The end of liberal democracy and humanism? (Part 2)

Continued. from yesterday: Writer Huval Noah Harari sees three broad directions for humankind: 1. Humans will lose their economic and military usefulness, and the economic system will stop attaching much value to them. 2. The system will still find value in humans collectively but not in unique individuals. 3. The system will, however, find value …

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Government research on energy storage: some good news for a change

One of the challenges confronting the successful use of renewable energy, especially sunlight, is the storage of power. Now the US Department of Energy recently developed a brand new battery technology. The Energy Department’s research arm, called Arpa-E, was started in 2009 under Obama’s economic recovery plan to fund early- stage research into the generation …

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American cities and global climate change

Harvey may have been unprecedented, but it wasn’t unexpected. Houston frequently experiences flooding and experts have repeatedly warned that worse could be to come as the world gets warmer.And yet Houston was shockingly unprepared, not least because its flood control directors think talk of climate change is a plot to prevent development, and its planning …

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