David Keith, Harvard University, discusses his article on geoengineering from the Spring 2017 issue.
Trump budget proposal: gloomy, but just a proposal.
The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, by Meredith Wadman.
The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, by Ronald R. Kline.
Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier, by Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu.
The standard benefit-cost methodology that is used to calculate marginal costs of environmental regulations should not be used for long-lasting greenhouse gases.
Advanced information technologies are adding a new dimension to regional and global conflict and asymmetric warfare. The United States is an especially vulnerable target.
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.
An embattled economist’s research shows that energy efficiency can’t solve climate change. But it is an important contributor to human progress.
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.
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.
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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