Articles by Rand Simberg

Fifty Years On, Time for a New Dawn

Half a century ago, Americans awoke to a new world, in some ways much larger than the old one, roused by the beeps of a little metal ball, an artificial moon circling the earth every hour and a half. Called... Read More

Water Torture

The government is telling me when I can water my lawn and wash my car. I'm used to the government telling me that I shouldn't hold up liquor stores, or kill people because they looked at me the wrong... Read More

'Stros Gone Wild

When I first saw the story at a space website, I thought, "well, that's different." But I became more fascinated as the day went on at how it suddenly became the story of the day, everywhere. But on reflection,... Read More

A One-Sided Arms Race

Something disturbing happened five hundred miles above China on January 11th. An old Chinese weather satellite was in orbit, and then, quite abruptly, it wasn't. Or, rather, if it was, it was no longer in one piece, and if... Read More

News You Can Abuse

The venerable Reuters news agency was caught last week publishing a faked photo. There are at present several disturbing things about the incident and what it means for the future of news. First, it wasn't the first time that such... Read More

Getting More Than 'Halfway to Anywhere'

This week, thirty-seven years ago, humans first walked on earth's moon. But for those who find decadal anniversaries more emotionally compelling, consider that exactly seven years later, thirty years ago this week, the first Viking Martian explorer successfully lan Read More

The Scope of Collateral Damage

We seem to have missed out on a significant victory in our war against Islamic fascism this past weekend when the US fired a missile at a house in Pakistan in which the target, Al Qaeda's number two man, apparently... Read More

Three Cheers for "Price Gougers"

With every disaster or crisis, it seems that the public, press and politicians require a remedial course in Economics 101. In fact, apparently we need an ongoing educational campaign even when there is no catastrophe, as demonstrated by the recent... Read More

Three Cheers for "Price Gougers"

With every disaster or crisis, it seems that the public, press and politicians require a remedial course in Economics 101. In fact, apparently we need an ongoing educational campaign even when there is no catastrophe, as demonstrated by the recent... Read More

"In Perpetuity"?

I recently asked what the implications of a life-long office might be in a world in which life might last indefinitely. This is a question that will increasingly come up as new breakthroughs in life extension start to gradually... Read More

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