Revisiting Street Intersections Using Slot-Based Systems

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This is cool.  Autonomous vehicles communicate with each other so when they brake one will know the other is doing and respond appropriately.  That means that rear end collisions will be all but impossible.  At an intersection, each car would know exactly where the other cars are, so why would we need traffic lights? The algorithms have been developed, as this …

Populism and demagoguery

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One of the characteristics of the current election cycle is the rise of populism.  In modern political science,  here is the definition. “[Populism] pits a virtuous and homogeneous people against a set of elites and dangerous ‘others’ who are together depicted as depriving (or attempting to deprive) the sovereign people of their rights, values, prosperity, identity, and voice” ((Albertazzi, Daniele; …

Legal marijuana causes Mexican drug cartel revenues to plummet – San Antonio Express-News

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When you look at this, ask yourself, “who was causing the deaths and the drug war in Mexico?” My answer is “the US.” Many predicted that legalizing pot would have this effect. Marijuana legalization may have accomplished what the War on Drugs has failed to do – put the squeeze on Mexican drug cartel activity. Source: Legal marijuana causes Mexican …

Watch 26 Years of Arctic Ice Disappear in Seconds – YouTube

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This is a lovely video of the Arctic sea ice disappearing. The age of the ice is especially important. Watch the white and you can see it disappearing. The oldest ice is, generally, the thickest. Notice as well the darkest part. That is ice, so you can’t go through it with an ordinary boat, but it too, is diminishing.  Global …

Daredevil Drone Flies through the Trees Like an Ace

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Soon, this is how Google and Amazon will be delivering your packages. For the narcissistic, you can have a drone following you and recording every move. Then your Facebook page would be really, really boring (unless, of course, you are attractive and naked).  When an autonomous drone becomes completely autonomous, I wonder if we will have to start wearing drone …