There Really IS Hope for the Future

Here’s part of a talk given by Adam Treager, speaking for his classmates in the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, Class of 2010: I always used to hope that all of this work would eventually pay off so I could just relax, take a deep breath and enjoy myself. Hah! It took me awhile […]

Technology In Defense of… What, Exactly?

The US remains fully capable of developing and fielding some awesome technology. Boeing’s recent Phantom Ray stealth unmanned vehicle is a case in point, and demonstrates why it would be foolish for any nation or agency to make war against us. Of course, that assumes that we’re willing to defend ourselves, which we’ve not shown […]

Pirate Bay: Guilty

As long as it sticks through the appeals process, this is good news: The Pirate bay verdict: guilty, with jail time: The Pirate Bay “spectrial” has ended in a guilty verdict, prison sentences for the defendants, and a shared 30 million kronor ($3.5 million) fine. According to the Swedish district court, the operators of the […]

Cheaper Fuel from Coal

I call this good news, but Wired says it’s bad: Scientists Make Cheap Gas from Coal: Electric cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but a more immediately viable transportation fuel of the future could be liquid derived from coal. Scientists have devised a new way to transform coal into gas for your […]

Tiger Woods Reads Atlas Shrugged

This awesome: Why Tiger Woods is the Opposite of Hope: Here’s the thing: He planned it. The win, the baby, the half year off. Probably in that order, too. And I don’t mean that he was gambling on the knee holding up and then won, or that he underestimated the pain and then won anyway. […]

Atlas Shrugged #1 Amazon Seller in Literature and Fiction

This is great news, although one could certainly wish for different circumstances: Atlas Shrugged is (as of right now) the #1 bestseller in Amazon’s “Literature and Fiction” category. No matter how you spin it, this is great news. To keep updated on it’s status: Amazon’s most popular Literature and Fiction.

Are Americans Waking Up about Obama?

This from Little Green Footballs should be considered good news: Obama’s Ratings Drop: According to Rasmussen Reports, Barack Obama’s approval ratings are dropping fast: Daily Presidential Approval Index. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Approval Index for Sunday shows that 36% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing […]

Ayn Rand Institute Offers Impact Newsletter for Free

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2008’s Best Science

Wired’s 2008 Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs are pretty impressive indeed. Scientists had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2008. The Large Hadron Collider fired up for the first time, a temple of science opened its doors, several companies promised cheap genome sequencing and President-elect Obama hired a fantastic team of science advisers. After decades of […]

Anti-Aging Drugs – Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Very cool: Early but intriguing research on mice suggests a new mechanism of aging, and possibly a way to stall it. Drugs designed to target one aspect of aging also seem to help repair DNA damage and regulate gene activity, preventing them from going haywire with the stresses of time. “In principle, we now could […]