More on Megaprojects

Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

Norway Begins Getting Rid Of FM Radio

Norway is switching from FM Radio to digital broadcasting. A similar transition in the United States seems unlikely for the time being.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

Godspeed, John Glenn.

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

D.A. Henderson, Leader Of Effort To Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

A true, albeit largely anonymous, hero of humanity has passed away.

NASA’s Juno Probe Enters Orbit Of Jupiter

NASA’s latest probe has begun a two year mission to study the Solar System’s biggest planet.

Clinton Email Scandal and The ‘Powell Did it Too’ Defense

Yes, Colin Powell used private email too. No, it’s not the same thing. No, it’s not because he was a Republican.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Federal Judge Denies Request To Force Apple To Extract Data From iPhones In Drug Case

A Federal Judge in New York has denied an F.B.I. request to force Apple to extract data from iPhones involved in a Federal drug case.

The Challenger Disaster, Thirty Years Later

Thirty years ago this week, tragedy struck America’s Space Program.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Carson and Mannatech

Semantics aside, Carson has a clear relationship with a company whose products are nothing but junk science.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

NASA Reports Finding Signs Of Liquid Water On Mars

NASA had a potentially significant announcement today.

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Supreme Court Bars Cops From Accessing Hotel Registries Without A Warrant

The Supreme Court ruled that police are not entitled to access to a hotel registry without a warrant.

Apple Reverses Course On Music Royalties

Well, that didn’t take long.

Taylor Swift, Apple Music, And The Future Of The Music Business

Taylor Swift is taking a stand against Apple’s new streaming music service, and she’s largely right.

Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Patent Infringement

Jawbone is suing Fitbit for infringing a patent that should never have been granted.

Supreme Court Tosses Out Conviction For “Threats” Made On Facebook

The Supreme Court has narrowed the means by which Federal prosecutors can prosecute someone for making statements online that could be perceived as threats.

FCC May Ban Robocalls, Including Polling

The FCC appears set to “encourage” telephone companies to install robocall blocking technology. Pollsters are panicking.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccination

Yet another study has found no link between autism and childhood vaccines. However, that’s unlikely to mean the end of the anti-vaccination movement.

Norway Phasing Out FM Radio By 2017

Norway is moving to all-digital radio.

Should We Boycott Moron Clothing Designers?

Elton John is leading a boycott against Dolce & Gabbana.

Pi Day 3.14.15

Cornell math prof Steven Strogatz is very excited about Pi day.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

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