Shortly after the end of World War II, the scientists who developed the atomic bombs dropped on Japan tried to envision the kind of nuclear event that could lead to the destruction of not just cities, but the entire world.
Pan American Fertilizer Corp., a small TSX-Venture listed company with plans to get into the medical marijuana business in Uruguay, has more cash in its jeans than it thought it would have when it embarked on a fund raising two weeks back.
This week, the firm closed a private placement not with a planned $500,000 but $775,000. And given that the issuer has issued units (with each unit consisting of a common share plus half as share purchase warrant) there’s a chance that the company, may end up with almost another $600,000.
Acting Deputy Secretary Patrick Gallagher yesterday spoke
at the first-ever American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership
Summit in Washington, DC. Co-hosted by the Department of Energy's Energy
Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office and the Council on Competitiveness,
the first annual gathering brought together leaders from government, academia,
industry and more to address national priorities in energy and manufacturing.
In an increasingly competitive world, the United States must
invest in its best scientists,
researchers and entrepreneurs so that they innovate here, make things here, and
create good paying, high quality jobs for middle class families. The
Department of Commerce and its bureaus are supporting and fostering innovation at
all stages of product development, from original research through to final
Commerce’s Economic Development Agency has launched two
grant challenges, the i6
Challenge and the Advanced
Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, to move ideas from the lab and
shop floor to the marketplace at an accelerated rate. Supporting this work is
the Regional Innovation Acceleration
Network, a web-based tool to help economic development professionals promote
entrepreneurship, business development, and technology commercialization in
In April 2010, the Commerce Department launched the Internet
Policy Task Force to ensure that the Internet remains open for innovation.
In doing so, it has produced the Consumer
Privacy Bill of Rights, made important steps forward for a National Strategy for Trusted Identities in
Cyberspace, started a conversation about privacy
concerns within mobile apps, and worked
to combat Botnets that threaten internet security. To ensure continued Internet
security, Commerce has opened a Cybersecurity Center of
I’ve been asked a few times what I think of the Kerry/Lugar startup visa bill designed to create a special immigration category for foreigners who want to come here and start a business. My answer is basically the same as Annie Lowrey’s—this is a find idea but far too restrictive thanks to “inflexible rules about sales, capital investment, and job creation.”
By Dylan Matthews
Besides their apparent inability to spot a scientific consensus in plain view, the thing that puzzles me the most about climate change deniers is why, exactly, they think those trying to stop climate change are so invested in doing so. Bret Stephens, in a particularly tendentious denialist column in the Wall Street Journal, thinks he's got the answer:
Way back when, before 1936, Alvin Hansen carried the torch. These days, don't listen to what they say, watch what they do:
Harvard announced Thursday that it would indefinitely suspend construction on a high-tech science complex in the Allston neighborhood of Boston because of money problems.