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02/20/2012 - 12:00pm

The United States has lost 28% of its jobs in high tech since its peak in 2000, claims a study released recently by the National Science Board. This means 687,000 positions have been lost. Why has this happened?

I’ve lived near Silicon Valley for three decades. I’ve always regarded the high-tech hub as a permanent dynamo in the USA economy, an employment source for it’s citizens, and ground zero for the future’s scientific breakthroughs. Imagine my surprise when I queried a “headhunter” recently who informed me that times-are-a’-changing; high-tech is migrating to Asia, and why be surprised? A huge percent of SV jobs are already filled by immigrants from that continent…...

02/20/2012 - 12:00pm

I hate what I’ve learned about Apple’s outsourcing to China. I hate hearing Professor William Black explain why he believes that Steve Jobs, who I admired very much in some ways, must have ignored repeated reports that employees were being cheated and endangered.

I hate knowing that Apple’s business practices are destroying the kind of good middle-class job his adoptive father had....

02/20/2012 - 12:00pm

The United States has lost 28% of its jobs in high tech since its peak in 2000, claims a study released recently by the National Science Board. This means 687,000 positions have been lost. Why has this happened?

I’ve lived near Silicon Valley for three decades. I’ve always regarded the high-tech hub as a permanent dynamo in the USA economy, an employment source for it’s citizens, and ground zero for the future’s scientific breakthroughs. Imagine my surprise when I queried a “headhunter” recently who informed me that times-are-a’-changing; high-tech is migrating to Asia, and why be surprised? A huge percent of SV jobs are already filled by immigrants from that continent…...

02/19/2012 - 2:10am

Reality is big. So our optimism must be confined to sentient beings in our forward light-cone. But I tentatively predict that the last experience below “hedonic zero” will be a precisely dateable event several hundred years hence. Here are five grounds for cautious optimism:

1)  We Shall Soon Be Able To Choose Our Own Level Of Pain-Sensitivity...

02/19/2012 - 2:00am

The practice of ritual killing [1] and human sacrifice [2] continues to take place in several African countries in contravention of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and other human rights instruments. In this 21st century, human beings are still being hunted down, mutilated, murdered or sacrificed for ritual purposes across the region. Several cases of kidnapping and disappearance of persons [3] are traced to the vicious schemes and activities of ritualists. In most cases, those targeted for ritual sacrifice are vulnerable members of the population — the  poor, women, children[4], the aged and people with disabilities.[5]

Ritualists hunt for and harvest human body parts to prepare charms and magical concoctions. In some cases desperate ritualists invade cemeteries and exhume dead bodies[6] to extract body parts....

02/19/2012 - 2:00am
We recently learned that a friend of the IEET, Dominique Mainon, lost her battle with cancer several weeks ago. In her memory we repost this interview Dominique, screenwriter, filmmaker and author of, among others, Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies, Femme Fatale: Cinema’s Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies, and The Modern Amazons: Warrior Women On-Screen.  (First broadcast December 2009)
02/19/2012 - 1:52am
Interview with Professor Rod Flower FRS, chair of the Royal Society’s new report. Scientists hopeful our understanding of the human brain will improve the lives and performance of the UK’s armed forces. A report published 7 February by the Royal Society aims to debunk some common myths surrounding how militaries might use this type of research.
02/18/2012 - 6:56am

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center has lost yet another formally adjudicated futility dispute.  In 2008, Douglas DeGuerre was a patient at Sunnybrook (the source of many recent futility disputes like the Rasouli case now pending before the Supreme Court of Canada).  He died there after providers write a unilateral DNR order.

In 2008, Dr. C. (Martin Chapman) wrote a DNR order without DeGuerre’s or his surrogate’s consultation or permission.  Dr. L. (Donald Livingstone) cosigned that order.  Apparently, the surrogate (Wawrzyniak) had requested full code.  But Dr. C. determined that it was an error to note “full code” on this patient’s chart.  So, he reinstated the DNR order.  Dr. C. had intended to discuss this with the surrogate.  But the patient’s condition deteriorated more quickly than expected – “events overtook our usual processes of communication.”...

02/18/2012 - 6:15am
Enzymes like Telomerase and Resveratro offer tantalizing clues to how we might someday soon unravel the aging process.
02/18/2012 - 5:24am

A space-based solar power (SSP) system capable of meeting the energy needs of millions of people could be “deployed within a decade using technologies that are today in the laboratory,” says John C. Mankins, a former manager of the Advanced Concepts Studies Office of Space Flight for NASA and widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on space-based solar power.

On Monday (November 14th) Mankins took to the podium of the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C. to reveal the findings of a new report Space Solar Power: The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward (IAA, 2011)....