When it's time to shuffle off your mortal coil and find a place to spend eternity, there are plenty of futurific ways to do it — from screwdriver-like vertical burial, to cryogenic preservation, to the Best of What's New winner the Cryomator. Although it's not exactly new, there's just something extra special about the notion of being shot into space, returning to the star stuff from whence you came. Now the Commonwealth of Virginia would like to help you achieve this goal.
As we watch the future of the internet drastically moving toward wireless broadband access, a joint policy proposal by Verizon and Google could spell doom for openness on anything but the traditional wired web
Google and Verizon announced a joint vision for the future of net neutrality this afternoon--a plan that may wield significant influence in the ever-intensifying debate over who controls the internet and its content. The plan calls for strictly regulated openness for today's wireline broadband--the DSL or cable internet you likely have at home. But for wireless networks (read: the future), the story is different.
A major effort to push a climate change bill through Congress this summer died quietly Thursday evening, as Senate leaders said they would instead focus on legislation aimed at cleaning up the oil spill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is seeking re-election this fall in Nevada, said, "We know that we don't have the votes," the New York Times reports.
After listening to a week of testimony, the House Judiciary Committee has crafted two bills that seek to deal with the problem of cyber-bullying. One bill is a nuanced attempt to create a conversation between children, parents and school administrators about the proper use of technology, and the other is, well, not.
Finally, mental health is getting the respect it deserves.
Yesterday, Congress approved legislation that will compel employers and health insurers to provide the same benefits for mental illnesses as they do for physical ones. It hasn't been an easy bill to pass. For 15 years, the mental health bill has been stuck on the House and Senate floors, where it's been rewritten several times. Now, almost everyone is behind the legislation, including both parties, the President, businesses, insurance companies and the medical community. And the bill's advocates are thanking science for transforming the public's view of mental illness, which led to its passage. Representative Patrick Kennedy praised science for destroying "the myth that this stuff is a choice," according to a Washington Post article.
The myth may be busted, but that doesn't mean the legislation is a shoo-in.
The nation’s annual report card on ocean policy reveals dismal grades
By Osha Gray DavidsonPosted 05.19.2008 at 12:22 pm 1 Comment
Oil Spill in Huntington Beach, California;
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If you're like millions of Americans, summertime means heading to the beach with sunscreen and, of course, beach reading in tow. Along with the latest Grisham novel, you may want to bring along something a bit more serious: the current report by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI). It has all the elements of a good thriller—suspense, high-tech gadgetry, villains—and it can help preserve the marvels of the offshore world for future generations to enjoy.