moves to save the bees – will US follow?

It’s been pretty definitively proven that particular pesticides are decimating the world’s bees – threatening farmers and our food supply as well as wildflowers and wildlife. Definitively enough that the European Union has just moved to ban them. So the question remains – when will the US act? Neonicotinoid pesticides are a new class of […]

April 30th