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  • 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...
  • Human Achievement of the Day: Autonomous Vehicles, from Imagination to Reality

    March 26, 2014
    [caption id="attachment_55209" align="alignright" width="300"]CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman about to take a spin in the Google car. (Photo by Marc Scribner) CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman about to take a spin in a Google self-driving car in May 2012. (Photo by Marc Scribner)[/caption] As we prepare for another Human Achievement Hour (this Saturday, March 29, 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm), we at CEI are examining some of the latest, greatest innovations that will make the future even freer and more prosperous. One massively transformative technology currently in development is the autonomous vehicle, known more widely as "driverless" or "self-driving" cars. Google's prototype has been...
  • Human Achievement of the Day: Breakthrough toward Unlimited Clean and Cheap Energy

    March 25, 2014
    sun-epaShocking as it might seem, some of us at CEI agree with environmentalists that reducing personal waste is a good idea. Voluntarily reducing our individual energy consumption and waste material can have a number of benefits, including saving your household money! However, we also believe that the solutions to global environmental issues will not come from taxes or limitations on consumption, but rather from scientific advancement—whether it’s finding new ways to feed the world, methods of providing unlimited clean...
  • Kicking off Human Achievement Hour 2014

    March 24, 2014
    Annually since 2009, my colleague Michelle Minton has organized a celebration of economic liberty for one hour at the end of March, known as Human Achievement Hour. (See here, here, here, and here.) This year, the holiday falls on Saturday, March 29, from between 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in your respective time zone. Observing Human Achievement Hour is about paying tribute to the human innovations that have allowed people around the globe to live better, fuller lives, while also defending the basic human right to use energy to...
  • Good News to Share Over the Holidays: The World Is Getting Better

    December 2, 2013
    In the middle of this holiday season my colleague Stephanie Rugolo over at the Cato's new project,, is spreading cheer by getting out the word about the improving human condition. She offered these thoughts which I'd like to share:

    Good News to Share Over the Holidays: The World Is Getting Better

    You’ve heard it all before, “The world is becoming increasingly violent,” “Work-related injuries are on the rise,” “Soon, we’ll have no more forests.” As it turns out, pessimism is often at odds with the real world. Long term trends for nearly every indicator of human progress are positive. For instance, forest coverage in rich countries is increasing in line with the Environmental Kuznets Curve. This trend will hopefully continue in the developing world as...
  • Human Achievement Of The Day: Bionic Eye Restores Sight To The Blind

    March 12, 2013
    Curing vision problems has long been the domain of science fiction, but a recent breakthrough turns fiction into reality. The aptly named Second Sight Medical Products has created the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, a bionic implant designed to restore vision to those suffering from a rare genetic condition known as retinitis pigmentosa. Now individuals suffering from the most advanced stages of this condition have a chance to regain their sight. What is retinitis pigmentosa? Inside our eyes are millions of photo-receptors, where each  individual photo-receptor works in unison to translate the light received by our eyes into information, which the brain then processes to produce an image of the world around us. Without photo-...
  • Human Achievement Of The Day: Using HIV To Cure Leukemia

    March 7, 2013
    The title of the Vimeo video below is “Fighting Fire with Fire,” which conveys fairly well what doctors from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) did when they used the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to reprogram the T-cells of a 7 year old girl in order to cure her of leukemia.

    Fire With Fire | Ross Kauffman from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

    Pediatric oncologist Stephan A. Grupp of CHOP and his colleagues presented the updated results of their clinical...


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