Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited blog brought to you by History News Network. Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://m.hnn.us/blog/author/42 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network What Fax Machines Can Tell Us About Electric Cars Imagine if you could fill up your GM car only at GM gas stations.   It's the fax system problem all over again.

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Academic opposition to Trump's Muslim ban Getting academics to work together is often, as the old joke goes, like herding cats.  So what did it take to get scores of scientific and academic organizations to act together?  The answer is President Trump’s January 27 blanket banning, now temporarily stayed by court order, certain groups of Muslims from entering the United States. ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153892 http://hnn.us/blog/153892 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Obama's Legacy in Science, Technology, and Innovation Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153872 http://hnn.us/blog/153872 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 "It Can't Happen Here, Can It?" Will Trump and Climate Deniers Purge American Science and Technology? Is the incoming Trump administration planning a purge of government climate science research and researchers?  If historical cases such as Soviet persecution and McCarthyism offer any precedent, such a purge will prove destructive to both careers and the national interests of the United States – and give other countries the opportunity to hire top-quality American researchers.  

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Coal Comfort: Is Hillary Clinton being “Al Gored”? Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153818 http://hnn.us/blog/153818 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 The real star of the 1968 conventions: Now you really are there While politics dominated the 1968 presidential conventions, NBC’s introduction of a portable microphone system greatly expanded the ability of its reporters to roam the convention floor and make viewers feel “you are there.”  Television coverage would never be the same.    ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153791 http://hnn.us/blog/153791 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Does Technology Make Us Dumber or Smarter? Yes. Since humans began to farm, technology has made us individually dumber and individually smarter – and collectively smarter. Technology has made us able to do more while understanding less about what we are doing, and has increased our dependence on others.  What technology has not done is make us wiser.


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Technology and Politics: Neither good, nor bad, nor neutral The Economist aptly applied “Technology is neither good, nor bad, nor neutral,” Mel Kranzberg’s first law of the history of technology, to its recent discussion of technology and politics.  While the revolutionary power of digital data and social media are great, possibly greater are the opportunities for repressive states to observe dissidents, attack opponents, manipulate public perceptions, and even create alternate realities to stay in power.  Such efforts have a long history, but the digital politics offers much greater potential and peril.

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What if politicians acted like engineers? Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153734 http://hnn.us/blog/153734 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Why I Miss Old Fashioned Library Cards Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153710 http://hnn.us/blog/153710 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Why Do Some Scholars Win Prizes (and Others Don't)? Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153687 http://hnn.us/blog/153687 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Another Casualty of Bin Laden's Attack on America Was the Space Program Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153671 http://hnn.us/blog/153671 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Comparative History: Telling A Tale of Two Cities Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153650 http://hnn.us/blog/153650 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0 Compromising Engineers and the Keystone XL Pipeline Compromise may be a career-ending concept in politics, but it is essential in engineering. 

Every day engineers have to balance legitimate and conflicting interests.  What makes a great engineer is not only the ability to find the best balance but also to convince the appropriate people of the wisdom of that decision. President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline provides a similar opportunity for a grand compromise of political engineering:  Democratic support for the pipeline in exchange for Republican support of a carbon tax.  


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Welcome to Infinity, Limited Mon, 29 May 2017 02:04:18 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153584 http://hnn.us/blog/153584 Infinity, Limited Infinity, Limited 0