Robot competition requires science, innovation and teamwork

Early tomorrow my son and I will be carpooling to Greensburg to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition “Rebound Rumble” challenge. Our team built and programmed robot from a kit of loose parts. The effort was a success, said Peter Jerz, 14, of Greensburg, who said he learned about teamwork while working on the online writing and documentation for the project. “I was just a rookie who had to learn…

How to Reboot Star Trek for Modern TV

I am so far out of the TV-watching habit that, Trekker though I be, I doubt I would watch any new Trek shows. I would probably just explore the fan-made wikis and blogs instead, as I have with Lost and the Battlestar reboot. Still, this imagined set of overlapping mini-shows sounds interesting. How does one government manage the affairs of over 150 member worlds? What kinds of economic challenges arise…