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  • Balancing Ride-on-Demand Innovations with Common Sense Consumer Protections

    04/07/2014 1:58:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-7-14 | Cara Sullivan
    We all can agree that overregulation of an industry tends to chill innovative business strategies and ultimately harm the consumers the regulations were intended to protect. However, in pursuit of free market solutions, policymakers must craft public policy approaches that not only allow free markets to flourish but also protect consumers. State and local governments across the country are trying to find that balance as they explore regulations involving commercial ridesharing and ride-on-demand services, offered by transportation network companies (TNC) such as UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. As previously noted here, these new services have put a new ďhi-tech spinĒ on...
  • A Day Made of Glass

    03/19/2014 6:15:04 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    THE FUTURE OF GLASS - "AMAZING"! If you wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near, hereís why. It's not the iPad that has them concerned about the future. It is developments like the ones Corning is working on that are game-changers:
  • US scientists deplore Ďinnovation deficití

    03/09/2014 8:11:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies
    ft.com ^ | March 6, 2014 6:24 am | By Nuala Moran
    US scientists deplore ‚Äėinnovation deficit‚Äô By Nuala Moran Scientists in the US remain the best funded in the world, but they say falling federal investment and cuts due to sequestration, coupled with the enormous resources other countries are lavishing on research, are creating an ‚Äúinnovation deficit‚ÄĚ.The consequence, say the presidents of more than 200 US universities, will be fewer US scientific and technological breakthroughs, fewer US patents and fewer US start-ups, products and jobs. Investment in research is not inconsistent with deficit reduction, indeed it is vital to it, they said in an open letter to President Barack Obama...
  • This May Be 'The Single Worst Decision' Obamacare Planners Made

    11/06/2013 1:37:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    AEI ^ | November 5, 2013 | James Pethokoukis
    The United States is the global leader in medical innovation. You can measure that by Nobel Prizes or biotech R&D or where breakthrough treatments are developed or commercialized. And as University of Michigan economist Miles Kimball points out, one reason healthcare spending is lower in other advanced economies is their ability to ď cheaply copy drugs and medical techniques developed in the US at great expense.Ē But healthcare innovation isnít just about miracle drugs and cutting-edge technology. Innovation can happen in how healthcare services are delivered and paid for. And it is in this area that the Affordable Care Act...
  • How to attract people to museums

    06/29/2013 10:32:31 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 48 replies
    The Rijksmuseum in Holland had an idea: Let's bring the art to the people and then, hopefully, they will come to see more - at the museum.
  • Why an American Ďmanufacturing renaissanceí wouldnít create many manufacturing jobs

    02/04/2013 2:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 1, 2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Get ready to hear a lot more about technological unemployment. The theory holds that automation, especially of the digital variety, is happening more quickly than entrepreneurs and human capital can adjust. And it‚Äôs why, says Andrew McAfee, co-author of Race Against the Machines, a boom in US manufacturing wouldn‚Äôt bring a boom in job creation: ‚Äď Manufacturing employment has been on a steady downward trend in the U.S. since 1980 (it increased some after the end of the Great Recession, but this boost appears to be leveling out).‚Äď Manufacturing jobs have also been trending downward in Japan and Germany since...
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/07/2012 12:30:53 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 10 replies
    HBR Blogs ^ | December 7, 2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • The Town-Gown Connection (What makes American cities grow?)

    09/09/2012 2:57:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    What makes cities grow? This question is the subject of countless magazine articles peddling lists of ďbest citiesĒ and is fodder for consulting firms looking to sell advice. But in reality, the most reliable measure of a cityís future health is whether employment is expanding or contracting. Declining cities are not home to growing businesses that need people. Only true believers in the come-back story would move to Detroit, Cleveland, or Buffalo right now ó the three big cities with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. So what features of a city correlate with expanding employment? The index-making experts...
  • ďDo things that have never been done beforeĒ - The guy who invented the computer...

