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Affordable National Security

Summer 2011


The climate/security nexus; A national energy plan; A better process for new medical devices; Moving to the smart grid; Improve chemical exposure standards; More public energy R&D; Helpful lessons from the space race

From the Hill

Budget bill cuts R&D spending; Court rules in favor of funding for human embryonic stem cell research; FDA's medical device approval process scrutinized at Senate hearing; Hydraulic fracturing debated in House; Patent reform bill moves ahead; Science and technology in brief

Perspective: Science and the Arab Spring

Ismail Serageldin

Perspective: Agriculture’s Role in Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

William J. Parton, Stephen J. Del Grosso, Ernie Marx, Amy L. Swan

Perspective: Disappearing Bees and Reluctant Regulators

Sainath Suryanarayanan, Daniel Lee Kleinman

Promoting Research and Development The Government’s Role

Ben S. Bernanke

The rationale for federal support for basic research is well established, but the best policy for implementing this principle remains open to debate.

Solving the Nation’s Security Affordability Problem

Jacques S. Gansler

With costs going up and funds going down, the Department of Defense needs to make major changes in how it operates.

Apprenticeships Back to the Future

Diane Auer Jones

Largely overlooked by policymakers, educators, and the public, apprenticeships offer a promising route for preparing large numbers of students for high-skilled jobs and professions.

Reforming Regulation of Research Universities

Tobin L. Smith, Josh Trapani, Anthony Decrappeo, David Kennedy

Regulatory and reporting requirements have become excessively burdensome. A more balanced approach is needed.

Science for Natural Resource Management under Climate Change

Patrick Gonzalez

Emerging applications of climate change research to natural resource management show how science provides key information for agencies to take action for vulnerable ecosystems.

Investing in Perennial Crops to Sustainably Feed the World

Peter C. Kahn, Thomas Molnar, Gengyun G. Zhang, C. Reed Funk

The dramatic increases in yields of annual crops are approaching their limits. But similar advances are possible in hundreds of underused perennial species.

The Little Reactor That Could?

Ross Carper, Sonja Schmid

As the United States and other nations consider their next steps in nuclear energy, a new movement to support small modular reactors is coming to the forefront. But how are we to envision these technologies and their role in a post-Fukushima era?

Book Review: Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science

William Lanouette

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science
, by 
Lawrence M. Krauss.

Book Review: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

Euel W. Elliott

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
, by 
Michio Kaku.