Environmental

Time for Nuclear Power… again?

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Ars Technica has a nice discussion about nuclear power discussions that took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.  The short of it is that several prominate scientists are arguing that nuclear power has a place in our future power needs.  Coming from a coal state, I’ve often wondered […]

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Exploration in the modern world

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BBC Radio 4’s Today program recently asked “Where’s left to explore?”. The answer is an interesting discussion of the impact of geospatial technologies and the meaning of exploration that is definitely worth a read. For my part, I think that while the grand concept of exploration is important it is our small adventures that allow […]

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Google Says They’re Not the Bad Guys

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The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article heavily quoting Google Earth’s project head John Hanke, “We’re not the bad guys.”  The article goes on to heavily quote Hanke concerning the issue, but the gist of it is that technology is morally neutral.  You can use it for good and bad things and it’s up […]

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ERDAS opens webinar archives

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There have been several companies moving to the webinar route over the last year. These are great ways for users to get to know the nooks and crannies of products, geospatial or not, and it allows for some level of interaction with the person leading the webinar. The downside is that they aren’t always convenient […]

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COGO letter Urges Establishment of Geospatial Subcommittees

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We recorded this week’s episode before seeing the press release Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Urges Congress to Establish Geospatial Subcommittee in House and Senate. The letter is available from the URISA/COGO site (pdf). It points out existing government led spatial organizations, talks about the use of geospatial technologies by various government offices and suggests […]

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Krugman Predicts End of US Auto Industry

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Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, has predicted the end of the US auto industry. Although this has been widely reported elsewhere, I think it’s interesting to note the reason Krugman quotes: “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed…” So if anyone gives you flak for […]