Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a name for herself early in the COVID-19 pandemic by enacting particularly harsh restrictions in her state and making full use of her expansive “emergency powers.” But she now finds herself joining the long list of lockdown-happy politicians caught violating their own orders. “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer apologized Sunday after a … Continue reading Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Gets Exposed for Lockdown Hypocrisy (Again!
Chris Impey, University of Arizona When the first baby is born off-Earth, it will be a milestone as momentous as humanity’s first steps out of Africa. Such a birth would mark the beginning of a multi–planet civilization for the human species. For the first half-century of the Space Age, only governments launched satellites and people … Continue reading When will the first baby be born in space?
This article is excerpted from the FEE Daily, a daily email newsletter where FEE Policy Correspondent Brad Polumbo brings you news and analysis on the top free-market economics and policy stories. Click here to sign up. Calls for conformity throughout the pandemic have echoed one chorus: “Follow the science!” But science is rarely actually a consensus, and … Continue reading Now the CDC Wants to Kill Summer Camp
Electoral reform is an ever more polarized topic these days, but the reform known as ranked‐choice voting, which has been making inroads lately, deserves the attention it’s been getting across party lines. New York City voters will use RCV in the upcoming mayoral election — candidate Andrew Yang, for one, has sung its praises — while the Virginia GOP will … Continue reading Reasons To Like Ranked‐Choice Voting
In a recent debate, the five Democrats seeking their party's nomination for Virginia governor voiced their positions on various financial issues facing the state. Sadly, though not surprisingly, the debate was not so much about whether to spend taxpayer dollars as it was about how and where to spend them. Lee J. Carter was particularly … Continue reading Gubernatorial Candidates in Virginia Are Debating How Best to Spend Other People’s Money
Doug Nelson, a 73-year-old grandfather and Vietnam veteran, had just finished his late shift at the US Postal Service. He pulled into his driveway a little after midnight and was getting out of his car when he suddenly found himself with a gun to his head. The carjackers demanded his keys, which he promptly handed … Continue reading How Washington, DC Carjacked an Elderly Couple
The Federal Trade Commission recently released a report that details its investigation into the repairability of various tech products. It found that many devices are intentionally designed to be difficult or impossible to repair, and that the reasons companies gave for these design choices were unsubstantiated. “For several years, tech companies have made it difficult, … Continue reading Here’s the Real Reason Why You Can’t Repair Your AirPods
Japan was the first country to run scheduled passenger trains faster than 125 miles per hour. Since then, France has run faster trains and China has built more miles of high‐speed rail lines, but Japan is still considered a model for a nationwide high‐speed rail system. Yet there is a dark side to Japan’s bullet trains. Japan’s economy ground to a halt in 1991 and … Continue reading The Dark Side of the Bullet Trains
Jim Bell, Arizona State University Editor’s note: On Feb. 18, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission arrived at the red planet and successfully landed the Perseverance Rover on the surface. Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and has worked on a number of Mars missions. He … Continue reading Bringing Mars rocks back to Earth: On Feb. 18, Perseverance Rover landed safely on Mars – a lead scientist explains the tech and goals
A person falling into a black hole and being stretched while approaching the black hole’s horizon. Leo Rodriguez and Shanshan Rodriguez, CC BY-ND Leo Rodriguez, Grinnell College and Shanshan Rodriguez, Grinnell College Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it … Continue reading Could a human enter a black hole to study it?