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Drug Pricing

Your Money or Your Life

Victor Roy’s book is a dense, thoroughly researched analysis of drug discovery and development, a deep dive into how the miracle drugs to cure hepatitis C were developed—but failed to reach most patients infected with the virus, which can cause liver failure and death. It’s a trenchant critique of a system that did the work of innovation and then failed to deploy the results.Read More

The Ongoing Transformation

Stuart Buck on improving science

A Venture Capitalist for Better Science

Stuart Buck has referred to himself as a venture capitalist for making science more efficient, reliable, and accountable. He focuses on making sure that reforms are actually improvements, not performative busywork. In our latest podcast episode, he discusses how metascience—the study of science—has fueled reform, and how to make sure reforms produce the desired effects.Read More

Quantum Workforce

Sean Dudley & Marisa Brazil on Quantum Workforce

Inviting Millions Into the Era of Quantum Technologies

To realize the potential of emerging quantum technologies, the United States must begin developing a quantum information science and technology workforce. Read More

Book Review

An Epic Battle Against Polluters

Paper Valley is a David and Goliath story about how a “peon” in the bowels of the US Department of the Interior worked with—and sometimes without—colleagues to force remediation of Wisconsin’s severely polluted Fox River.Read More

Democracy and Science

Birch Cent 1792

What a Coin From 1792 Reveals About America’s Scientific Enterprise

The Birch Cent is known today mainly to coin collectors, but it’s an important artifact of how the American scientific enterprise has been shaped, both as a driver of national progress and an expression of liberty.Read More

Equal Access

Fifty Years of Strategies for Equal Access to Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation’s initiatives to expand access to graduate STEM fellowships over the last fifty years offer useful lessons as college administrators seek to broaden access and participation.Read More

In Focus

Navigating a polluted information ecosystem
  • Navigating a Polluted Information Ecosystem

    Fake newsmisinformation, and disinformation have become bywords for problematic online content. But these labels provide little understanding of the ways people create and share information. A new series from Issues explores how to navigate and improve today’s information ecosystems.

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As Issues celebrates its fortieth anniversary, we continue to explore new ways to broaden the science and technology policy conversation. 

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Oppenheimer

The Slippery Slope of Scientific Ethics

For students of science policy, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s work on the Manhattan Project is a quintessential case study in the ethics of science. What does the biopic about the scientist get right or wrong, which issues does it interrogate, and what does it elide?Read More

Film Review

No Ordinary Documentary

By the time they’re diagnosed, most ALS patients have only months or a few years to live. There are no cures and few effective treatments. But DC lawyer Brian Wallach, who knew nothing about ALS before his diagnosis, sought to make treatment a policy priority. A new documentary chronicles his remarkable success.Read More

Human Development

The Camouflaged Metaphysics of Embryos

Last summer, the Supreme Court overturned the right to an abortion in the United States. The ramifications of that decision continue to play out across interpretations of the whole human reproductive process, including in health care and technology. Jane Maienschein sees opportunities for thoughtful reflection and crafting of better informed, more nuanced policies.Read More

The ISSUES Interview

Tristan Harris

“The Complexity of Technology’s Consequences Is Going Up Exponentially, But Our Wisdom and Awareness Are Not.”

Tristan Harris, a technology ethicist and the cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, talked with Issues editor Sara Frueh about the challenge of online misinformation, ways to govern artificial intelligence, and a vision of technology that strengthens democracy.Read More

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Creativity During COVID

cpnas creative responses archive

A Time Capsule of Creative Responses to the Pandemic

Creativity often flourishes in stressful times. A remarkable collection of creative responses from individuals, communities, organizations, and industries is now available to explore in a new archive.Read More

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