Continued here: New Scientist (2 August 2017)Comment: quantum computing (as opposed to quantum communications) is the focus of much research because (entanglement aside) it primarily moves us from two digital states (0+1) to three (0-middle-1) but most punters overlook the requisite liquid nitrogen cooling tanks. It seems to me that memristor-based technology (with 7 or more states) might be a better candidate for certain applications like neural nets and artificial intelligence. Sci-fi author, Isaac Asimov, employed the phrase "positronic brain" as at literary device meaning "fill in the blank". I wonder if memristor technology could fill this roll
continued here: New Scientist (13 September 2017)Comment: with cheap labor -AND- cheap energy, what chance will Trump have to bring manufacturing jobs to America?
Neil deGrasse Tyson on: Science, Abraham Lincoln, Immigrants, Immigrant Nobel Prizes, Protectionism, Science Denial, and the Fading of America (this side of Y2K)
Continued here: New Scientist (12 August 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHPfAtPiXXs (5:58 video)I post this because the rise of Christian religious fundamentalism in North America appears to be following a similar path to that of Islam after Al-Ghazali a millennia ago. Does any rational person believe that a deity will answer prayers to save us from ourselves? It is more likely that we are meant to use the natural gifts we have been given to workout solutions for ourselves.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvkBlpfbFJM (13:45 video)
Trailer: A plastic Ocean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw
Continued here: New Scientist (22 June 2017)comment: following a far-right political philosophy, the Trump administration is partially defunding government support of federal organizations like NOAA, NASA, NIH (national institute of health) and the CDC (center for disease control) deferring to individual states. Are we to assume it would be more efficient for each state to have their own versions of NOAA, NASA, NIH and CDC? Just think of how much money would be wasted in duplication.
Continued here: New Scientist (22 February 2017)
Continued here: Religion in politics
Isaac Asimov PhD
Carl Sagan PhD
(Astronomy and Astrophysics)
Arthur C Clark (B.Math)
--- xxx ---While on this topic, here is an essay titled The “Threat” of Creationism published in the 1984 book Science and Creationism.