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New science is the closest thing to magic needed to solve seemingly intractable problems in every domain from medicine and manufacturing to energy and the environment.

When Congress ‘Reins In’ Lawyers, Lawyers Always Win

Real Clear Politics There are still a handful of truths about America about which nearly everyone agrees. One is the centrality of innovation for future prosperity. This truth stretches back to the beginning of the nation. As every aspiring patent lawyer learns in first year, the Founding Fathers enshrined into the Constitution itself-not just in…

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

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…

LEDs Light Way to Nobel Prize

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…

The Future of Cars: Batteries Included?


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.

Five numbers reveal our energy future

USA Today When the newly elected Congress convenes in January, energy will be a priority. In fact energy is the “foundation” action item according to the just-released roadmap from Speaker of the House John Boehner. So this is a particularly good time to map out just how different the energy world is today, and will be in…