Author Archives: David L. Brown

Drought Spreads, World Famine to Follow

By David L. Brown The drought in America not only isn’t getting better…it’s getting a lot worse. The combination of heat and lack of rain has put a large portion of the nation’s field crop prospects in severe jeopardy. The … Continue reading

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Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Mars Curiosity Rover Lands Safely

By David L. Brown If you didn’t watch the live feed from the Jet Propulsion Lab last night as the new Mars Rover, Curiosity, made its entry and landing, you missed one of the great moments in space exploration history. … Continue reading

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Curious About Mars? Tomorrow’s the Big Day

By David L. Brown Tomorrow the newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is set to land on the Red Planet. If all goes well, it will set down through an incredible series of engineering steps. In the final stage, the massive rover … Continue reading

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Putting Things In the Present

By David L. Brown I’m a writer, as anyone who has followed this blog may have realized. In recent years I’ve gotten seriously into fiction. Of course, the novel The Star Phoenix was the inspiration for this blog (the original … Continue reading

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Technology—Promise or Curse?

By David L. Brown Historian Niall Ferguson in an article published in The Daily Beast raises a question that’s long interested me. He asks, in effect, which vision of the future we should embrace: The idea that technology will make … Continue reading

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One-way Trip to Mars Is Not ‘Suicide’

By David L. Brown In the news today are headlines about a “suicide” mission to Mars being planned by a private company. Here is a link to an article at Fox News about the plans announced by the Dutch company … Continue reading

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A Tragedy in the Making

By David L. Brown As drought and heat continue to destroy a significant portion of the US crop, a large tranche of corn continues to be mandated for use in ethanol production. The purpose of this is to enrich farmers … Continue reading

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‘Red Tide’ Strikes Texas Coast

By David L. Brown “Red Tide.” It may sound like the title for the latest Tom Clancy novel, but it’s a very real phenomenon. I observed its effects today on the Texas Gulf Coast as evidenced by tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Realism and Inevitability

By David L. Brown Those who have followed this website over the past five-plus years know that a major theme of my ranting and posturing has been in relation to the very real dangers of economic, environmental, social and technological … Continue reading

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