First Looks: Summer 2017

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

Editor’s Journal: No Time for Rubbernecking

Perspective: Publish and Perish

From the Hill

Trump budget proposal: gloomy, but just a proposal.

Book Review: Culture Research

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, by Meredith Wadman.

Book Review: A Coming of (Information) Age Story

The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, by Ronald R. Kline.

Book Review: The End of the Line

Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier, by Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu.

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: Genome Fidelity and the American Chestnut

Rethinking the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

The standard benefit-cost methodology that is used to calculate marginal costs of environmental regulations should not be used for long-lasting greenhouse gases.

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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