FROM Stanley Holmes
Is Boeing's Dreamliner as Environmentally Friendly as Promised? When Boeing rolled out its 787 Dreamliner this weekend, it staged a global event of its own, linking partner-sites in Japan and Italy as well as Everett, Washington. The 787 is a major investment in plastic--to increase size, while lowering weight and requiring less fuel--at a time when the airline industry is both expanding and taking heat for its impact on the environment. Stanley Holmes, Seattle correspondent for Business Week magazine, has more on the fastest-selling commercial airplane in history, even though it won't make its first flight until September.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?