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A $1 Billion Prize to Cure Alzheimer’s?

House Republicans, intent on repealing and replacing Obamacare, are going beyond the Administration’s focus on costs and control: like Mike Huckabee recently, they are focusing on curing the underlying diseases. A key part of their strategy is a page out...

The Cautionary Tale of Zheng He

This article was originally published as part of my Beyond the Church Door series in the Florida Baptist Witness.   Christians are familiar with many great figures of Chinese history, such as Lottie Moon and Hudson Taylor. But perhaps they should pay more...

How Machiavelli’s World Shaped Our Own

A statue of Italian statesman, philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli, circa 1500. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Analysis The world in which Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavelli lived scarcely resembles our own. City-states have been replaced with...

Why Does Caesar Hate Us?

This article was originally published as part of my Beyond the Church Door series in the Florida Baptist Witness.   Two weeks ago, I made the case that every legitimate vocation is a calling, and that the work of the scientist or the farmer is as important in the...

Dr. Harald Ott Creates World’s First BIOLIMB

My friend Dr. Harald Ott, the exceedingly young head of Harvard’s Ott Laboratory for Organ Engineering and Regeneration, made waves when he began growing human organs in his lab. On June 3rd he was featured in an article at Daily Mail Online for something...

If You Knew Then What You Know Now

by Philip Bobbitt Stratfor.com June 3, 2015 At least two presidential candidates — Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton — are being flayed with the question, “If you had known in 2003 what you know now, would you have supported the Iraq invasion?” Each has...

Hyperloop is Real

Two years after Elon Musk announced a new “fifth mode of transportation,” a lot has happened, however quietly. Some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs are putting significant time – and in some cases cash – into making it a...

Energy from Thorium: MSRE’s 50th Anniversary

1 out of every 7 people on Earth live without electricity. That means no sanitation, no lights, no computers, shorter lifespans, poor medicine, grinding poverty. Energy is as essential as clean water, abundant food, and a good education. Without energy, many people...

Europe’s Next Space Chief Wants a Moon Colony

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, the income leader of the European Space Agency, expressed his desire to see a colony on the far side of the moon at the Space Foundation’s National Space Symposium, according to an article published on Space.com: “It seems to be...

You’re Probably Not a Pastor. Good.

This article originally ran as my inaugural Beyond the Church Door column in the Florida Baptist Witness.   You’re probably not a pastor. And God intended it that way. I know that’s counterintuitive to some. Some of you probably still feel guilty that, at some...

The Lewis & Clark Anniversary

Today marks the anniversary of President Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery, better known as the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which left St. Louis this day, May 14, in the year of our Lord 1804. Few moderns appreciate the magnitude of that endeavor.  For the first time...

The Multibillion Dollar Rocket War

In the last few years, Elon Musk’s SpaceX went from being derided as a “risky venture,” “doomed to fail,” to a multibillion dollar business with extremely profitable contracts in both the private and public sectors. Elon’s the most...

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