The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000 entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed sharing ... Continue Reading →

Latest Laptop Ban on Flights from Middle East and African Origins May Create Fire in the Hold Threat

March 22, 2017 – Sometimes I think that the new Trump administration is really a Marx Brothers’ comedy sketch. See the 1932 film, Duck Soup, if you want to get my drift. ... Continue Reading →

CO2 from Aircraft Only One Part of the Industry’s Greenhouse Gas Problem

March 18, 2017 – Last October I posted information here about an agreement by 191 country members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt a carbon emission ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Rotor Sails on Tankers and Cruise Ships will Harvest Wind, Save Fuel and Reduce Emissions

March 16, 2017 – In 1926 a German engineer named Anton Flettner built a ship that included some surface deck structures that seemed oddly out of place. Described as spinning sails, ... Continue Reading →

An Infrequent Space Phenomenon May be Indications of Alien Civilizations

March 10, 2017 – This week reports came out from radio astronomers who speculated that fast radio bursts (FRBs), only recently discovered, could be a power source used by alien ... Continue Reading →

Jeff Bezos Wants to Use Amazon to Ship to the Moon

March 3, 2017 – In the battle of private space companies, the Moon has become the focal point. This time it isn’t Elon Musk, but Jeff Bezos, of Blue Origin, manning up with ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Delivery Robot That Stops at Traffic Lights is on the Streets of Tallinn, Estonia

February 25, 2017 – The first prototype delivery robot from Starship Technologies, a company with offices in Tallinn, London, UK, and Redwood City, California. Launched in 2014, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Half Drone, Half Motorcycle – Say Hello to the Hoversurf Scorpion-3

February 24, 2017 – What can fly like a drone while you ride it like a motorbike? It’s the Scorpion-3, a combination quadcopter with a motorcycle seat. Scorpion-3 is electric-powered, ... Continue Reading →

Cool Infographic Illustrates Autonomous Vehicles and Their Deployment in the Near Future

February 22, 2017 – One of my readers, Karen Smith, alerted me to a research project done by Get Off Road, which has produced a graphic tracing the history, growth and future ... Continue Reading →

Peter Diamandis Looks at Our World Over the Last Century

February 19, 2017 – Two days after getting back from Costa Rica, I received in my inbox the following reflections by Peter Diamandis covering the world from 1917 to the present. ... Continue Reading →