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The foibles of traffic regulation

On Jan. 1, 2015, San Antonio will begin enforcing a new cell phone ban for drivers. The ban is, by many accounts, common sense and will catch the city up with progressive California and New York bans. It also happens … Continue reading

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An alternative to government science

(New York Times) American science, long a source of national power and pride, is increasingly becoming a private enterprise. In Washington, budget cuts have left the nation’s research complex reeling. Labs are closing. Scientists are being laid off. Projects are … Continue reading

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Car dealers ought to be afraid

This company is light years ahead of the competition. (Forbes) Tesla Motors TSLA -2.85% is being courted by four Southwestern states for its $5 billion gigafactory, but there’s another state that is kissing Tesla goodbye. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle … Continue reading

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The return of rational

Introducing the new book by Eric Robert Morse—Psychonomics: How Modern Science Aims to Conquer the Mind and How the Mind Prevails. An excerpt from the book: Franz Gall was no crank. We laugh at him now because his conclusions were … Continue reading

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Everything is peaceful at a million feet

Featuring the haunting, ethereal music of Axial Ensemble, title track “Premonition.” Aboard the ISS, we fly along over Earth’s luminous nocturnal landscapes, with Dr. Justin Wilkinson as our guide. This intimate tour takes us over cities and coastlines in the … Continue reading

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The road map to Mars

The Mars One foundation will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. This Indiegogo campaign will help us jumpstart the first major step in our project — a private Mars Lander and Satellite mission in 2018. Your participation will help … Continue reading

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Homeschooling a fresh alternative to Statist schooling

Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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Hyperloop pushes the envelope of what’s possible

(Businessweek) Almost a year after Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors (TSLA) and SpaceX, first floated the idea of a superfast mode of transportation, he has finally revealed the details: a solar-powered, city-to-city elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars … Continue reading

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Homeschooled kids are the future of liberty

(Forbes) The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural … Continue reading

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Bazos’ Blue Origin makes new frontier believable

One of the solutions explained in Juggernaut is to create new frontiers, and the most sensible place for a new frontier is space–the final frontier as it might be known. Of course, building a space ship and having the government … Continue reading

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The Overview Effect–the psychology of looking back from space

(The Overview Effect) Who would have thought traveling to outer space could be such a profound experience? OK, probably everybody, but these former astronauts really articulate it in a way that was just a little mind-blowing.

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Good reads–One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan’s One World Schoolhouse is a brief summary of mass education, where it’s been, and where it ought to go. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive, big-picture, and revolutionary argument on the subject. Luckily, Khan is … Continue reading

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Tragedy and consequence

(Ad-In) According to these numbers, the availability of guns and the legality of firearms is not what makes for a sociopathic, violent country in which people go on horrific rampages. There must be another reason why this is happening. In … Continue reading

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The future of education is now

(Forbes) The Khan Academy, which features 3,400 short instructional videos along with interactive quizzes and tools for teachers to chart student progress, is a nonprofit, boasting a mission of “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” There is no employee … Continue reading

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A critique of Bitcoins

Episode 10 – Bit Coins the Currency of the Dark Net from Minute MBA by OnlineMBA.com on Vimeo. The idea that BitCoins are dangerous because they are used for illicit transactions is a fair concern, but can one really assume … Continue reading

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A medical system on life support

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion … Continue reading

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Food waste a growing concern

(TED) Western countries waste up to half of their food. This is an injustice Tristram Stuart has dedicated his career to fixing. In his newest book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, Tristram shows how changing the systems that result … Continue reading

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On-demand fashion

(Continuum Fashion : N12) The N12 bikini is the world’s first ready-to-wear, completely 3D-printed article of clothing. All of the pieces, closures included, are made directly by 3D printing and snap together without any sewing. N12 represents the beginning of what … Continue reading

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Can bureaucracy beat bioengineering?

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