A policy paper advocates What to Whom for Why
=========================================== The case for genetically engineered crops Genetically Engineered Crops: A Safe Way to Increase Quantity and Improve Quality of Our Food Supply Scientists are not designing killer plants. They are simply finding ways to make crops pest resistant and increase yield. In this technological age it makes sense to apply our knowledge in as many ways as possible to improve our quality of life =========================================== The case against Star Wars II Star Wars II: unreliable, ineffective, destabilizing and illegal Not only is Star Wars II based on unreliable technology, even if it were reliable, it would be ineffective in stopping missiles from nations such as North Korea and, at the same time, it could destabilize the Russians as a result of US abrogating the 1972 ABM treaty ======================================== Medical advances require testing on humans and animals US should rely on solar power developed elsewhere The case for high-speed rail Nuclear fuel reprocessing US Nuclear power should replace fossil fuel Animal testing should avoided for all products for which the law does not require such testing Animal testing is important for medical research and should continue. FDA should regulate dietary supplements as it regulates food additives Breast implants are safe Genetic manipulation of agricultural crops should be stopped. Emission trading, a part of the Kyoto agreement, is a bad idea; the success in the US with sulfur trading cannot be achieved in an international system. In the generation of electrical energy, nuclear fission should replace coal to achieve lower cost, less pollution and fewer International Space Station is $21 billion tinker toy and PR stunt. radiation of produce is safe and effective US should lead the way in decreasing emissions from vehicles and utilities. Federal government and private agencies should support SETI. The use of nuclear imaging in emergency treatment of chest pains would improve diagnois and treatment with considerable cost savings. Internationally enforced zero population growth is necessary both for protecting and restoring the biosphere and to protect current population from self destruction. Regardless of signed treaties, US should develop and deploy anti-ballistic-missile system. Global Positioning Systems can develop (?) enhanced capabilities to track environmental changes. Automatic highways could enhance the capacity and safety existing highways; car-platoon grouping enable connectivity to other highways. Explosive devices (for terror or warfare) can be detected remotely: one laser evaporate small quantities of explosive molecules then detected with another laser. Fusion power is the only viable source for future power needs both on economic and environmental grounds. To attain practical fusion: (i) reduce turbulence preventing sustained, controlled fusion; (ii) repair/replace reactor walls continuously eroded; (iii) remove alpha particles & impurities killing fusion; (iv) develop advanced materials to harvest fusion energy; and (v) develop testing procedures under prolonged fusion. Monte Carlo simulation provide backgrounds (from known physics) to subtract from experiments to find new particles or properties of known particles. In the unlikely event of LHC at CERN creating a micro Black Hole, it would not grow but rather quickly decay by emitting harmless particles. Exploring Mars is now possible if international collaboration provide more powerful rocket to quickly construct vehicle in space and techniques for harvesting energy, water and oxygen can be harvested on Mars. Moving from magnetic disk drive memory to digital solid state memory already increase speed of data access and read/write with decreased power consumption; further advances should erase cost disadvantage. The billiard ball's finite radius and ability to spin dramatically alter the kinetic and dynamics of billiards, Brain- Machine interfaces can effectively use existing brain function to control robotic parts in paralyzed patients. Gravitational microlensing dramatically increase the range of detecting new planets, regardless of their mass or brightness.