    08/19/2012 8:59:05 PM PDT · by djone · 30 replies
    The old man turned back at his coffee, took a sip, and then looked back at me.... ďIn fact, Iíve done lots of things ....Oh really? Like what types of things?, ...All the while, half-thinking he was going to make up something fairly non-impressive....I invented the first computer.....Um, Excuse me? ..... I created the worldís first internally programmable computer.... It used to take up a space about as big as this whole room and my wife and I used to walk into it to program it.... Whatís your name?Ē. I asked, thinking that this guy is either another crazy homeless...
  • EU should keep out of innovation's way, Wikipedia founder says

    05/12/2012 10:37:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 08.05.12 @ 19:57 (May 8) | Philip Ebels
    To encourage innovation in Europe, policymakers should just keep out of the way, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said. "I agree with the idea of streamlining and simplification. The only thing is that I would be much more extreme," he told EUobserver on Tuesday (8 May) on the sidelines of a conference in Brussels on EU innovation policy organized by global accounting firm Ernst & Young. "The most important thing that Europe needs to do to spur innovation is to eliminate barriers," he added. "To make it easier for investors and entrepreneurs to start businesses and to make it easier...
  • Spray-On Antenna Unveiled At Google Solve For X Conference

    02/22/2012 4:46:43 PM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Lora Kolodny
    A start-up called Chamtech Enteprises has an answer to the problems of poor cellphone reception and other shortcomings of traditional antennas. The company has developed a spray-on antenna that it says is more lightweight, energy-efficient and effective than the old-school version. (Where was this stuff when the iPhone 4 came out?) The Sandy, Utah-based start-upís nanotechnology, unveiled last week at Googleís inaugural Solve For X gathering, can be painted onto a tree, a wall, the ground or even the back of a soldier, enabling a more portable, lightweight way to get reception for a variety of uses. The company has...
  • UW student wins top Innovation Days prize for prosthetic hand

    02/11/2012 4:13:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Daydreaming during class paid off for UW-Madison student Eric Ronning. He won $11,250 on Friday at UW-Madison's annual Innovation Days for an invention he came up with during an engineering lecture. "I space out a lot," Ronning admitted, a sophomore from Lincolnwood, Ill., who is majoring in mechanical engineering. His invention, called the Manu Print, is an inexpensive prosthetic hand for amputees in developing countries. He said the prototype he created used only $20 of material. Other prosthetic hands on the market cost more than $1,000. More than $27,000 in prizes are awarded at Innovation Days, which is in its...
  • What's so awful about the 1%?

    12/04/2011 12:14:00 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 4, 2011 | By Bradley Schiller
    The class war is on. It's the 99% of "us" versus the 1% of "them." In the rhetoric of this war, we are fighting the 1% because they possess most of the nation's wealth, bankroll their handpicked political candidates, control the banks and get million-dollar paychecks and billion-dollar bailouts; yet they don't pay enough taxes or invest their wealth in creating American jobs. They're the "millionaires and billionaires" President Obama has called out as needing to pony up more for progressive reforms of our healthcare, banking, tax and political systems. They are the enemy of "us" ó the 99% who...
  • One-man flying space hopper could become the 'air car' of the future

    11/06/2011 5:28:18 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 4 2011 | Emma Reynolds
    It might look like as space hopper surrounded by model helicopters, but the 16-rotor E-Volo is an entirely new kind of helicopter - which can hover motionless in the air without input from the pilot... Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2057423/Multicopter-1-man-flying-space-hopper-air-car-future.html#ixzz1cvmNCoK4
  • Japan Disaster Sparks Demand for Air-Conditioned Clothes

    08/03/2011 7:12:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    abc ^ | 8/2 | fujita
    As far as summer fashion goes, clothes with built-in electric fans leave a little something to be desired. But Hiroshi Ichigaya has managed to turn his breezy invention into the must-have item of the summer, thanks to sweltering temperatures and a power shortage stemming from the triple disasters that hit Japan in March. The founder of Kuchofuku, or "air-conditioned clothing" in Japanese, says sales for his clothes have increased 10-fold. Phones at his office haven't stopped ringing. "People ask me, why would I want to wear a jacket when it's so hot," Ichigaya, a former Sony engineer, said. "I tell...
  • AP sources: White House set to unveil cyber plan

    05/12/2011 3:41:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/12/11 | Lolita Baldor
    The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants. The Obama administration also is insisting that companies tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised. According to cybersecurity experts familiar with the plan, the administration's proposed legislation also would instruct federal agencies to more closely monitor their computer networks. Several House and Senate committees have been working on cybersecurity legislation for the past two years, while waiting for...
  • Los Altos district pilots technology-based math program, Khan Academy

