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Innovation can’t be forced, but it can be quashed

Our favorite rational optimist Matt Ridley is back with more interesting writing. “To solve 21st-century problems, innovators need the freedom to experiment without the burden of overregulation and the abuse of intellectual property rights by vested interests.” | learn more

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Universities are in trouble

“Schools should expect a 15% decline in enrollment next fall and a $45 billion decline in revenue from tuition, room and board and other services, according to the American Council on Education, the nation’s largest advocacy group for colleges and […]

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It’s time to build says Marc Andreessen

The cofounder of esteemed venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz published this excellent essay recently. “There is only one way to create the future we want for our own children and grandchildren, and that’s to build.” I couldn’t agree more! As […]

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Washington’s farewell address from 1796

Speaking from that past, our first President has some incredibly timely warnings about the dangers of political parties! “Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the […]

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Planet plastic

“Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once, according to a landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances.” | learn more

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Protein from outer space discovered for the first time

Slow down–this does not mean aliens exist. However, it does signal the building blocks of Earth life may have come from space. “Named hemolithin, the new protein contains iron and lithium and may play an important role in seeding life […]