Aerial view of Syncrude Aurora tar sands mine in the Boreal forest north of Fort McMurray.

U.S. Study Shows Oil Sands Produce 20% More Carbon Than Conventional Crude Heating Up Keystone XL Debate

July 31, 2015 – Today United States crude production includes 9% contribution from Canadian oil sands. By 2020 that number is expected to climb to 14%. This estimate is independent ... Continue Reading →
ExxonMobil

Why I’m Angry at Fossil Fuel Companies and ExxonMobil in Particular

July 30, 2015 – One of my readers who follows my blog through LinkedIn admonished me a couple of weeks ago for being too critical of the fossil fuel industry. My response at the ... Continue Reading →

The Age of the Driverless Car will Require the Robot Brain to Make Life and Death Decisions

July 29, 2015 – Today’s guest contributor is new to 21st Century Tech blog. His name is Milton Herman. Milton is a writer who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He also calls himself ... Continue Reading →
Stem cells and aging

Peter Diamandis Wants You to Bank Your Stem Cells

July 28, 2015 – If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have read about the importance of our research into stem cells and their therapeutic value. I’m even contemplating ... Continue Reading →
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Robots in the News – From Millibots in Your Body to Mechanized Workers on the Factory Floor

July 27, 2015 – Back in June at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a South Korean robot named HUBO took home the $2 million US grand prize beating out 22 other robots. It was an impressive ... Continue Reading →

Agricultural Science and Technology in the News This Past Week

July 26, 2015 – Three farm stories caught my eye this week. The first, a truly revolutionary one that pushes back the dawn of the age of agriculture some 11,000 years. The second, ... Continue Reading →
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Interesting Space News This Week

July 25, 2015 – Space has been big in the news in the last week. From the latest Pluto images to the discovery of a potential Earth-twin exoplanet, to new observations about the ... Continue Reading →
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Arctic Sea Ice Grew in Volume After Cool Summers in 2013-14 Bucking the Recent Trend

July 23, 2015 – Sea ice volume is a different measure than sea ice extent. Volume looks at the thickness of the ice as well as the area of coverage. Extent is just about the latter. ... Continue Reading →
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Raising Kids in Exponential Times

July 22, 2015 – In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about children and education beginning with the statement “How do you raise kids today during these exponential ... Continue Reading →
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SpaceX Thinks It Knows What Went Wrong in Recent Falcon 9 Mission Failure

July 21, 2015 – In an update sent out by the company yesterday, SpaceX described the events pertaining to the 19th launch of its Falcon 9 rocket which blew up in a second stage ... Continue Reading →