    03/27/2011 10:33:50 PM PDT · by Cool Guy · 15 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/25/2011 | Diana Samuels
    The Khan Academy has its roots in a series of educational YouTube videos that founder Sal Khan began making several years ago to tutor his cousin. The videos struck a chord among those who came across them, Sinha said. As the videos became increasingly popular, the organization got a big break last fall, when it received a total of about $3.5 million in grants from Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nonprofit Advertisement now has a Mountain View office and a half-dozen staff members. It's still attracting attention -- NBC Nightly News recently featured the program and...
  • Device Review Slowdown Across FDA Impacting Medical Device Jobs

    02/22/2011 5:40:03 AM PST · by Skeez · 3 replies
    pharmaceutical-jobs.com ^ | 2/22/11 | Chris Taylor
    The California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have released a report highlighting the critical role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in todayís biomedical research and innovation ecosystem, and the need for a strong, science-based agency and an efficient, consistent and transparent regulatory process. The report, , titled ďCompetitiveness and Regulation: The FDA and the Future of Americaís Biomedical IndustryĒ, has underlined that an increasingly unpredictable approval process at the FDA has negatively impacted public health, the economy, job creation, American competitiveness and innovation. This report represents the first study to quantify approval timelines...
  • Obamacare vs. Drug Innovation

    02/16/2011 4:34:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Natinal Review ^ | 2/16/11 | William S. Smith
    PhRMAís quiescence on Obamacare badly hurt the industry ó and all those who depend on medical innovation. With the release of the presidentís budget, it is now beyond dispute ó Beltway spin notwithstanding ó that the decision by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to support the health-care bill was one of the worst self-inflicted wounds in the history of lobbying. For biotech and pharmaceutical companies, the presidentís budget repudiates one of the most important benefits of their ďdealĒ with the White House: the ability to market biotech drugs without generic competition for twelve years. The president would...
  • Drug innovation stifled by ObamaCare?

    02/16/2011 1:48:03 PM PST · by The Doctor · 8 replies
    21 State Lawsuit ^ | 2/16/11 | 21State
    While it is common knowledge that the health care industry is not happy with the rules and regulations of the health care law, the National Review brings up this question: Will the implementation of ObamaCare stifle the creation of new drugs and treatments? To answer this question, the National Review observes that Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) made a deal with the Obama Administration that they would be able to market their drugs without generic competition for 12 years. The administration reneged on that deal and reduced the 12 years to 7 years. And there are many more...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    ó Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Biden: 'EVERY GREAT IDEA' IN LAST 200 YEARS 'REQUIRED GOVERNMENT INCENTIVE'...

    So said Joe Biden today on the second-floor bar at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel at a fundraiser for incumbent Democratic NY-1 Rep. Tim Bishop. ďEvery single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,Ē he said. ďIn the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. Ö No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years.Ē For innovation and business, people don't look towards...
  • Is U.S. Health Care Truly 'Broken'?

    10/24/2010 3:36:08 AM PDT · by Scanian · 40 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 24, 2010 | Deane Waldman
    There are reasonable people who question whether our health care system is, in fact, "broken," as opined by President Obama. (This is one of the few conclusions he makes with which I agree. Of course, ObamaCare is very clearly not the solution.) Objective, evidence-based analysis of the U.S. health care system leads to the well-worn doctor joke: "I have good news and bad news." Every assertion below has "hard" scientific proof. What follows is fact, not unsubstantiated opinion. First, the good news Americans have better health care outcomes than most others: better survival rates for common cancers than Europeans, better...
  • Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

    10/10/2010 4:36:17 PM PDT · by lbryce · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 9, 2010 | George Markoff
    Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving. The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver. With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in...
  • A Different Kind of Eyeglasses

    09/28/2010 7:28:07 PM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies
    Yahoo!/WSJ ^ | 28 Sep 2010 | Michael Totty
    For many people past the age of 40, focusing on close objects restaurant menus, ó for instance ó just gets harder and harder. Most people with this condition, called presbyopia, eventually give in and get reading glasses, bifocals or glasses with progressive lenses. But what if there were another alternative that didn't require people to carry an extra set of glasses or have only part of their field of vision in focus at any one time? Zoom Focus Eyewear LLC, of Van Nuys, Calif., has just such an option, and with it won this year's Silver Innovation Award. The solution:...
  • Why America is Losing Its Innovative Edge

    09/16/2010 6:28:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall St. 24/7 ^ | 09/16/2010 | Jonathan Berr
    As the world economy entered its worst decline since the Great Depression, corporations were less interested in innovating. Now, as the economy begins to recovers U.S. corporations are in danger of being eclipsed by their Chinese rivals. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the total number of patent applications filed across the world grew by 2.6% in 2007. This is the lowest growth rate since the dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000 . To make matters worse, the data, the latest available, showed zero growth in the U.S. China, however, showed a gain of 18.2%. Preliminary 2009...
  • Intel CEO: Things Need to Change in the U.S.

