National education standards; An incomplete view of adolescence; California: Radical carbon cuts needed?; Better STEM for all; Praise for SEMATECH; Lessons from nuclear disasters; Internet freedom: Not a foreign-policy issue
R&D funding receives some good news amid major uncertainty; The EPA issues new air pollution rule; key Republicans object; Senate panel considers national standards for forensic evidence; Cybersecurity bills advance in House, Senate; Federal science and technology in brief
Constantine Samaras, Jeremy J. Michalek, Mikhail Chester
Meredith A. Lane, Richard H. Moss
The newly established National Research Council Board on Environmental Change and Society explores insights and research frontiers for understanding coupled human-environment systems.
John C. Randell, Kelly Sims Gallagher
Harnessing the social sciences to answer that question can help lead the nation to an alternative—more efficient—energy future.
Douglas Bessette, Joseph Arvai, Robin Gregory, Victoria Campbell-Arvai
Seth Binder, Stephen Polasky
In dealing with complex environmental issues, determining the value of multiple environmental attributes is problematic, but not doing so is even more so.
Scientists are often hesitant to share their uncertainty with decisionmakers who need to know it. With an understanding of the reasons for their reluctance, decisionmakers can create the conditions needed to facilitate better communication.
Because the cost of genetic sequencing has declined so much, researchers are accumulating oceans of data for no clear purpose. The assumption is that something in the data will stimulate important questions, but this is not an effective way to conduct scientific research.
Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Mark A. R. Kleiman
The current research agenda has only limited capacity to shrink the damage caused by drug abuse. Some promising alternative approaches could lead to improved results.
Albert N. Link, John T. Scott