Category Archives: Technology

Outdoor Waterless Urinals in Paris

Over 50 years ago, I served an LDS mission in northeastern France (Alsace-Lorraine).  Public urination was a problem.  For example, on the exterior of Strasbourg’s beautiful Gothic cathedral were “defense d’uriner” (don’t urinate) signs.  The signs didn’t seem to do … Continue reading

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Gemeskut (Shadoof) in Central Romania

While traveling in central Romania, we ran across a narrow valley with shallow groundwater.  Several of the farms along the roadway had gemeskuts.  They are being used for stockwatering. The gemeskut has a history that goes back to ancient Egypt … Continue reading

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To Elder Bednar: It’s the Message not the Delivery Method

In a recent press release, the LDS Church leadership (or at least its PR staff) acknowledges the growing problem of Millenials dropping away from organized religion.  Not necessarily from spirituality, but from the formal institutions. The release proposed one possible … Continue reading

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Examples of Do-Good Drones

Adapted from NG (Jun 2017) Health-care Delivery (Rwanda):  Medical Centers in the hilly country can order emergency blood supplies by text message and receive them via drone within 30 minutes. Vulture Monitoring (Mongolia):  Drones watch the nests of the world’s … Continue reading

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Drones Assisting Aid and Service Organizations

By Nina Strochlic, (abridged from NG, Jun 2017) Drones were created as a tool of combat:  Militaries use them to spy and even to assassinate.  But as with so much military technology, unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming consumer items.  Recently … Continue reading

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History’s Seven Worst Ideas and/or Inventions?

According to a nonscientific survey of professionals by Paul A. Offit, the worst historic ideas and/or inventions are (extracted from NG, June 2017): 4,000 BC:  the Sumerians discovered “the plant of joy,” which gave birth to a class of drugs … Continue reading

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Will the Rate of Technological Progress Continue to Accelerate?

My brother, an economist at the University of Chicago, during a recent presentation at Utah State University on risk and uncertainty, quoted two scholars about the future of technology: First, Joel Mokyr (2013), economic historian at Northwestern University who specializes … Continue reading

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