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Solar Energy: A Path to Prosperity?

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Solar Energy: A Path to Prosperity?

In the midst of a prolonged economic recession we hear the cry from all quarters that the most immediate path to recovery and prosperity is through a so-called green economy. “Green” energy, “green” jobs and “green” technologies are touted everywhere, from national publications to college newspapers. Indeed, a recent article in The Minnesota Daily by […]

“Green” Policies Poison Innovation

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“Green” Policies Poison Innovation

How government “encouragement” undermines technological development In recent years, “green energy” has become a major hot-button issue. Advocates argue that the inevitability of global climate change caused by carbon emissions, an end to our “addiction” to fossil fuels and the need for renewable forms of energy all necessitate increased research and development in alternative energy […]

Fishy Dealings From the FDA

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Fishy Dealings From the FDA

The FDA’s Presumption to Regulate Keeps Valuable Products off the Market The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article on the recent FDA hearings about genetically engineered (GE) salmon: “U.S. government food regulators pondered Monday whether to say, for the first time, that it’s OK to market a genetically engineered animal as safe for Americans […]

A Small Step for Private Space Flight

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A Small Step for Private Space Flight

Private industries make their first probes into the final frontier A recent article in The New York Times discusses the possibility of privately funded space travel open to tourists in the near future: “Boeing said Wednesday that it was entering the space tourism business, an announcement that could bolster the Obama administration’s efforts to transform the National […]

Embracing the “Unnatural”

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Embracing the “Unnatural”

Imagine telling someone that human beings could use large flying machines to travel across oceans or use small talking machines to speak to anyone in the world as if they were standing nearby. Imagine telling someone that the universe is composed of unseen particles or that emotions ranging from joy to rage can be influenced […]

Should You Be Allowed to Know What’s in Your DNA?

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Should You Be Allowed to Know What’s in Your DNA?

“You can’t handle the truth!” That’s the federal government’s latest message to Americans seeking to learn the content of their own DNA. Recent advances in biotechnology have allowed private companies to offer affordable genetic testing directly to consumers, to help them determine their risks of developing problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and various forms […]

A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

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A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

September 12th should be a global day of mourning. For that is the day that one of mankind’s greatest heroes and benefactors passed away, though barely a whisper of his passing has been heard since the weekend. Each one of us who is glad to be alive should find a way to commemorate the life […]

The Cost of Being Too Good

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The Cost of Being Too Good

At a time when many companies are struggling to stay profitable, the world’s largest computer processor manufacturer recorded a net profit of $1 billion in its second quarter. Despite this impressive feat, however, the corporation reported a quarterly loss of $398 million, the first loss it has experienced in 21 years. What accounts for the […]

FDA Snuffs Out Safer Smoking Alternative

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FDA Snuffs Out Safer Smoking Alternative

Millions of Americans choose to continue smoking despite known health risks. Presumably, the value they get from smoking is (rightly or wrongly) worth the risk to them. But for a short time, it appeared that smokers had a healthy third alternative: electronic cigarettes. The electronic cigarette is a relatively new innovation that works by allowing […]

The Real Meaning of Earth Hour

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The Real Meaning of Earth Hour

Last night the lights went out at the Empire State Building, the George Washington Bridge in New York, Big Ben, Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower, and the Las Vegas casino strip, among many other places. No, this wasn’t just one more cost-reducing measure taken due to the state of the economy, but a way to […]

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