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Scott Gottlieb Confirmed as New FDA Commissioner

Physician, venture investor, and drug industry consultant Scott Gottlieb has been confirmed by the Senate as the new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb takes the helm of the agency that regulates products accounting for about 20 cents of every dollar of annual spending by U.S. consumers, that is, about $2.4 trillion in […]

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Should President Trump Keep His Promise to Cancel the Paris Agreement on Climate Change?

Michal Bednarek/DreamstimePresidential candidate Donald Trump promised to “cancel” the Paris Agreement on climate change during the campaign last year. Last week, during a rally to celebrate his first 100 days in office at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Trump declared that a “big decision” would be forthcoming in the next two weeks on the Paris Agreement. A big […]

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Transhumanism Is Not an Alt-Right Conspiracy!

As part of its special issue on the so-called alt-right, New York Magazine has published an especially dim-witted article attacking transhumanism entitled, “Techno-Libertarians Praying for Dystopia.” The author Mark O’Connell begins by going after Silicon Valley venture capitalist and wrong-headed Trump-supporter Peter Thiel who also happens to have some interest in how the technological Singularity […]

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Zuckerberg and Musk Aim to Make Telepathy a Reality

Telepathy can be defined as the communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses. Now Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg both seem to be aiming to provide humans with the ability to communicate directly brain-to-brain and brain-to-internet. Musk announced last month his new company Neuralink is working on a […]

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How Would You Behave If the World Was Ending?

Apparently most folks would be nicer to each other. Ronald Bailey|Mar. 22, 2017 4:40 pm Sdecoret/DreamstimeApparently most folks would be nicer to each other. At least that’s the conclusion reached by some researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo as they parsed data about player behavior in video game in which the […]

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Trump Administration to Review Obama-Era CAFE Standards

‘We’re going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again’ Ronald Bailey|Mar. 15, 2017 4:15 pm EPAOn its way out the door in January, the Obama administration rushed to lock in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards at 54.5 miles per gallon for light duty […]

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Climate Campaigner Bill McKibben’s Misleading Anti-Fracking Crusade

Climate campaigner Bill McKibben is against fracking shale to produce natural gas. In a new article, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry,” over at The Nation, McKibben claims that recent research suggests that leaking methane is offsetting the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions that come from switching from coal to gas to generate electricity. Burning methane […]

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20th Century Sea Level Rise Fastest in 2,800 Years

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is publishing two new studies on global sea level trends and their effects. The first study led by researchers at Rutgers University is based on their analysis of a new data set of regional relative sea level reconstruction that takes into account things like glacial rebound and […]

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