Technology & The Future

Space Exploration

February 11 2003

The tragic loss of life in the space shuttle Columbia disaster brings up an important question. "How important is this exploration of outer space and is it worth the soaring cost -- more than 100 billion dollars and the risk" A lot of finger pointing is going on to place blame for the loss of Columbia and its crew. I would submit that you can't spend enough money to make shooting into space more than 200,000 miles a safe journey. It's not like driving down the street to the grocery store.

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Biotechnology & Food

January 25 2000

The uncertainty swirling around biotechnology and genetically engineered products just seems to get more intense. It's hard for me to understand. For decades through plant breeding, we have been able to mix and match different characteristics from different plants. Now by using biotechnology we can do it faster. It's less expensive. What's the big deal? We've already eaten our own weight in genetically engineered foods. We didn't even notice. They've been on the market since 1994. Com,…

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