Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Space is Hard as Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences Can Attest

October 31, 2014 – In one week we have seen two commercial space companies experience disasters. With Orbital Sciences it involved the loss of a rocket and resupply capsule destined ... Continue Reading →
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IBM Watson Can Save the World or Destroy It – the Perils of Misplaced AI

October 30, 2014 – IBM is using its Jeopardy-winning technology to help with medical diagnostics. That’s a good thing. It is also being used to help businesses make better ... Continue Reading →
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Two Very Different Pictures: Orbital Sciences and SpaceX

October 30, 2014 – Tuesday’s failure of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with the Cygnus resupply module and a Planetary Resources satellite aboard paints a sharp contrast ... Continue Reading →
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Latest Deepwater Horizon Reports Describe a Ring of Oil at the Bottom of the Gulf

October 29, 2014 – We are learning so much about the consequences of mistakes made with deep-water drilling for oil because of the BP 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently ... Continue Reading →
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The Democratization of Higher Education in the 21st Century

October 29, 2014 – It occurred to me that I am part of a phenomenon in the 21st century that can only have happened because of the invention of the Internet – freely distributed ... Continue Reading →
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The State of Germany’s Move to “Energiewende”

October 28, 2014 – The meaning of the German word “energiewende” is energy transition. Of all countries of the Developed World there is no doubt that Germany is transitioning ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Power through Ultrasound to Become Ubiquitous if uBeam Succeeds

October 27, 2014 – Imagine transmitting energy through the air to power everything in your home. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating electric current, predicted it would ... Continue Reading →
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China is Burning Less Coal in 2014 – a Good Sign?

October 26, 2014 – For more than a decade China’s coal consumption has increased 5 to 10% annually. But in 2014 through nine months consumption has decreased between 1 and ... Continue Reading →
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Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Part of New University of Texas Study

October 25, 2014 – When the Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico some scientists speculated that it was inadvertent contact with frozen methane that precipitated the ... Continue Reading →
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European Union Plans to Cut Greenhouse Gases by 40% by 2030

October 24, 2014 – The original goal was to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 20% from 1990 levels by the year 2020. But the European Union (EU) leadership is getting far ... Continue Reading →