But despair not, as all is not lost. While there is no way of ridding the political world of corruption, several factors can diminish the volume and severity of corruption. The keys seem to be a) strict laws that are enforced and have high penalties; b) transparency; c) a culture that insists on and rewards honesty; d) independent courts and prosecutors; e) an independent free press; f) an active, informed and engaged citizenry; and g) institutional controls on power
A cleverly designed survey released this week by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics asked respondents ages 18 to 29 to choose between pairings of issues to determine which ones they felt were more important. Among domestic issues, creating jobs almost always won, while combating climate change almost never did. Immigration is also a losing issue (except when paired with climate change), while access to affordable health care is a winner.
古川機工株式会社 SWITL -- an impressive "robot hand" tool developed by factory equipment manufacturer Furukawa Kikou -- seems to defy the laws of nature by picking up deposits of gels, sauces and other soft semi-liquids without smearing them or altering their shape. This demo video shows how well the tool handles mayonnaise and ketchup.
In a message posted on its Web site, Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre warned that the virus is potentially more harmful than the 2010 Stuxnet virus, which destroyed several centrifuges used for Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. In contrast to Stuxnet, the newly identified virus is designed not to do damage but to secretly collect information from a wide variety of sources.
While scientists continue to monitor climate change and the cause and effect on the environment, a new study from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory looks at the global water cycle and describes changing patterns of salinity in the world’s oceans over a 50 year period. Their findings suggest changes are occurring faster than previous models predicted and they believe the redistribution of rainfall will affect food availability, stability, access and utilization.
In the American art world, corporations are people, my friend. Within the last five years the trend of collectives-as-commercial-entities has become increasingly prevalent as a prominent influence within the contemporary art market. And these groups are corporatizing. Faced with the shifting sands of sustainability within the fickle realm of creative practice, many artists bound together in their process of production have begun to enact the hierarchies of corporate business infrastructure
He points out that even if the United States does become the world’s biggest producer of oil, natural gas and biofuels by 2020 — an impressive achievement, for sure — we’d still be importing 22 percent of our foreign oil and gas from places like the Middle East. And to put that in perspective, that would still leave the U.S. more dependent on foreign energy than it was back in 1973, when OPEC oil shocks were kneecapping the economy.
The first problem is laid out in the chapter "Missing Contexts": the fact that many researchers fail to consider that their measurements of brains, behavior and self-reported experience are profoundly influenced by their subjects' culture, class and experience, as well as by the situation in which the research is conducted. This is not a new concern, but it takes on a special urgency in this era of high-tech inspired biological reductionism.