    09/01/2010 9:24:59 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 40 replies
    Tom's Hardware US ^ | 08/25.2010 | Kevin Parrish
    Intel's Paul Otellini predicts that the "next big thing" won't happen in the States unless government policies change. ZoomMonday night Intel CEO Paul Otellini warned government officials that the U.S. will face a huge tech decline if government policies are not altered. In fact, the "next big thing" won't be invented here in the States, and jobs will be created outside our borders. The warning was part of his observations about the Obama administration and the nation's economy during dinner at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum. He took aim at the U.S. legal environment, claiming that its become so...
  • Go go gadget straddling bus! Chinese super-buses glide over traffic

    08/11/2010 2:23:14 AM PDT · by Natural Born 54 · 33 replies
    Gizmag ^ | August 3, 2010 | Loz Blain
    So here's a fascinating public transport idea that we've never seen mooted before Ė giant super-buses that roll on stilts on small tracks between lanes of traffic. So they roll over the top of stopped traffic, and when they stop to let passengers on and off, they don't interrupt the flow of traffic below. Far quicker and cheaper to build than a subway or monorail system, the Straddling Bus system simply requires modification to existing roads, and the creation of a network of elevated bus stops. (snip) This is not a pipe dream Ė the pilot program goes into construction...
  • BusinessWeek : Immigration Can Fuel U.S. Innovationóand Job Growth

    07/12/2010 7:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek ^ | 07/12/2010 | Chris Farrell
    Lost amid the heated debate over U.S. policy is a key point: Immigrant entrepreneurs and skilled workers are a boon to the economy. Arizona may be ground zero for the conflict over U.S. immigration policy, but it takes only a few minutes of watching cable television news and scanning local op-ed pages to see how raw and divisive the matter has become in the nation's political sphere. Yet with all the heated rhetoric about illegals, border security, amnesty, racial profiling, and other incendiary topics, one aspect of immigration isn't emphasized enough: the job-creating potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. They're the vanguard...
  • dont let congress redesign your telephone tv and computer

    07/07/2010 8:49:45 AM PDT · by crescen7 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Congress is considering legislation that would give government the power to mandate the features and design of every phone, computer, global positioning system (GPS), or any other device with a screen that connects to the Internet. The bill is the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009, or H.R. 3101, and it is gaining votes in the U.S. House. The legislation will soon face a key vote at the Energy & Commerce Committee and then by the full House of Representatives before the end of July! While the billís intentions are certainly noble, the technology industry has already...
  • Schwarzenegger Flexes Muscle for Moscow, While Obama Ignores Warnings from Russian Dissidents

    06/29/2010 2:37:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    "SCHWARZENEGGER FLEXES MUSCLE FOR MOSCOW, WHILE OBAMA IGNORES WARNINGS FROM RUSSIAN DISSIDENTS" International News Analysis Today June 29, 2010 By Toby Westerman SNIPPET: "California governor, and former film superhero, Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to lead a trade mission to Russia and assist "in any way possible" Russia's drive to develop its own high tech "Silicon Valley." U.S. president Barack Obama has also promised his backing in facilitating the flow of U.S. technology to Russia. The eager participation of Schwarzenegger and Obama in exporting U.S. technological capabilities came during Russian president Dmitry Medvedev's three day visit (June 22-24) to the United...
  • Schumpeter 2.0

    06/26/2010 5:54:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    The American ^ | 06/23/10 | Richard Swedberg and ThorbjÝrn Knudsen
    Schumpeter 2.0 By Richard Swedberg and ThorbjÝrn Knudsen Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Filed under: Big Ideas, Economic Policy A great thinkerís contribution not only appears in his or her finished works and arguments, but also within the rich intuitions or core ideas that underlie the arguments. During the last decade or so, the theories of Joseph Schumpeter have gone through a revival, and much attention has been devoted to his work. By now many economists and commentators value his work highly, especially what he says about entrepreneurship and creative destruction. While this work on Schumpeter is very valuable, one might...
  • The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

