James Ashenhurst

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The US Navy just turned seawater into fuel

According to a jargon-rich NRL press release, the process goes something like this: An innovative and proprietary NRL electrolytic cation exchange module (E-CEM), both dissolved and bound CO2 are removed from seawater at 92 percent efficiency by re-equilibrating carbonate and bicarbonate to CO2 and …

Ocean Exploration

Whatever happened to Obama’s pivot to Asia?

The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East — negotiating the Iran deal, sending Special Operations forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?<p>Remember, the basic argument …

‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

Calvin and Hobbes

Without the US Navy and Air Force, globalization as we know it would be impossible

The South China Sea, more than any other part of the world, best illustrates, once again, what would be the cost of a U.S. decline, or even of a partial U.S. withdrawal from its forward military bases.<p>As such, the South China Sea shows what exactly the United States provides the world that is now …

China

FCC adopts Open Internet Order for net neutrality in historic 3-2 vote

<b>Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)</b><p>The rules reclassify Internet as Title II of the Telecommunications Act, making it a utility<p>Sarah Gray<p>February 26, 2015 6:54pm (UTC)<p>The FCC voted in favor of the Open Internet Order, new net neutrality rules …

Net Neutrality

Collision Course: The Looming U.S.-China Showdown Over Taiwan

A new crisis in relations between China and Taiwan is likely in the coming months, one that will pose more acute difficulties than in the past for …

Decentralize All The Things!

They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud–so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we’re building the Internet of Someone Else’s Things, wherein every room of every home will contain devices …

Blockchain

19 Terms Every US Navy Sailor Will Understand

Sailors have a language all their own. And all sailors from the "old salts" to the newly initiated are familiar with the following terms:<p>• Chit: A chit in the Navy refers to any piece of paper from a form to a pass and even currency. According to the Navy History Museum , the word chit was carried …

5 waves of technology disruption that are just getting started

Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won’t exist 15–20 years from now. Here are five sectors to …

Robot fish launched by U.S. navy

It looks like a fish and swims like a fish — but it's a robot, fresh from the labs of the U.S. military.<p>Navy officials in Virginia say they have …

Will AI Destroy Humanity? Siri, A Chatbot, And A Roboticist Weigh In

By Michael Grothaus8 minute Read<p>In 1906 Samuel Butler pointed out that machines were evolving faster than biology, a popular refrain among Silicon …

The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

The Alternative Vote Explained

The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained

The Shortest-Splitline Algorithm: a Gerrymandering Solution [Bonus Video]

Gerrymandering Explained

Death to Pennies

Extra: STV Election Walkthrough

Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote