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Elizabeth F. Loftus on Memory Faults and Fixes

Summer 2002


From the Hill

Debate over meaning of "sound" science heats up; Doubling of NSF budget over five years proposed; Government to boost scrutiny of foreigners studying science


Making Sense of Government Information Restrictions

Steven Aftergood

Panic after September 11 led to bad policy; a more deliberate response can protect security without sacrificing beneficial access to government data.

Reducing Mercury Pollution from Electric Power Plants

Matt Little

The technology to reduce emissions is at hand, but the Bush administration seems unwilling to require industry to use it. That's a mistake.

Science’s Role in Natural Resource Decisions

Daniel Kemmis

Collaborative efforts that rely on local knowledge as well as science are key to resolving difficult land use issues.

Research Universities in the New Security Environment

M. R. C. Greenwood, Donna Gerardi Riordan

Some hasty government responses to September 11 posed problems for universities; with a more collaborative approach, higher education can play a vital role.

Editor’s Journal: The Henry and Bryna David Endowment

Kevin Finneran

Memory Faults and Fixes

Elizabeth F. Loftus

Research has revealed the limits of human memory; now the courts need to incorporate these findings into their procedures.

Science and Security at Risk

John J. Hamre

A comprehensive strategy for integrating science and security is urgently needed at DOE's national labs and throughout the U.S. government.

Countering Terrorism in Transportation

Mortimer L. Downey, Thomas R. Menzies

Our failed piecemeal approach to security must be replaced with a layered, well-integrated system.

The Technology Assessment Approach to Climate Change

Edward A. Parson

We should apply the lessons of the Montreal Protocol: Enlist industry expertise and focus on manageable goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Improving Technological Literacy

A. Thomas Young, Jonathan R. Cole, Denice Denton

The first step is understanding what is meant by "technology." Then we must try to reach the broadest possible audience.

Real Numbers: What Americans know (or think they know) about technology

Greg Pearson

Book Review: Overfishing

Andrew A. Rosenberg

From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy
, by 
Michael L. Weber.

Book Review: Nature and profits

David Simpson

The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable
, by 
Gretchen C. Daily and Katherine Ellison.