Physics Professor Ray Hoff
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Economics Professor Ginny McConnell
In 2009, the world should resolve to build cleaner cars. The number of gasoline-powered vehicles in use globally is forecast to nearly double by 2050. At current rates of fuel economy and gasoline use, this will dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions at a time when we must be reducing those emissions.
The technologies to begin the transition to cleaner vehicles are just now coming on line, and they should be pursued aggressively by government policies and by private sector innovation. It is not going to easy or inexpensive to make this transition, but we need to begin in earnest in the New Year.
Multimedia: Hear Prof. McConnell discuss gas prices and the environment on NPR’s “Marketplace”
GAIM Program Director Marc Olano
The new video game ‘Spore‘ looks to be a hit because it is so different from other games out there. Will Wright has a reputation for creating sandbox games where the players are given the freedom to do whatever they want. The trick is to still preserve the sense of challenge of more scripted games. If you gave someone dice, would they invent craps or Yahtzee? Most wouldn’t. The cool thing about Spore is that it isn’t just one or two, but several distinct and unique games that, at least so far, look to be fun.