A long time I was thinking of ways the government might help to promote the use of open-source software (OSS). Now I realize I was looking at the issue from the wrong side. Proprietary software depends on the enforcement of intellectual property rights by the government. Continue reading Opensource and taxation
The rubber tree (Hevea brasilienis) is the most important source of natural rubber. However, rubber trees might not be a suitable source for latex for space settlements, as it takes seven years for one tree to mature. Another issue with Hevea latex is that it contains proteins which cause allergic reactions in some people. Continue reading Latex for space settlements
Here the link to The Sun‘s article on the trade in Nepalese child slaves to the UK:
Some people have really no conscience at all.
The Guardian reports that the UK government is about to investigate allegations that the child survivors of the Nepalese earthquake have been sold into the UK as domestic slaves. Continue reading The horrible story of child slaves
Japanese scientist have created bioengineered skin that is almost as real as skin can get. This skin contains hair, glands and even nerves. The researchers mention two practical applications of their invention: better treatment of burn victims and as an alternative for animal testing. Continue reading Artificial skin