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Vaclav Smil

Is Vaclav Smil a Pessimist or Voice of Uncomfortable Truths?

Tracey Durning | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Tracey Durning

Is it pessimistic, really, to present an in-depth roadmap about where we've been before as a kind of context to potentially help us make smarter choices looking ahead, particularly as we stare down the barrel of an issue that has way more question marks than it does answers?

Bill Gates' Guru: 'I'm Not Impressed With Silicon Valley.' 'I Don't Have a Cell Phone.' 'I Never Blog.'

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

You have to listen closely to grasp the wisdom of his views. His rapid-fire mind spews out a deluge of statistics in a heavy Slavic accent -- with a crusty disregard for political correctness and conventional wisdom. And his key concept is counterintuitive: less enables more.

Bill Gates Names Summer Reading List

Posted 07.15.2013 | Books

Bill Gates has shared his reading lists before, and this summer he has named some interesting non-fiction (and one fiction) books that he plans on rea...