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To Save The Earth, Look To Space

In the new sci-fi novel Ocean of Storms, a disruptive pulse originating on the moon takes out Earth’s infrastructure. In the face of a crisis, international conflicts are set aside. The book’s authors, Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown, recently sat down with Nexus Media to share their insights on international cooperation, conspiracy theories and […]

January 31st

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

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 – Do scientists VOTE on what is TRUE?

By David Brin Is it true that 97 percent of scientists working in the fields of climate, meteorology and planetary atmospheres stand by the current consensus that human generated, carbon-rich gases produced by human industry are responsible for substantial, rapid climate change? That claimed figure — long denied by one major wing of Culture War […]

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 […]

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