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Iowa is Creating the Digital Drivers License for Smart Phones

December 16th, 2014 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Iowa residents may become the first in the U.S. to use a smartphone mobile app as their driver’s license. The Iowa Department of Transportation wants to let drivers keep an electronic version of a license on an app, in addition (or in lieu of) the traditional plastic one you’d keep in a wallet.



FAA Drags Feet on Drone Rulings

December 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Many new drones are now making their debut – Image by media.salon.com In August, the Federal Aviation Administration missed a key deadline for developing rules for small commercial drones. That failure has infuriated businesses that want to test and use drones for delivering goods, monitoring crops and doing other awesome things. Some have even threatened […]



The Future of Cryptocurrency

December 12th, 2014 at 5:16 am » Comments Off

 Matt Bernier at the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” talking about the future of cryptocurrencies The first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was created in 2009 by a mysterious developer using the pseudo-name Satoshi Nakamoto. In 2010, the secretive Satoshi handed the reigns of Bitcoin over to Gavin Andresen, a like-minded developer who now manages the operation along […]



Google’s secret alliance with the NSA

December 3rd, 2014 at 8:08 am » Comments Off

Engineers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, back in mid-December 2009, began to suspect that hackers in China had obtained access to private Gmail accounts. Those accounts included those used by Chinese human rights activists opposed to the government in Beijing.    



Not since 1966 has the federal government’s workforce been so small

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The shrinking government workforce doesn’t mean that government spending is at record lows. It’s hard to believe the federal government now employs the fewest people since the mid-1960s. Yet according to jobs report earlier this month, the federal government now employs 2,711,000 people (excluding non-civilian military). Among the economy’s largest job sectors, it was the only […]



Will Bitcoin become a policy issue for the U.S. Congress?

November 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Digital currency may soon become an issue that could unite US politicians. Recent US Congresses have been some of the least productive in the country’s history, and the 113th Congress has been no different. The sheer number of policy-related issues tabled since January 2013 has put the current Congress on pace to become the least productive in […]



India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency. Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure […]



You can go to college in Germany for free no matter where you are from

October 21st, 2014 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Germany didn’t just abolish tuition for Germans, the ban goes for international students, too. Lower Saxony has made itself the final state in Germany to do away with any public university tuition whatsoever. As of now, all state-run universities in the Federal Republic—legendary institutions that put the Bildung in Bildungsroman, like the Universität Heidelberg, the Universität München, or the Humboldt-Universität zu […]



U.S. Navy develops robot boats that can swarm enemy forces

October 13th, 2014 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

The swarm detects the enemy vessel with radar and infrared sensors. The U.S. Navy has been testing a large-scale swarm of autonomous boats designed to overwhelm enemies according to reports from Jeremy Hsu. In the test, a large ship that the Navy sometimes calls a high-value unit, HVU, is making its way down the river’s thalweg, escorted by […]



Do states with no income tax save residents money?

October 13th, 2014 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

A state might have no income tax, but it might make up for that through other taxes. If you’re thinking about moving to a new location, it’s reasonable to seek out spots that might cost you less. Thus many people turn to states with no income tax. However, there’s more to the picture than income taxes. […]



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