The U.S.-Mexico connection; Drug policy research; Communicating uncertainty; The trouble with STEM
R&D funding picture remains mixed, as budget negotiations stall ; House Republicans hold controversial hearings on EPA rules; Bills introduced to improve forensic science; Senate committee examines EPA rule on air pollution from fracking; Federal science and technology in brief
Rahul Rekhi, Neal Lane
Insights from several fields on how people learn to become experts can help us to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
Michael Hout, Stuart Elliott, Sara Frueh
Test-based incentives, which reward or sanction schools, teachers, and students based on students' test scores, have dominated U.S. education policy for decades. But a recent study suggests that they should be used with caution and carefully evaluated.
A basic human need, water can be the source of social conflicts. With safeguards, including informed government polices and management decisions, the dangers can be defused.
Human beings and governments typically make irrational decisions. Taking this into account in personal planning and in policymaking offers improved results.
Rockets are 20th-century technology. A government effort to develop new launch technologies could open the door to a vast array of new opportunities for space exploration and development.
Technological innovation alone will not revive the U.S. economy. We must also update some of the underlying rules that govern the ways that we make economic decisions.
For the past 40 years, political leaders have promised that government can plan and engineer a fundamental transformation of our energy industry They were wrong.
Jennifer Liu, Deborah Gardner
As science increasingly crosses borders, so do the implications of deeply personal health sciences. Can new voices help in bioethical dialogue?