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Military Technology - the Special K Experiment

A drug known on the streets as Special K (Ketamine) is said by its users to produce out-of-body experiences. While these are most likely just hallucinations it wouldn't be hard to test. Just ask some soldiers to volunteer for a test. Give them the drug and if they report an out-of-boy experience have them say what they saw on a computer screen facing away from them. If by some weird chance people really could throw ...more »

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Campaign: Strategic Planning and Budgeting

More technology in high schools

I think the federal government needs to spend more on technology in the classroom. Technology is THE way not just to a greener future (less paper waste) but efficiency and real accountability. On another note, I think google can help the government and the education sector much more effectively than microsoft has been able to with their Outlook Exchange servers.

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Nuclear rockets

Back in the 1960s NASA experimented with the idea rocket engines powered by a nuclear reactor. The original prototype was crude and would have emitted radioactive material into the air, but the basic idea was sound -- using the energy of nuclear fission to heat your propellant instead of using chemical combustion. The original prototype was based on a conventional reactor with a core of plutonium. Such solid-core reactors ...more »

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Campaign: Training and Development

Staple a green card to every advanced degree awarded in the US

The US has made a *huge* investment in my education: I have both a Master's and most of a PhD from good US institutions, and neither has cost me a cent due to receiving fellowships and working as a research assistant. The US has therefore invested something like a quarter of a million dollars in me, only to send me home after my degree (because the F1 student visa is of "nonimmigrant intent"). After paying for me to ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Rewire the US communications system

Use stimulus money to rewire the US for 'the Grid' (the new internet created by CERN) to upgrade our communication and commerce network and, again, create jobs. It is over 10,000 times faster than the web and eliminates many of the limitations of e-commerce today. Low-overhead, grassroots commerce is a bright future for business and consumers.

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Campaign: Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Passport - Department of State- allow electgronic verification of birth records

I just applied for a passport for my son who was born in California and provided the birth certificate provided by the county he was born in. DOS wrote back that I needed to get "long form birth certificate" from the state. This is a 14 week process. Why can't secure technology be used by individual states to DOS (and other agencies)? I have no problem paying the same $14.00, but in this day and age requiring a "raised ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PATENTS that benefit the planet.

YOu all have heard of eminent domain where the government can require you to sell your property to make way for some infrastructure necessary for the public good. My thought is that this principle should also apply to technological inventions which would really do the world a lot of good. It is well known that many patents which threaten the business of powerful corporations have been bought up and sat by these same corporations ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Set up a Web site that allows volunteers to schedule time working for non-profits

Lots of people are eager to do volunteer work, but there are many logistical challenges in the way. The Web-based tools that were used as part of the Obama campaign allowed people to easily sign up for shifts doing phone banking, canvassing, bringing food, etc. This capability could easily be extended to non-profits across the country, most of whom don't have the funds or technological expertise to stand up such a site. ...more »

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Campaign: Federal Advisory Committees

Reopen the Office of Technology Assessment

The Office of Technology Assessment was a respected nonpartisan office whose job was supplying information to congress about upcoming technological possibilities including both opportunities and risk. It was defunded in the 1980's. Arguably the role a new and enhanced OTA would serve is more important than ever. A new OTA would help serve as an important mediator of information to congress and to the publc and improve ...more »

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New America

Use stimulus money to... 1. Create a comprehensive network of high speed rail lines in low atmosphere tubes for commuting and commercial use. This technology is faster, cheaper and more efficient than air, truck or ship travel and building it would provide jobs. 2. Rewire the US for 'the Grid' (the new internet created by CERN) to upgrade our communication and commerce network and, again, create jobs. 3. Rework the electrical ...more »

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