Napoleon Bonaparte's disastrous invasion of Russia during the brutally cold winter of 1812 might have gone a lot better if only he'd known about the chemical properties of tin. "The buttons that were on his jacket were made out of tin," says materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez. "When it gets really cold, tin undergoes a chemical … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? Napoleon’s Buttons And Our Crazy Problem With Science
Looks pretty peaceful doesn't it? I love our part of the Connecticut shoreline. On most days the waters from Long Island Sound are calm and there is a lovely balance between sky, land and sea. But what if this picture were to change in the years to come with dramatic sea level rise and climate … Continue reading The Best Argument I’ve Heard To Turn Climate Skeptics Into Believers
My friends and family sometimes tease me about being an optimist - seeing the world as a better place than it really is. Well, last week the guy here in the photo turned me into a gloomy pessimist about the dangers of hacking and the data theft. Unless our security systems get better fast, … Continue reading Hacking, Data Theft, And Why Adam Levin Scared the S**t Out of Me
President Obama’s “Amazing Grace” eulogy (from ABC News coverage)
It’s been a long time since you could say it was a good week for President Obama.
And for good measure, this was also one for the history books.
In addition to two sweeping Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, the President scored a crucial win in Congress, thanks mostly to well-organized support by Republicans. He gained full authority to negotiate a sweeping Asia free-trade agreement. After all the gloom and gridlock of late it was enough to make your head turn.
At the end of the week Obama flew to Charleston, South Carolina to deliver a moving, rousing and eloquent eulogy toRev. Clementa Pinckney, who wasmurdered nine days before at the historic church he led.
The President is very good at this: much better at giving speeches and presiding over somber public ceremonies than the daily grind of…
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President Obama's "Amazing Grace" eulogy (from ABC News coverage) It's been a long time since you could say it was a good week for President Obama. And for good measure, this was also one for the history books. In addition to two sweeping Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, the President scored a … Continue reading President Obama’s Amazing Grace Eulogy, and the Power of Love at Emanuel AME Church
Developmental Psychologist Abigail Baird... Our first guest on our new podcast. This is launch day, and there's excitement in our house. I'm writing this on the morning of June 10th, two months to the day since I moved on from full-time employment as Business Correspondent and news anchor at ABC News Radio to work … Continue reading Lessons I learned from “How Do We Fix It?” Podcast #1
"Republicans stand a slim chance of winning the presidency in 2016 - unless they nominate a transformational candidate who can dramatically broaden the GOP's appeal," warns conservative polling expert Whit Ayers in the Wall Street Journal. He makes a surprisingly strong case.Mitt Romney won nearly 60% of white voters in 2012, but still lost the election … Continue reading Why demography may change the Republican Party
Fascinating... How the market for podcasts is growing.
(credit: taser.com) There is no video of the police shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This stark fact could lead to changes soon at many police departments across the country. Deprived of the facts about exactly what happened, raw emotions play a heightened role in the debate. People have very different … Continue reading Will this Wearable Video Camera Help Police-Community Relations After Ferguson?
(Photo Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Motorists are about to get a price break from the soaring cost of gas. New claims for unemployment benefits are close to a 7-year-low. Businesses plan to hire more workers. Call me a Pollyanna, but I think the US economy is ready for stronger growth. And after years of flat-ling, living … Continue reading Count ’em! Signs the economy is ready for liftoff