The Profit-Motive Didn’t Create The James Webb Space Telescope

By Dave Lindorff, This Can't Be Happening!. -

We have two examples of economic systems and of individual scientific workers and business people doing what they do that offer a instructive illustrations of why the US is so screwed up, and why [...]

Tech Workers, Bigger Than Big Tech

By J S Tan, Progressive International. -

Tech companies are the new empires of today: Alphabet annual revenue surpassed Hungary’s GDP, Facebook employs over 15000 content moderators around the world, and Microsoft has built datavcenters [...]

In The Name Of Saving The Climate, They Will Uberise The Farmlands

By Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. -

Ag Tech and Big Tech firms are championing a kind of uberisation of farmlands in an effort to dominate all aspects of food production. This ensures that it is the powerless smallholders and [...]

Mexico Will Create A State-Owned Company For Lithium Production

By Telesur English. -

The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to create a state-owned company for the exploration and exploitation of lithium, announced the Secretary of Energy, Rocío [...]

World’s First Battery-Powered Freight Train Unveiled In Pittsburgh

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. -

The world's first ever battery-electric freight train was unveiled in Pittsburgh on Friday. The train, known as the FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive, was built by rail-freight company [...]

US Collected 4.8 Million Biometric Records Of Afghans

By Margaret Hu, Consortium News. -

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government, alarming reports indicate that the insurgents could potentially access biometric data collected by [...]

New York Times Tech Guild Walks Out, Into An Historic Fight

On August 11th, after months of management’s union-busting and stalling, New York Times tech workers staged the tech industry’s first ever walkout over unfair labor practices. Among the over 300 [...]

Keep Big Oil Out Of Public Science

By Alice Procter, Tribune Magazine. -

It feels so tired to be going through another museum sponsorship drama. Accepting money from a fossil fuel company? In this climate? How quaint. We’ve had this conversation before; we know that [...]

Scientific Crusader Showed That No Biological Basis For Race Exists

By Prabir Purkayastha, Struggle La Lucha. -

Lewontin always harked back to what being radical means: going back to fundamentals in deriving a viewpoint. As a Marxist and activist, Lewontin believed that we need to fight at both levels: to [...]

The Power Plant Of The Future Is Right In Your Home

By Daniel Oberhaus, Wired. -

Basalt Vista is designed to be an all-electric community that produces as much power as it uses. Each home comes outfitted with an electric vehicle charger in the garage, a large battery pack in [...]

Robotic Killing Machines And Our Future

By Matthew Hoh, Counter Punch. -

The idea of robots fighting aliens is no longer a purely speculative one, as the robots do exist. Autonomous robots that utilize artificial intelligence, machine learning, computerized fire [...]

Digital Corbynism

By Katrina Forrester, Dissent Magazine. -

The first time I saw protesters dancing on the roof of a police van was at a May Day demonstration in London in 2002. Over the dulcet acid techno beats of a bike-powered sound system, a friend [...]

Corporate Versus Public Control Of Science And Technology

By Nicholas Freudenberg, Stat News. -

"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.” Louis Pasteur said that in 1876. Today it would be more accurate to say that science belongs to the corporations and investors [...]

China And The Decline Of US Power

By Chandra Muzaffar, Transcend Media Service. -

Constant attacks by some US elites on China will, according to some observers, diminish and disappear once the US presidential election is over in November 2020. This is unlikely to happen. [...]