A mass driver is a device that uses a linear motor to accelerate a mass to high-speed, hence the name. Electromagnetic catapult is another name for mass driver and refers to physical principles behind this system. Continue reading Solar sails or mass drivers?
The principles of classical republicanism are as follows: Continue reading The principles of classical republicanism
An interesting article on animal rights.
This essay summarizes the recent series of New York State cases that were filed by the Non Human Rights Project (NhRP) petitioning to have four chimpanzees released from their owners. NhRP’s primary intent was to have the chimpanzees recognized as human-like beings with a common law right to liberty — to be recognized as autonomous and self-determining beings that cannot be legally considered as property.  The summary includes a discussion on the Hohfieldian system of legal rights that was relied upon by the petitioners.
At the end of 2013 NhRP filed three separate writ of habeas corpus petitions on behalf of four chimpanzees — Tommy, Kiko, and Hercules and Leo. The chimpanzees were chosen from different areas of New York state so that they could be filed in different circuits, increasing the chances of a positive outcome. At the time of the filings Tommy was held…
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Most people will be familiar with portable vacuum cleaners, but those are not the only type of vacuum cleaners. A central vacuum cleaner is a fixed structure that collects dirt through pipes in the walls. In order to use such system each room needs one or more vacuum inlets – one has to put the hose on the inlet. Continue reading Should central vacuum cleaners be mandatory?
Around the world underground waste containers are an increasingly common feature of the street scene. These containers allow people to dispose of their domestic waste when needed rather than having to wait for the garbage truck. Continue reading Waste collection in space settlements
It cannot be said too often that the word republic is derived from res publica, which is Latin for general welfare, the public good or the common wealth. Consequently the principal aim of a republican government is to pursue public rather than private interests. Continue reading Lobbyism versus republicanism
State-owned enterprises are a central feature of state capitalism. Though there are many reasons why the state would own certain businesses, in a state capitalist society the prime function of a SOE is to generate revenue for the government. Continue reading The Mordan Domestic Investment Fund
Scientists at Stanford University (US) have developed a battery based on aluminum instead of lithium. According to the researchers their battery is fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive, which are desirable properties of a battery. Continue reading Developments in battery technology