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Catastrophe is always on the Horizon

The IPCC just released its last assessment report dealing with mitigation.  Like the two previously released work group reports, the latest also sounds the alarm bell that catastrophe is just around the corner unless dramatic action is taken soon.  The latest report calls for a 40% reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2050. With […]

Cuban Twitter: Not as Silly (or Stupid) as it Sounds

When the Associated Press revealed that the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development had funded ZunZuneo as a sort of Twitter for Cuba, it provoked peals of laughter, ridicule and criticism. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy called it “dumb, dumb, dumb.” The senator has a point. The program did not last more than two years […]

A Needed Wake-Up Call

In regards to our nation’s energy grid systems and vulnerabilities, what this country needs is a wake-up call. Instead of focusing on what Senator Murkowski stated was “a dangerous leak of highly sensitive information”, the media should instead be focusing on why so little has been done to reduce grid vulnerability. It has been known […]

U.S. Failure to Clarify Interests in Cyberspace Weakens Deterrence

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, retired Gen. Keith Alexander, who recently stepped down as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, expressed misgivings about America’s deterrent posture in cyberspace. In particular, he raised concerns about the lack of a threshold that, when crossed by cyberattackers, would […]

What We Are Reading

Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO

Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a federal tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday. Installation of wind farms fell by 93 percent after Congress did not renew wind’s production tax credit last year.

Up and down and up again

Elon Musk wants to build a machine that would let him offer prospective colonists a (one-way) trip to the Martian surface for about $500,000—or, as he puts it, roughly the cost of a nice house in California. Perfecting reusability is essential for achieving that dream.

Hagel: U.S. May ‘Adjust’ Missile Defenses in Europe, As Tensions Rise

Amid rising tensions with Russia, the U.S. defense chief said Washington and its allies may “adjust” the timing for fielding antimissile systems in Europe. For now, “we are continuing with our schedule with the enhanced adaptive approach to fulfill the commitments that we’ve made in the interests of Poland, Romania and our NATO partners,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday.

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