First Looks: Winter 2017

You can now watch the launch of the Winter 2017 “Issues in Science and Technology” with science reporter Keith Kloor and philosopher of science and AAAS Fellow Daniel J. Hicks as they discuss the perils and necessity of confronting scientific controversies.

Electric Vehicles: Climate Saviors, or Not?

Where electric vehicles are located and when they are recharged matters more than you might think.

Unlocking Clean Energy

Many government policies now “lock in” mature clean energy technologies while blocking out innovative alternatives. Here’s a plan to transform lock-in barriers into bridges for technological succession.

Editor’s Journal: Take a Deep Breath

Infrastructure and Democracy

If Donald Trump follows through on his promise to invest in infrastructure, he should prioritize broad access and learn from previous efforts where public engagement enhanced social outcomes.

Scientific Controversies as Proxy Politics

Even for scientists, policy decisions entail much more than science.

Of Sun Gods and Solar Energy

Politics, capitalism, and energy poverty are combining in strange ways across India. The result looks like progress—sometimes.

Inside the Energiewende: Policy and Complexity in the German Utility Industry

Germany has made enormous investments in renewable energy. So why isn’t it on target to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals?

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: The End of Puzzle Solving


Needed: better labor market data; What are middle skills?; New toxic chemical regulations; Rethinking biosecurity; Chinese technocracy; Green accounting.

Journalism under Attack

Be careful what you write, especially if you uncover evidence of science distortion that upsets activists.

Table of Contents for the Winter 2017 issue

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