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Space is Hard as Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences Can Attest

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October 31, 2014 - In one week we have seen two commercial space companies experience disasters. With Orbital Sciences it involved the loss of a rocket and resupply capsule destined for the International Space Station.

IBM Watson Can Save the World or Destroy It - the Perils of Misplaced AI

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October 30, 2014 - IBM is using its Jeopardy-winning technology to help with medical diagnostics. That's a good thing. It is also being used to help businesses make better decisions. Also a good thing.

Two Very Different Pictures: Orbital Sciences and SpaceX

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October 30, 2014 - Tuesday's failure of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with the Cygnus resupply module and a Planetary Resources satellite aboard paints a sharp contrast with the achievements at SpaceX, Elon Musk's private rocket company.

Latest Deepwater Horizon Reports Describe a Ring of Oil at the Bottom of the Gulf

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October 29, 2014 - We are learning so much about the consequences of mistakes made with deep-water drilling for oil because of the BP 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Democratization of Higher Education in the 21st Century

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October 29, 2014 - It occurred to me that I am part of a phenomenon in the 21st century that can only have happened because of the invention of the Internet - freely distributed information to advance knowledge.

The State of Germany's Move to "Energiewende"

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October 28, 2014 - The meaning of the German word "energiewende" is energy transition. Of all countries of the Developed World there is no doubt that Germany is transitioning faster to a low carbon economy than any other.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Power through Ultrasound to Become Ubiquitous if uBeam Succeeds

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October 27, 2014 - Imagine transmitting energy through the air to power everything in your home. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating electric current, predicted it would happen one day, but it is only now that we are seeing technologies that can do it.

China is Burning Less Coal in 2014 - a Good Sign?

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October 26, 2014 - For more than a decade China's coal consumption has increased 5 to 10% annually.

Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Part of New University of Texas Study

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October 25, 2014 - When the Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico some scientists speculated that it was inadvertent contact with frozen methane that precipitated the disaster.

European Union Plans to Cut Greenhouse Gases by 40% by 2030

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October 24, 2014 - The original goal was to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 20% from 1990 levels by the year 2020. But the

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