Geoengineering research; Health care innovation; Regulating nuclear power worldwide; A smarter look at the smart grid; Storing used nuclear fuel; Early childhood education; Rethink technology assessment; The future of biofuels
R&D funding faces budget cuts; Stem cell research funding in jeopardy; Oil spill investigations continue; Export control reforms announced; Science and technology in brief
Meera Lee Sethi, Adam Briggle
Narrative explanations can help us understand difficult scientific issues, but they can also mislead us. Critical skepticism is always appropriate.
Steven E. Koonin, Avi M. Gopstein
The government's key role in catalyzing a transformation of the energy system is to mitigate risk for the private sector.
William B. Bonvillian
With the recent political rejection of cap-and-trade carbon policies, the nation needs a new approach that pushes the development of energy technologies and fosters markets for them.
Michael Greenstone, Adam Looney
Deep recessions can put some places in a tailspin for decades. Some modest policies can help speed the recovery.
Jonathan Lazar, Paul Jaeger
The Internet is not living up to its enormous potential to enhance and broaden the lives of persons with disabilities. Closing policy loopholes and enforcing existing rules would make a world of difference.
A growing number of countries have adopted beggar-thy-neighbor innovation policies in an effort to attract or grow high-wage industries and jobs, making the global economy less prosperous in the process.