Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Better Government Isn’t Smaller or Bigger

By Edward Glaeser – The 2012 election is shaping up to be an ugly battle fought along familiar, uninspiring lines: Democratic believers in big government against Republicans determined to cut taxes.

This is the wrong fight. The important challenge today is to make government smarter and more effective, not slightly bigger or smaller. Voters don’t need a simplistic choice between a new Franklin Roosevelt and a second Ronald Reagan, but rather competing visions of how the federal government can better fulfill its core missions. more> http://tinyurl.com/3ffyzpq

Carbon dioxide sponge is carbon-neutral and edible

By Megan Fellman – A year ago Northwestern University chemists published their recipe for a new class of nanostructures made of sugar, salt and alcohol. Now, the same team has discovered the edible compounds can efficiently detect, capture and store carbon dioxide. And the compounds themselves are carbon-neutral.

“We are able to take molecules that are themselves sourced from atmospheric carbon, through photosynthesis, and use them to capture even more carbon dioxide,” said Ross S. Forgan, a co-author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow in Stoddart’s laboratory. more> http://tinyurl.com/3vbjddd

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Sep 25 2011

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  1. H.R. 1351 [112th]
    United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011
  2. H.R. 1249 [112th]
    Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  3. H.R. 4646 [111th]
    Debt Free America Act
  4. H.R. 2608 [112th]
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
  5. H.Res. 365 [112th]
    Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should cut the United States’ true debt burden by reducing home mortgage balances, forgiving student loans, and bringing down overall personal debt
  6. H.R. 2401 [112th]
    Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
  7. H.R. 2832 [112th]
    Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
  8. H.R. 2587 [112th]
    Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act
  9. S. 1549 [112th]
    American Jobs Act of 2011
  10. H.R. 2219 [112th]
    Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
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