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
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
William J. Parton, Stephen J. Del Grosso, Ernie Marx, Amy L. Swan
Sainath Suryanarayanan, Daniel Lee Kleinman
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.
Jacques S. Gansler
With costs going up and funds going down, the Department of Defense needs to make major changes in how it operates.
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.
Tobin L. Smith, Josh Trapani, Anthony Decrappeo, David Kennedy
Regulatory and reporting requirements have become excessively burdensome. A more balanced approach is needed.
Emerging applications of climate change research to natural resource management show how science provides key information for agencies to take action for vulnerable ecosystems.
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.
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?