Under the Radar

Under the Radar

March 1, 2015

My Chauffeur, the Robot

Why it’s time to take driverless cars seriously

It has been going on for more than five years now in Mountain View, California, hometown of Google Inc.: cars with odd-looking devices like metal buckets on their roofs, painstakingly negotiating city streets. They don’t […] Read More

November 1, 2014

Dodd-Frank, Plus Four

No relief in the uncertainty and aggravation for manufacturing and metals

The sponsors have moved on. After 36 years in Congress, mostly in the Senate, Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd left in 2011 to become chairman and chief lobbyist of the Motion Picture Association of America. […] Read More

September 1, 2014

Agency Under Fire

The partisan tug-of-war over the NLRB worsens, even as unions decline.

Liberal and conservative. Democrat and Republican. Labor and management. No matter how you cut it, the public perception of the National Labor Relations Board comes out neatly bifurcated. It’s one of those federal agencies whose mere mention […] Read More

July 1, 2014

The New Gold Rush

The world’s mad scramble for rare earth minerals

Take superpower rivalries, national defense concerns and the insatiable consumer demand for electronics like cellphones, headphones, flat-screen TVs and even electric cars. Throw in energy conservation and green technologies. Add a healthy dose of free and […] Read More