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  • U.N.'s Narrative of Fear on Climate Change

    March 31, 2014
    In their latest report on climate change, officials at the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once again fail to address important developments in climate science that conflict with their narrative of fear. (See: Threat from global warming heightened in latest U.N. report)
  • CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    March 31, 2014
    64 new regulations, from refrigerators to Korean chicken.
  • Why and How I'm Celebrating Human Achievement Hour

    March 29, 2014

    "Better to light one incandescant bulb than curse the darkness"

    Tonight is Human Achievement Hour, a time to celebrate human progress and the market institutions that facilitate and protect it. It's also a time to laugh at the regressive ideology that implores us to turn out the lights to honor the Earth. Hence the wonderful acronym for our cheerful occasion: HAH!

    Our friends at CFACT nail the contrast between our event and the other team's when they proclaim: "It's always Earth Hour in North Korea."

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  • Human Achievement of the Day: Hydrogen Power from Plants

    March 29, 2014
    zhangEarly in the week I wrote about a major breakthrough toward the peaceful use of nuclear fusion. While that type of energy could drastically change human life on earth by providing bountiful clean and safe energy, it is, unfortunately, likely decades away from being commercially viable. Fear not because there are armies of researchers working around the world to find other affordable alternatives to fossil fuels that will help humanity cruise into the future. In this past year, one group of scientists have discovered...
  • Interested in co-authoring a law review article?

    March 28, 2014
    I keep a list of law review articles I'd like to write. That list has grown to thirteen, ten of which are about class action settlements. The problem is that the time it would take me to write a law review article by myself would take away from my litigating time, and I'm already in a position where I can't prosecute every appeal I would like to prosecute. There are hundreds of professors writing law review articles, and only one non-profit focusing on enforcing the law of class-action settlement fairness, so comparative advantage suggests that I shouldn't change my mind about this. But perhaps you're an academic or an aspiring academic who'd like to build upon the skeleton of my outlines and ideas and jump through the hoops of submitting to law reviews. Happy to have your name go first so long as you take the laboring oar on the second draft. Drop me a line if you're interested.
  • Human Achievement of the Day: Bionic Eyes

    March 28, 2014
    You won’t see the glory of human achievement if you abide by the World Wide Fund for Nature's recommendation that you spend an hour in the dark this Saturday night to allegedly "show your commitment to a better future." Rather than take that anti-technology approach, why not leave the lights on and celebrate human achievement, including a new invention that will help even blind people see? Once only imagined in the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man or the 1990s Star Trek: The Next Generation, 2013 saw the introduction of real bionic eyes! Created by Second Sight Medical Products Inc...
  • Human Achievement of the Day from HumanProgress.org: Organ Replacement Technology

    March 27, 2014
    We are only three days away from Human Achievement Hour (March 29, 8:30pm to 9:30pm)! What better way to celebrate than with a post from our friends at HumanProgress.org. Stephanie Rugolo, HumanProgress’s managing editor, is spreading the good news about how far humankind has come by discussing some of the recent developments in organ replacement technology. Since this is a perfect example of how technological advancement benefits human life on earth, I wanted to share her insights:
    Medical breakthroughs are giving hope to hundreds of thousands of people waiting for organ transplants. There are 120,000 people waiting for organ transplants in...
  • CEI Podcast for March 27, 2014: Bait and Reciprocal Switch

    March 27, 2014
    CEI Fellow Marc Scribner talks about his new paper, “Bait and Reciprocal Switch: Forced Access Regulation Threatens the Rail Renaissance.”
  • Human Achievement of the Day: 3D Printing Cups, Cars, Houses, and Faces

    March 27, 2014
    3D printing is a relatively recent technological development that has already begun to revolutionize model-building, structural and other medical procedures, and construction of items from toys to houses. Also called additive manufacturing (as contrasted with subtractive processes, that is, machining), 3D printing uses digital instructions produced through computer-aided design (CAD) software to create an item by “printing” it in layers using a variety of materials – powders, plastic, ceramics, etc. With ink-jet-type print heads, the materials are extruded layer by layer according to the design. In its early applications, 3D printing was principally used for creating prototypes or models of larger objects. With 3D printing, those prototypes could be built with greater precision and speed and allow for quick modifications in the design. Rapid prototyping developed during the 1980s and...
  • Sneaky Regulation? Federal Agencies Issue over 24,000 "Public Notices" Annually

    March 26, 2014
    A mixed economy like ours does not remain static. Economic activity increasingly shifts toward government outright (health care, retirement, education) or exists under "Mother-May-I" constraints like energy production does. The greatest threat to job creation, wealth and prosperity is that we extend these anti-freedom regulatory policies into tomorrow's innovations in communications, robotics/automation, manufacturing, and sciences and technology. When more and more activity falls within the ambit of government rather than that of private competitive enterprise, rules and regulations, executive orders and “notices” take on ominous new significance. This is worsened by policymakers continually dodging the constitutional imperative that an elected body (Congress) create legislation. Newly significant too are President Barack Obama's "pens," "phones" and "years of...

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