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Autonomous Vehicle Technology Rolls Forward: From mass-transit, shipping and agriculture uses to airline and military applications, self-driving vehicles are on track to remake business and society

by Benjamin Cole

The business of transportation is as old and new as civilization, from moving crops to market to seafaring bulk carriers to global air travel. It is a trade that also includes the mundane morning commute. All that moving of people and goods takes labor, including more than 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, as well as 665,000 bus drivers, and 119,000 airline and commercial pilots. From the early ox-carts to jumbo jets, only a human could reliably guide transport.

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The Conservation Easement Bonanza: Liberals like this tax provision because it protects the environment, conservatives like it for the tax breaks, and landholders and investors are reaping financial benefits

by Bryan Kelley

What do the likes of Hollywood household names such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Redford and Harrison Ford have in common with business leaders such as Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens? They all have been generous donors of conservation easements that protect land from future development in perpetuity. While their respective reasons for protecting land may vary, many people are drawn to protect their land because donating a conservation easement is quite often the perfect blend of doing good while reaping some financial benefit.

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