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Announcing The Lawfare Drone Smackdown, Part Deux

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of Lawfare's current interns, Staley Smith, discovered a few days ago this site's illustrious history of practical robotics—that is to say organizing stunts that involve playing with robots as a way of exploring the security challenges and opportunities they pose.

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Saving California's Drought-Plagued Agriculture: More Crop For The Drop With GMOs

by Henry I. Miller, Kavin Senapathyvia Forbes
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As electronic highway signs implore Californians to “Save Water” and municipalities impose increasingly draconian conservation measures, we are seeing a phenomenon known as “drought-shaming”–the humiliation of water-wasters among both the rich and famous and more ordinary residents.

A Renewed Vision for Nuclear Risk Reduction

by Michael J. Mazzar
Monday, June 29, 2015

This essay argues that a new strategic era is emerging, one that is more multipolar, more grass roots-oriented, populated by a wider array of empowered actors, and characterized by greater degrees of identity-seeking rivalry and competition. The world community is moving from a relatively stable bipolar standoff to a much more complex and potentially dangerous multipolar rivalry based on almost continuous competition and conflict among state and non-state actors alike. In this context, the existing paradigm of nuclear security is increasingly mismatched to the demands of the emerging era. This report lays out the case for a new vision of nuclear risk reduction and offers a number of specific potential strategies to achieve its objectives.

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Authorities Grapple With Isis Recruiting Through Social Media

quoting Herbert Linvia
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

U.S. authorities have heightened concern over ISIS and the possibility of a domestic terror attack during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, with one part of that concern revolves around the terror group's ability to recruit sympathizers through social media and the internet.

Dry ground in the Sonoran Desert, Sonora,Mexico
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Genetic Engineering Can Decrease Crops’ Water Needs

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 26, 2015

To respond to the severe drought, we need more science-based, rational agricultural policies.

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With NSF Funds Limited, Is $697,177 For Climate Change Musical Worth It?

by Henry I. Millervia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 29, 2015

The National Science Foundation too often shortchanges American taxpayers by funding low-value, low-priority social science projects.

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Matt Ridley On Climate Change

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, June 29, 2015

Science writer and author Matt Ridley discusses climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts.


The Raisin Case: A Breeze Not A Wind Of Economic Freedom

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Saturday, June 27, 2015

The famous raisin case officially closed last week. As part of an old and ongoing government program to intervene in the raisin market to support the price, the government tried to take raisins away from a California raisin grower, Marvin Horne, and thus off the free market.

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Henderson On Epstein On Fossil Fuels

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, June 27, 2015

How can a practical case also be a moral case? Simple: if one's standard of value is human life, as Epstein says his is, then whatever enhances human life is moral. There are some problems around the edges of his argument, but in a big-picture sense it holds up.

Sidney Drell and Andrei Sakharov at Stanford, 1989
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The Man Who Spoke Truth To Power

by Sidney D. Drell, Jim Hoagland, George P. Shultzvia Foreign Affairs
Thursday, June 25, 2015

In the decades since Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan began working together to end the Cold War, much has changed.


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