|California's Plan to Kill The Driverless Car
Instead of seeing driverless cars as a cheaper, safer, and more efficient mechanism to move people and goods, government bureaucrats are salivating at the possibility of inventing new and exciting ways to stifle innovation long before driverless cars even hit the market. As is so often the case, California leads the way.|
What does California propose? First, prospective "drivers" will need a special state-issued certificate to operate a driverless car. To get it, they will need to complete a training regimen offered and paid for by the company that produced the car.
And these companies will not even be allowed to sell the product. Driverless cars will only be ava... (more)
DARPA Aims For Brain Implants to Control Machines|
|An implantable neural chip being developed under a newly-announced program by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which will allow humans to directly communicate with computers and control them with just their mind.|
Besides the obvious military application, the device will open new possibilities for the treatment of different neural disorders, as well as potentially improving the lives of disabled people who are paralyzed, deaf or blind, DARPA claimed in a press-... (more)
Government Investment in Self-Driving Cars: Leading From Behind|
|The Obama administration announced that they were going to invest $4 billion in self-driving cars. Why? Private firms have already developed self-driving cars, and although none are available for purchase now, they are on their way with or without government involvement.|
Is this really a good use of our tax dollars? What investments can the governm... (more)
MIT: Incandescents Now More Efficient Than LEDs|
|Researchers at the MIT are publicizing that they have fixed the incandescent lightbulb with a brilliant improvement. They have wrapped the interior filament in a crystal glass that both bounces light and contains heat. It recycles energy in a way that addresses the main complaint against Edison's bulb: It burns far too much energy for the ... (more) |
First of Its Kind Study Shows No Impairment While Cycling — on Weed|
|As more and more states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, it will inevitably bring challenges to the criminal justice system. As of now, it seems that operating a vehicle under the influence of cannabis is treated the same as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.|
However, this is a faulty assumption for the state. As we reported earlier, a pioneering study found virtually no driving impairment under the influence of cannabis. This does not ... (more)
VIDEO: Spacex Launches Falcon 9, Successfully Lands Booster|
SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket carrying 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit. This mission also marked SpaceX's first successful landing of the first stage booster.
Bezos Beats Musk|
The New Shepard rocket blasted off from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site at 12:21pm CST (18.21 GMT), reached a suborbital altitude of 62 miles (100 km) and landed back at the launch site eight minutes later.
In suborbital spaceflight, rockets are not traveling fast enough to reach the speed required to counter the pull of Earth's gravity.
This means they re-ente... (more)
Sorry, George Carlin, Plastic Is Biodegradable|
|Remember George Carlin's hilarious skit about plastics? Here is the transcript:|
"The planet ... is a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it's true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth p... (more)
First of its Kind Study Finds Virtually no Driving Impairment Under the Influence of Marijuana|
|As cannabis prohibition laws crumble seemingly by the day, it's allowing more research to be performed on this psychoactive substance that has long been a part of the human experience.|
The first study to analyze the effects of cannabis on driving performance found that it caused almost no impairment. The impairment that it did cause was similar to that observed under the influence of a legal alcohol lim... (more)