Let’s take a break from the slow-motion triumph of The Politics of Crazy to survey an area in which mankind is still achieving great things. While our governments stagnate, technology is solving problems at an unprecedented pace. One interesting theme, in each of these situations (except the last one) technologists must find ways to circumvent obstacles from politics.
From the Washington Post: A simple approach to removing junk from the ocean will begin testing in June.
From the Max Planck Institute: German researchers are tantalizingly close to building a sustainable fusion reactor in the lab.
From Wired: The first start-up built around the gene-edited technology, Crispr, has filed a public offering.
From Pacific Standard: One down-note, a description of what it’s like when science has to defend itself to the moderately advanced primates on the House Science Committee.
From Gizmodo: Google is finally taking its self-driving cars for testing in more demanding real-world conditions.
From i09: Most important of all, some clever person has finally developed a Simpsons-meme search engine.