Daily Archives: April 10, 2017

Michael Geist on the Impact of Copyright and Fair Use on Innovation

Will technology’s dark side eclipse humanity’s bright future? – Lord Martin Rees

Oxford Martin School

Published on Nov 30, 2015

Oxford Martin School 10th Anniversary Lecture

About the speaker
Lord Martin Rees is a member of the Oxford Martin School Advisory Council; Fellow of Trinity College; and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University. He is Co-Founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.

After studying at the University of Cambridge, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King’s College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge (continuing in the latter post until 1991) and served for ten years as director of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor, and then from 2004 to 2012, Master of Trinity College. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, and several other foreign academies.

His awards include the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Balzan International Prize, the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (AAS/AIP), the Bower Award for Science of the Franklin Institute, the Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation, the Einstein Award of the World Cultural Council and the Crafoord Prize (Royal Swedish Academy). He has been president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1994-95) and the Royal Astronomical Society (1992-94) and a trustee of the British Museum, NESTA, the Kennedy Memorial Trust, the National Museum of Science and Industry, and the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is currently on the Board of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Cambridge Gates Trust, and has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science.

He is the author or co-author of more than 500 research papers, mainly on astrophysics and cosmology, as well as eight books (six for general readership), and numerous magazine and newspaper articles on scientific and general subjects.

In this lecture, Lord Rees will turn his focus to the future of technology and its impact on the world.

Oxford Martin School,
University of Oxford

Transitions to Sustainability – A research platform to explore sustainable futures on our finite planet


You can “click” picture below for an introduction to the Transition-Studies.Net research platform for citizen research on climate change and global sustainability issues.


T.C. Weiskel

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U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – EIAgov


Published on Jun 30, 2015

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

How Much Money is Enough Money?

Chris Hedges Dissects the Trump Machine


Published on Mar 14, 2017

Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges addresses fascism and the rise of the Trump war machine in the keynote speech at the “After Trump and Pussy Hats” event in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017.


Hope in West Africa Tour – Greenpeace exposes illegal fishing


Published on Apr 9, 2017

During joint surveillance between Greenpeace and the Guinean fisheries inspection CNSP, shark fins have been discovered on two Chinese fishing vessels. One of the vessels, as well as a third vessel, also had illegally altered fishing nets on board. The two vessels with shark fins on board have been fined €250,000 each, while the third vessel has been fined €350,000. The catch of all vessels has been seized by Guinean authorities. Apart from the shark fins, Greenpeace also found numerous carcasses of sharks including hammerhead sharks, an endangered species, and manta rays on board several vessels

The Secret Family Behind The Rise Of Brietbart News

The Ring of Fire

Published on Apr 9, 2017

This presidential election cycle saw billionaire’s such as Paul Singer and The Koch Brothers, pull the purse strings from backing any of two dozens characters that stood on the Republican Stage during the Primaries… But one secretive family decided that this was their time to spend millions on influencing hard-right policy and media in America. Investigative journalist and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Vicky Ward, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder to discuss her piece in The Huffington Post’s Highline Magazine, “The Blow-It-All-Up Billionaires.”

Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics


Published on Apr 7, 2017

Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump’s response was a violation of international law

Climate & Extreme Weather News #18 (April 3rd-April 8th 2017)

Understanding Climate Change

Published on Apr 9, 2017

Climate & Extreme Weather News #18 (April 3rd-April 8th 2017)