Tag: Science

A Harvard First that the University Rarely Touts »

In 1943, a team of chemists at Harvard University led by Louis Fieser produced napalm, and thereby beat out competing teams at DuPont and Standard Oil in a government competition for its development. Like many scientists who have worked on weapons development for the government, Fieser was unapologetic, even when the U.S. military’s use of…
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Remember Those 2001 Anthrax Attacks? »

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Americans were gripped by hysteria, unsure of where and when the next attack might come. Nothing contributed to this climate of fear as did the anthrax attacks that began exactly one week after the Twin Towers fell. Five were killed, seventeen others were infected, and letters containing the…
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Morris David Morris (February 10, 1921 – March 12, 2011) »

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Morris David Morris, who was my colleague in the Department of Economics at the University of Washington for thirteen of the fifteen years I spent there. Morris was my closest personal friend on the faculty at the UW, notwithstanding our differences of age, background, experience,…
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Happy Birthday, Ronald Coase and Thank You for Our Logo! »

Ronald H. Coase, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Economic Science, turns 100 today, still publishing. As The Economist magazine pointed out in its recent tribute to his work on firms: He has long chided his fellow economists for scrawling hieroglyphics on blackboards rather than looking at what it actually takes to run…
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C-SPAN to Air Independent Policy Forum: “Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in America” »

C-SPAN2’s Book TV will air the Independent Institute’s Policy Forum, “Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in America,” that was held in Washington, D.C., and features Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson and his new Institute book, The New Holy Wars. Dr. Nelson is joined by Steven F. Hayward (F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow, American Enterprise Institute) and…
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Travelers (Especially Men and Children), Beware: Urgent Warning from Scientists on TSA Machines’ Radiation »

Scientists are calling into question the research cited by—and commissioned by—government officials regarding the relative risks posed to travelers subjected to full body scanners’ radiation. Independent scientists find the actual radiation exposure is 10 times TSA estimates, and argue that the health risks aren’t mathematically worth taking: [Arizona State University, Tempe physics] Prof. Peter…
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Top Physicists Protest the Corruption of Science »

As reported in the London Telegraph, the highly respected physicist Harold Lewis has sent a scathing letter of resignation to the American Physical Society (APS) protesting the corruption of science as a result of the politicization of climate research and as he states, “the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so…
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California Diesel Law Based on Gross Overestimate »

The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that the California Air Resources Board overestimated pollution from off-road diesel vehicles by 340 percent. The agency had used that estimate as the basis for tighter emission regulations, adopted in 2007, that applied to bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts, and other heavy-duty diesel machinery. Those controls halted the use…
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Regime Uncertainty: Reports Keep Coming In »

Each summer, Wall Street strategist Byron Wien convenes a meeting of high rollers to discuss the outlook for investment. This year’s meeting brought together fifty individuals, including more than ten billionaires. Their expectations, as reported by CNBC, are gloomy: “They saw the United States in a long-term slow growth environment with the near-term risk of recession quite…
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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism, Part 3 (Final) »

Here Is the Final Part Continued from Part 2: Part 1 Scientism For Lewis, science should be a quest for knowledge, and his concern was that in the modern era science is too often used instead as a quest by some for power over others. Lewis did not dispute that science is an immensely…
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