    06/25/2010 10:55:29 PM PDT · by cryptical · 13 replies
    White House Blog ^ | June 25, 2010 | Howard A. Schmidt
    Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years. Cyberspace includes the networks in our homes, businesses, schools, and our Nation’s critical infrastructure.  It is where we exchange information, buy and sell products and services, and enable many other types of transactions across a wide range of sectors. But not all components of this technology have kept up with the pace of growth.  Privacy and security require greater emphasis moving forward; and because of this, the technology that has brought many...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home ē Briefing Room ē Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Media Bureau Announces the Release of Requests for Quotation for Media Ownership Studies...[FCC]

    06/24/2010 3:10:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The following text SNIPPET is a quote: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1084A1.pdf PUBLIC NOTICE Federal Communications Commission 445 12thSt., S.W. Washington, D.C.20554 News Media Information 202 / 418-0500 Internet: http://www.fcc.gov TTY: 1-888-835-5322 DA 10-1084 Released: June 16, 2010 MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF REQUESTS FOR QUOTATION FOR MEDIA OWNERSHIP STUDIES AND SEEKS SUGGESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL STUDIES IN MEDIA OWNERSHIP PROCEEDING MB Docket No. 09-182 Suggestions for Additional Studies Deadline:July 7, 2010 Requests for Quotation for Media Ownership Studies. As part of the Commissionís 2010 Quadrennial Media Ownership proceeding,1the Commission is commissioning nine economic studies to evaluate the current marketplace and the state of...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-president-medvedev-russia-us-russia-business-summit Home ē Briefing Room ē Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia thatís modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • Russian President's Big Silicon Valley Splash

    06/22/2010 9:34:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Jun 22, 2010 | JACKSON WEST
    Dmitry Medvedev dining in San Francisco tonight Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is on a friendly visit to the Bay Area before flying across the country to meet with President Barack Obama, and he comes in peace. Which must be why he brought along the flagship of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet, the nuclear-capable missile cruiser Varyag. Makes total sense. Medvedev will be dining with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State George Schultz Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he'll be visiting technology companies including Twitter, Apple, Google and Cisco Systems, in part to promote an "innovation center" modeled on Silicon...
  • N.Y. Air Brake gets ready for new business

    06/21/2010 4:30:10 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 7 replies
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010 | NANCY MADSEN
    NEW PRODUCTS: Planning in works for making parts for passenger rail cars, use of high-rail stimulus fundsNew York Air Brake Co. will be ready for new business if the state's proposed high-speed commuter railroad lines become a reality. The Watertown railroad brake manufacturer has two products used in passenger rail cars, said Marc B. Robbins, locomotive sales engineer. "It really is a little different than what we're used to working with in freight," he said. The biggest difference is stricter safety requirements. One such product is a brake that has a passenger version, CCB II-P. "It's one of our most...
  • Obama Tilts at Windmills

    06/20/2010 2:33:31 PM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 20, 2010 | Kyle Smith
    We learned again in the presidentís speech on the BP disaster this week that all of our interests in the energy sphere are aligned: Move from carbon-based fuel to renewables and weíll create American jobs, heal the climate, put more distance between us and geopolitically unstable regions and punish those nasty oil companies while saving our shrimp and seagulls. Win-win-win-win-win. Except the presidentís beloved (if doomed) cap-and-trade legislation would: do little or nothing to alter global climate trends, reward oil companies like BP that backed the bill from the start, destroy jobs by increasing the cost gap with coal-powered China...
  • Twitterati Report: Syria Trip Mixes Work With Play

    06/18/2010 2:51:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 175+ views
    TheCable.ForeignPolicy.com ^ | Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Posted by Josh Rogin
    "Twitterati report: Syria trip mixes work with play" Posted By Josh Rogin Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:26 PM SNIPPET: "The State Department's two leading Twitterati, Special Advisor on Innovation Alec J. Ross (@alecjross) and Policy Planning staffer Jared Cohen (@jaredcohen), are in Syria this week leading a delegation of tech companies hoping to, as the Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon puts it, "woo President Bashar al-Assad away from his strategic alliance with Iran" with offers of networking equipment, computer software, and the like." SNIPPET: "In between drinking frappuccinos and touring such places as the Souk al-Hamadiye, the famous covered...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
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  • Statement ... on the Visit of President Medvedev of the Russian Federation to the White House

