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U.S. Forests: Facing New Global Market

Summer 2004


From the Hill

Recoupment Efforts Threaten Federal Research

David Korn, Stephen Heinig

Encouraged by Congress to patent inventions, academic researchers now face a drive by government to recover royalty income.

What Is Climate Change?

Roger Pielke Jr.

Incompatibility between the definitions used by science and policy organizations is an obstacle to effective action.

Flying Blind on Drug Control Policy

Mark A. R. Kleiman

The axing of a key data collection program is a major setback for effective policymaking.

Is Human Spaceflight Obsolete?

James A. Van Allen

Risk is high, cost is enormous, science is insignificant. Does anyone have a good rationale for sending humans into space?

Forests Face New Threat: Global Market Changes

Jerry F. Franklin, K. Norman Johnson

An overhaul of forest policy is needed to deal with the economic and environmental consequences of globalized production.

A Patent System for the 21st Century

Richard Levin

To meet the challenge of rapid technological and economic change, we must continue to study and refine the U.S. intellectual property regime.

Electrical Blackouts: A Systemic Problem

Jay Apt, Lester B. Lave, Sarosh Talukdar, M. Granger Morgan, Marija Ilic

Although human error can be the proximate cause of a blackout, the real causes are found much deeper in the power system.

Completing the Transformation of U.S. Military Forces

S. J. Deitchman

The updated military excelled in Afghanistan and Iraq, but further progress must be supported now to ensure long-term security.

Plugging the Leaks in the Scientific Workforce

Anne E. Preston

Much more needs to be done to reverse the high rate of attrition of both men and women early in their scientific careers.

Real Numbers: Asian countries strengthen their research

Diana Hicks

Book Review: Environmental weatherman

Martin W. Lewis

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
, by 
James Gustave Speth.

Book Review: Out of the bottle

Daniel B. Gordon

Living With the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery
, by 
Alan Lightman, Daniel Sarewitz, and Christina Desser, eds..

Book Review: Energy futures

James J. MacKenzie

Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties
, by 
Vaclav Smil.