There are over 250 golf courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Yup, that's some good use of water there.
The spending of Los Alamos National Lab is not representative of the spending of DOE as a whole. Different national labs focus on different things.
From the perspective of someone falling in, the time to reach the singularity is not only finite, but quite short.
Assuming a static black hole exists in the first place. What if the black hole is changing on the time scale of the person falling in?
The Schwarzchild metric assumes that the mass distribution is stationary over some infinite duration. If black holes evaporate, then won't it evaporate before the person reaches it? What about cosmic expansion?
There's a difference? What is the difference? You didn't explain the difference; you just gave some weird analogy.
It's a marketing ploy, not a logistical development.
It's called a dead man's switch. You can set up something to delete your data if you don't log in every so often.
Freedom to sell yourself into slavery is not freedom. You seem to have some libertarian idea of freedom where a contract can trump freedom. If you are truly free, you can sign a non-compete if you want, but you are free to ignore the contract. That's basically what California says: you can sign the non-compete; it just has no power under most circumstances. There's nothing more free than that. Or are you a statist, who thinks that states should enforce contracts that violate rights, by enacting Jim Crow laws. If a contract has to be enforced, then it's not free.
The most outrageous thing is sometimes they want to charge you $35 to download a scan of an abstract. An abstract!
It harkens to the old days of the company store and the company town, where the company are "taking care of the employees" but are actually just indenturing them to the company. I'm not saying there is some national conspiracy between the insurance companies and corporate overlords to keep the peons in line, but why then is the outcome exactly as if such a conspiracy existed?
There is no big difference between this and market research. The reason why this got more attention is because people are panicky animals and behave unpredictably. They need to be told (or suggested) what to believe, and they will adhere to this idea and so you get memes spontaneously appearing, and some ideas, including outrage, will pop up seemingly out of nowhere. We see this effect in research in music popularity (http://www.npr.org/2014/02/27/282939233/good-art-is-popular-because-its-good-right)
Most people you know aren't assholes. It's the people you don't know who are assholes. Think about it.
Theoretical is too strong a word to describe tachyons. Better to call them science fiction. Tachyons violate causality, and create some kinds of vacuum instability. They don't exist.
Why is solar production so much weaker during winter? The sun isn't 10% as bright during winter. At a shallower angle of incidence, the sunlight has to pass through more atmosphere, but it's not like the air is absorbing 90% of the sunlight.
Improving energy efficiency improves quality of life.
It means the reporter was lazy.