What skills gap?; The next flood; How driverless cars think; Big data, small towns; Sustainable infrastructure; Question your algorithms.
From the Hill
Senate echoes House support for DOE science; House advances defense spending, constrains environmental research; NASA defends some programs, rethinks others; Fretting about Chinese technology theft; EPA science advisory board votes to review Pruitt actions; GAO report on climate change funding; FDA files injunctions against stem cell companies; NIH opens enrollment in All of Us; NIH changes course on industry opioids partnership
Editor’s Journal: Can the Public Be Trusted?
Can the public be trusted?
Perspective: Self-Driving Cars: How Soon Is Soon Enough?
Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: What Is Science in the National Interest?
J. Britt Holbrook
Roger Pielke Jr.
Fudged assumptions about the future are hampering efforts to deal with climate change in the present. It’s time to get real.
The United States is the world’s innovation leader, but it can no longer take its premier position for granted.
Scholars of innovation use patenting as an indicator of both innovativeness and the value of science. It might be neither.
Michael J. Ford, Ahmed Abdulla, M. Granger Morgan
Proponents of today’s beleaguered nuclear power industry want the US Department of Defense to lead in commercial reactor development and deployment. Bad idea. Here’s a modest alternative.
The Limits of Dual Use
Tara Mahfoud, Christine Aicardi, Saheli Datta, Nikolas Rose
Distinguishing between military and civilian applications of scientific research and technology development has become increasingly difficult. A more nuanced framework is needed to guide research.
The Natural Gas Grid Needs Better Monitoring
Gerad Freeman, Jay Apt, Michael Dworkin
Hundreds of times each year the natural gas pipeline system fails, shutting down electric power plants, but there is no national system to record these events and help us improve reliability.
Real Numbers: Indicators of R&D Tax Support
Fernando Galindo-Rueda, Silvia Appelt, Ana González-Cabral
Book Review: Varieties of Technological Experience
Book Review: Keeping the Lights On
Kai N. Lee