The second of the four goals formulated by Gerard K. O’Neill is to find (or rather create) an optimal living climate for all of humanity. Not surprisingly he spends a large portion of his book on orbital space settlements, discussing the internal design of space habitats in order to promote public well-being. Continue reading Public Green & Society
One of the negative externalities of the space age, is the debris resulting from abandoned satellites. Currently there about 128 million pieces of old spacecrafts floating around, pieces that are up to 10 cm in size. Though this does not seem threatening, the kinetic energy of these parts is so high, they can destroy operational satellites. Continue reading Fees against junk?
It has been quite some time since I read Henry George’s master piece. However, this post provides a good core of HG’s theory.
Henry George was an American political economist and journalist. His most famous work, Progress and Poverty (1879), sold millions of copies worldwide, probably more than any other American book before that time.
The book is a treatise on the questions of why poverty accompanies economic and technological progress and why economies exhibit a tendency toward cyclical boom and bust.
I want to stress that this was one of the most important books ever written. Only the Bible sold more copies than George!
I want to share my favorite parts. See if you notice how similar the problems of past are to the problems to today.
Introductory – The Problem
At the beginning of this marvelous era it was natural to expect, and it was expected, that labor-saving inventions would lighten the toil and improve the condition of the laborer; that the enormous increase in the power of producing wealth would…
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Earlier we discussed Michael Parker’s proposal to abolish business schools and to replace them with “schools for organizing”. Though it is unlikely that business school here on Earth will go out of business anytime soon (pun intended), space settlements will provide a unique opportunity to reinvent BS. Continue reading Rochdale School for Social Enterprise
The following article on ScienceDaily:
provides yet another, economic, argument in favor of universal healthcare system. The main argument of this study is that people dying from treatable conditions unnecessarily decreases a society’s labor force. And hence economic output is also diminished. Continue reading Another argument for Universal Healthcare
Education is an important issue in modern society. Hence it is important for policy makers to know what measures will improve the overall effectiveness of the school system. Continue reading School time
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are somatic cells that are reprogrammed into becoming stem cells and these can then become a wide range of cells and tissues. The ability to turn, say, skin cells into muscle or nerve cells is the foundation of the emerging field of regenerative medicine.
Though it is Easter, this post not about decorated food hidden by Leporidae but mammalian eggs. Continue reading Eggs, eggs, eggs