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The Candidates Did Respond… and it’s underwhelming

Both the Romney campaign and the Obama campaign have answered sciencedebate.org’s 14 questions. Just a cursory glance and it appears that they both punted on a lot of the questions.  Especially the education one.  We have a lot of unemployed … Continue reading

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The New Year and the Future

We sit around the table, remembering fun times with family and watching the boy explore his new toys.  Then we get to talking about how radically different things are not and how much more radically altered things will be in … Continue reading

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Cerebus – My new PC

I got a really nice Christmas present in the form of permission to build my new PC.  I’ve been needing one for a while.  My old Athlon 2.41Ghz with 2gigs RAM, just wasn’t doing well at all.  There were some … Continue reading

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A Totally New Way to Get Solar Power

Everyone knows that solar power is great.  No fuel, easy to install, scalable, etc. The problem is that it is not very efficient.  The absolute best production photovoltaic panel is less than 20% efficient.  That means that only about 20% … Continue reading

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End of an Era

I just watched the last shuttle launch.  When she lands, US manned missions in space will also end.  Probably forever. I was born months before the final Apollo launch. I vaguely remember the first shuttle launch.  I do remember the … Continue reading

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What Would You Do If? – Global Warming

I was thinking this weekend, how cool would it be to develop a device that could relatively easily remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Then, I thought, that would be horrible.  So here’s your chance to tell me and everyone … Continue reading

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Direct Conversion of Heat to Electricity – Coming Soon!

The direct conversion of heat to electricity is extremely difficult, but would improve the electricity production of the world by a considerable margin.  Most of the systems we have for generating electricity do capture the work done as heat flows … Continue reading

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The Technological Singularity – In Response to Charles Stross

Charlie Stross* wrote an well reasoned argument against the Technological Singularity.  While I agree with most of his article, he is following almost a fundamental aspect of The Technological Singularity.  What he, and IMO, other post-humanists and those of similar … Continue reading

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Flywheels For Stable Power

Beacon Power has just announced that their flywheel-based power stabilization system is at 18 Megawatts of stored power and about to hit the target of 20 MW by the end of June. This is a fantastic concept and I think … Continue reading

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Fundamental Science – Why?

I ran into a guy on the internet who, after looking at a map of the known universe with galaxies showing their relative motion, exclaimed What a great waste of money.  Although they call it a map, it’s not like … Continue reading

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