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Jan 16th 2016

"When it comes to the scientific breakthroughs and commercial innovations that are building the economy of the future, the United States really is number one — and no competitor is in sight."

Jan 15th 2016

The United States once enjoyed a governing policy focused and framed by a strong conception of the common good.

Jan 15th 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.

Jan 13th 2016

Noting the roots of David Bowie's last album in jazz, Nate Chinen of the New York Times described Bowie as "an elusive rock star whose music has been

Jan 11th 2016


Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years....... He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs."


Jan 8th 2016

The celebration of Karel Appel continues.

Jan 7th 2016

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades.

Jan 6th 2016

Apple Pay was launched last year, with lots of fanfare and support by the credit-card industry.  Partnering with the banks that issue credit cards overcame the resistance that early entrants in mobile payments had faced.  It also solved critical technology and infrastructure problems and offered

Jan 4th 2016

Speaking at a Catholic high school in New Orleans recently, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that there is "no place" in the

Dec 30th 2015

AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Richard Dawkins is one of the great minds of our time; yet in his just-published memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, he notes that great minds often err w

Dec 29th 2015

In 1921, in a Munich beer hall, newly appointed Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler gave a Christmas speech to an excited crowd.

Dec 25th 2015

Donald Trump may be to the Republican Party what 

Dec 15th 2015

A previously discredited evolutionary theory, called Lamarckism, is being revived thanks to a new understanding of heredity called “epigenetic inheritance”.

Dec 9th 2015

Despite robust global economic growth over the past two years, worldwide carbon emissions from fossil fuels grew very little in 2014, and might even fall this year.

A report released today by the

Dec 8th 2015

For almost all of our species’ 200,000-year history, man’s relationship with the Earth was no different to that of any other animal. All their energy was provided directly by the sun.

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