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David Brin – From space shots to black holes (science updates)

By David Brin First, a useful announcement: The Next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for October 26, 2013.  One or more of your local pharmacies will likely accept your old pharmaceuticals free, no questions.  It disposes of them safely and keeps them out of landfills or sewers where they apparently are having ever-worsening effects on water […]

October 21st

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

Is the (artificially crafted) shutdown crisis really over?

By David Brin As we track events in Washington, so far, it seems that my prediction — which few others shared and that many called “blue sky” — appears to be unfolding almost precisely as it was laid out here… and here… and here.  Details develop though, so let me elaborate.  After Senators Reid and McConnell finish their current […]

October 16th

David Brin – GOP war on science, shutdown edition

By David Brin The Shut-down goes on. What’s the GOP’s real aim? They see a winning hand, here. So far, every time an important constituency – or one that is symbolically powerful, like military death benefits – has howled loudly enough, the House has scurried to pass a special bill and demand quickie Senate action to […]

October 14th

David Brin – Shutdown or showdown? What’s really going on?

By David Brin Hello, did I call this or what? Is the GOP dropping Obamacare in shutdown debate? That’s the notion Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, and the party’s vice presidential nominee last year, argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Here’s How We can End the worst part of […]

October 10th

David Brin: How the government shutdown will end

By David Brin Before I get to my forecast of how the Great Big US Government Shut-Down of 2013 will end… let’s start with this surprising commentary. Yipe. The following is from Fox News. It is harsh, factual, on-target… and did I mention it’s from Fox, of all places? Could Rupert be asking “what have I […]

October 5th

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 – Can we geoengineer our way out of climate change?

By David Brin On June 18 I joined a blue ribbon panel (via Google Hangout) on the topic of Reinventing Climate Management: Staring Down the Possibility of Geoengineering, led by scenario thinker Jamais Cascio, author of the book Hacking the Earth: Understanding Geoengineering. He moderated a terrific group of scientists and other innovators (plus me… for comic relief I […]

David Brin – Optimistic vs pessimistic futures in science fiction

By David Brin Earlier I wrote about how Iain Banks represented the rare optimistic wing of science fiction, showing repeatedly that you can have more and better adventure and ideas without always assuming the worst. This matter has been getting attention also from Neal Stephenson’s Project Hieroglyph that aims at encouraging a re-engagement of science fiction with positive […]

June 15th