Whither universities?; Climate model worries; Good behavior; Biomedical overbuilding?
House Appropriations smiles on NASA, trims NSF; Bipartisanship not dead; Energy title of the COMPETES bill introduced; House appropriations committee approves transportation funding; House approves defense authorization bill; 21st Century Cures Act advances; Senate PATENT Act introduced; OSTP releases draft National Space Weather Strategy; NIH reaffirms stance on gene-editing of human embryos; NIH releases Alzheimer’s agenda.
Andy Stirling, Dominic Glover, Erik Millstone
Climate clubs are a policy option that will put pressure on countries to participate in global agreements—or pay a price.
Robert L. Hirsch
The inherent limitations of the tokamak design for fusion power will prevent it from becoming commercially viable, but the lessons from this effort can inform future research.
Gary E. Marchant, Wendell Wallach
A new institutional mechanism is needed serve as an issue manager to coordinate and inform responses to emerging technologies with powerful social implications.
Employers say that future workers will need a richer mix of skills and capabilities. The challenge for educators will be to redefine educational content, find a way to convey it effectively, and develop a means to assess student progress.
Access to reliable data will help students and their parents—as well as government policymakers—make informed educational decisions.
Donna K. Ginther
The Ph.D. was once the stepping stone to an academic research career, but that path is becoming less accessible. Is doctoral training the best preparation for a secure academic career?
Melinda Gormley, Melissae Fellet
This historic debate from the height of the Cold War provides a refreshing perspective on science and politics.
Medical technology continues to open new possibilities, and this science fiction story explores some of the legal and ethical decisions that could confront us.
G. Pascal Zachary