    06/12/2010 1:38:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 414+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 11, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-visit-president-medvedev-russian-federation-white-house Home ē Briefing Room ē Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 11, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Medvedev of the Russian Federation to the White House President Obama is pleased to welcome President Dmitriy Medvedev of the Russian Federation to the United States on June 22-24. Over the last eighteen months, the United States and Russia have made significant strides in resetting relations between our two countries in ways that advance our mutual interests. Since first meeting...
  • Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates

    06/11/2010 2:54:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 129+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | June 10, 2010 | By Jim Garamone
    Note: The following text is a quote: Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, Washington, D.C., June 10, 2010 Ė The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told graduates of the National Defense University here that their careers will be dominated by their understanding of the precise application of military force and national power. NDUís National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces graduated 603 people from the armed services, civilian agencies and many foreign countries. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and King Abdullah of...
  • Van Jones: Climate Change, Innovation And The Clean Energy Race

    05/23/2010 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 431+ views
    Gov Monitor ^ | May 23, 2010 | by Van Jones
    Climate change has faced a perfect storm in the first months of 2010. Revelations about climate science coincided with an unusually cold winter in the northern hemisphere and the uncertain outcome to the global summit in Copenhagen. We and our colleagues in the Global Climate Network of think tanks stand squarely behind the overwhelming scientific evidence which points to the heavy hand of humans in climatic changes that we can already see. In the Global Climate Network study suggests that more than 20 million new employment opportunities can be created between now and 2020 just in low-carbon energy industries across...
  • I can plug leak, says NY genius

    06/02/2010 3:31:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 141 replies · 4,419+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 2, 2010 | KIERAN CROWLEY and JEREMY OLSHAN
    BP's engineers can't stop the gushing oil spill, but a young genius from Long Island says she found the solution in less time than it takes most people to finish a crossword puzzle. Since the "top kill," "junk shot" and "top hat" techniques failed to end the environmental nightmare, Alia Sabur -- who started her engineering Ph.D. at age 14 -- is pushing for a more radical idea. The Northport native, who started reading before she could walk and who at 18 broke a 300-year-old record to become the youngest-ever college professor, proposes surrounding a pipe with deflated automobile tires,...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

    03/05/2010 9:47:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 419+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | March 5, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-a-new-beginning-presidential-summit-entrepreneurship Home ē Briefing Room ē Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 05, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship President Obama, together with the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, will host the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on April 26 and 27. Participants from over 40 countries on 5 continents have been invited to participate. The Summit will highlight the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing...
  • Executive Order -- President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    04/24/2010 9:34:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 572+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 21, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-presidents-council-advisors-science-and-technology Home ē Briefing Room ē Presidential Actions ē Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 21, 2010 Executive Order -- President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish an advisory council on science, technology, and innovation, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is hereby established. The PCAST...
  • Cell Phones and Ingratitude

    04/06/2010 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 17 replies · 1,290+ views
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Boaz
    When I was a kid in the 1960s and we came back from a visit to my grandmotherís, my mother used to call my grandmother, let the phone ring twice, and then hang up. It was important for my grandmother to know that weíd arrived home safely, but long-distance telephone calls were too expensive to indulge in unnecessarily. When I entered Vanderbilt University in 1971, my parents had to decide whether to pay for a telephone in my dorm room. They decided to do so, but most of the thoroughly upper-middle-class students on my floor did not have phones. Phones...
  • Genetically Modified Corn Ė Safe or Toxic?

    Pick up a box of cereal or other packaged food at the grocery store, and chances are youíre looking at a genetically modified product. The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable alternatives to harmful methods of food production technologies, estimates that more than 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain some genetically modified ingredients ó mostly corn or soy. But, in most cases, these modified foods have received only limited testing. For example, take the three genetically modified corn varieties already being sold by Monsanto that are the subject of new analysis...
  • Force of Darkness ďEarth HourĒ Challenged by Power of Light ďHuman Achievement HourĒ

    03/27/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies · 981+ views
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 3/19/10 | Richard Morrison
    he Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual ďHuman Achievement HourĒ between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration coincides with ďEarth Hour,Ē an hour in which governments, individuals, and corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology. ďEarth Hourís creators suggest that human inventions and technology are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource,Ē says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. ďEnvironmental challenges will not be solved by turning...