First Looks: Summer 2017

David Keith, Harvard University, discusses his article on geoengineering from the Spring 2017 issue.

The Age of Weaponized Narrative, or, Where Have You Gone, Walter Cronkite?

Advanced information technologies are adding a new dimension to regional and global conflict and asymmetric warfare. The United States is an especially vulnerable target.

Perspective: Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?

Rapid advances in computing and robotics have led to calls for government controls. Before acting, we need to distinguish among the many meanings and applications of the technology.

Perspective: It’s the Partnership, Stupid

The Energy Rebound Battle

An embattled economist’s research shows that energy efficiency can’t solve climate change. But it is an important contributor to human progress.

Clean Energy Mind Games

If policy makers want to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, they should heed the lessons of the decision sciences and take another look at nuclear energy.

Perspective: Back from the Brink: Truth and Trust in the Public Sphere

Book Review: Histories of an Innovation Icon

Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World by Sharon Weinberger, and The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen (reviewed by Richard Van Atta).


Climate engineering; Why carbon capture is not enough; Making big science decisions; Measuring research benefits; Bats and human health; Boundaries for biosecurity.

The Science Police

On highly charged issues, such as climate change and endangered species, peer review literature and public discourse are aggressively patrolled by self-appointed sheriffs in the scientific community.

Table of Contents for the Summer 2017 issue

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