February 18th, 2015

Manhattan Institute Policy Paper In the modern era, basic scientific research—a “public good,” often involving the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake—has been foundational to innovation and thus, to economic growth and social progress. Fostering yet more open-ended research will give rise to the fundamental breakthroughs needed to revolutionize everything from health care and security to energy and the environment. But overall, U.S. leadership in basic research is slipping. Read More

Energy Realities “At This Moment,” And How We Got Here

January 21st, 2015

The Daily Caller There was a certain surreal disconnect in the State Of The Union address last night. President Obama set the stage early on: “At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production  —  we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.” Read More

LEDs Light Way to Nobel Prize

January 9th, 2015

Real Clear Science -- co-author Julio Ottino Few inventions are as emblematic of modernity as artificial illumination.  Even today access to artificial light epitomizes the separation of a billion poor from the rest of humanity. Thus it is fitting that the 2015 Draper Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering -- for “significant improvement in the well-being and freedom of humanity” -- was awarded this week to five individuals for inventing the revolutionary light emitting diode (LED). Read More

The Future of Cars: Batteries Included?

December 1st, 2014

RealClearPolitics Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, has done what GM couldn’t when, 20 years ago, EV1 was introduced as the first (failed) mainstream, all-electric car. Tesla has moved electric vehicles (EVs) from cult to elite status. Seductively designed and impressively engineered, the nearly $100,000 Tesla is a must-own for one-percenters. Read More