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Physics fun

By Ryan Beckler on Oct 08, 2015 at 10:37 AM Sound is already pretty neat. It helps us communicate, and the sound of music – however crappy – get us through all of those painful high school breakups. Turns out, sound can also do some pretty mind-boggling things to a drop of liquid. Scientists from Clemson University […]

U.S. Capitol building

Politics

When people complain about ineffective government they often use the word “change”.  What they most often mean by this is that they want to “fix” the current system so that it works better than what they now see but still looks pretty much the same. But what do they think when the closer and more […]

Hydrocarbon Man

By John Mvers for The Daily Reckoning April 23, 2003 Just because the U.S. Army has pitched its tents in the Iraqi oil fields, that doesn’t mean that Iraqi oil will soon be flooding the world markets or the price of oil is heading to $12.00 a barrel. Quite the contrary.  Indeed, one of the […]

Hydroponics

Indoor Farming

Review by Ron Miller “There is a real trend towards something called variously urban agriculture, indoor farming or vertical farming,” says Cary Mitchell, a horticulturist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The original idea was for skyscrapers filled with plants but was never realistic. Skyscrapers don’t come cheap. In New York City, a company […]

Climate change map

HEAR NO CLIMATE EVIL

Daniel Kahneman is not hopeful. “I am very sorry,” he told me, “but I am deeply pessimistic. I really see no path to success on climate change.” Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics for his research on the psychological biases that distort rational decision-making. One of these is “loss aversion”, which means that […]

Solar Raodway

Solar Paneled Roadways

Author: George Wright    The video presented here is a good example of Technocracy’s conviction of “unfettered” or unrestrained innovation.   Our existing “for profit” systems will only allow innovation if it fits into the already established profit systems.  The energy producing companies using fossil fuels for example, have fought tooth and nail to limit any […]

Climate Change

Ron Miller 1998 Published in: The Northwest Technocrat, 1st quarter 1998, No. 350 This article is slightly different than the version printed in the magazine as this was converted directly from the author’s word processor file. The long promised greenhouse effect has finally arrived. Combustion of hydrocarbon materials to produce energy has resulted in an increase in the […]

Dam Fish

The Dam Fish

Ron Miller 1998 Published in:  The Northwest Technocrat, 2nd quarter 1998, No. 351 (with the title The Fish and the Dams) This article is slightly different than the version printed in the magazine as this was converted directly from the author’s word processor file. There are photographs from the early nineteen hundreds of salmon caught in the […]