Edison’s Bright Idea

By Emily Schwartz Greco

 

It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford’s horseless carriages.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy,” he told Ford and Harvey Firestone, another enterprising inventor. “What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

It’s starting to look like Edison’s wish could come true. Continue reading–>

Modernizing the Polish Military

by John Feffer

By law, Poland must spend at least 1.95 percent of its GDP on its military. That’s just a shade under the 2 percent that NATO asks its members to devote. Aside from Estonia, however, Poland is way ahead of the rest of the region in military spending. And when President Barack Obama visited Poland in June 2014, Poland committed to upping its allocation to 2 percent, with an expectation that it will rise to 2.5 percent in 2015. The situation in Ukraine – a divided country, with Russia backing separatists in the East – is fueling security concerns in Poland and the Baltic countries in particular. Continue reading–>