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David Brin – More cool science!

By David Brin A few bits of cool science for your weekend:  Bright idea … I first saw glimmers of this some years ago. What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TED Global, Harald Haas demonstrates a device that  flickering the light from a single LED too quickly for the human eye to […]

March 29th

David Brin – Technologies that could change EVERYTHING

By David Brin Straight from the pages of Existence… though sooner than I expected… researchers now claim to have the entire Neanderthal genome in published form, as clear as that of “any person on the street.” Okay, start your countdown till someone announces she is pregnant with… That will be a real boat-rocker… …but there are other events on […]

March 29th

David Brin: Predicting the future (frequently asked questions)

By David Brin (Continuing this compilation of questions that I’m frequently asked by interviewers. This time about…) Q: Your writing touches on the impact of technology upon humanity, and its power to change our daily lives. Can you expand upon that?  Let me ask you (and the reader) this: have you ever flown through the sky? Or walked into a […]

March 26th

David Brin: Don’t let them steal your vote! What you can do…

By David Brin Citizens can fight back without waiting for courts or politicians Yes I am talking about you.  And you don’t have to agitate or march or petition or write your Congress-critter. Here’s my one final point about gerrymandering and all of that. As I have said repeatedly, there is a way that citizens can rebel against […]

January 23rd

The vote on climate change: 13,926 to… 24

By David Brin James Lawrence Powell did the math. Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed climate articles over 11 years, a mere 24 rejected global warming: The gold standard of science is the peer-reviewed literature. If there is disagreement among scientists, based not on opinion but on hard evidence, it will be found in the peer-reviewed literature. I searched […]

January 4th

David Brin: Next stop, space!

By David Brin NASA is apparently thinking seriously about launching astronauts to Earth-moon L2, a spot in space beyond the moon’s far side. EML-2 is a so-called libration point where the gravitational pulls of the moon and Earth roughly balance out, allowing spacecraft to essentially park there. Astronauts would ride to EML-2 aboard NASA’s Orion capsule, which […]

January 3rd

David Brin: Should the Defense Department fund the next wave of tech?

By David Brin Every decade since 1900 — except one — has seen some fantastic U.S. originated technologies burst forth, creating so much new wealth and ability that American consumers could afford the prodigious trade deficits that have uplifted half of the world’s population into the middle class. Jets, rockets, computers, pharmaceuticals, satellites, telecom, lasers, […]

January 2nd