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A Plan to Develop Open Science’s Green Shoots into a Thriving Garden

Over the past decades, the movement for open science has developed from an abstract set of principles to mainstream, real-world activities. Now it’s time to consider how much faster and farther the open science movement could go with intentional, systems-level coordination. Read More


Building Community in the Bayou 

Monique Verdin joins host JD Talasek to discuss using art and science to understand a Gulf that is being reshaped by climate, industry, and more. A citizen of the United Houma Nation, Verdin’s art practice and community activism give voice to indigenous and marginalized communities in the South while building bridges with science communities.Read More

Science Philanthropy

Lessons From a Decade of Philanthropy for Interdisciplinary Energy Research

As the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Energy and Environment Program reaches its 10-year anniversary, Evan Michelson and Isabella Gee reflect on lessons learned from a decade of grantmaking for research aimed at decarbonizing energy systems.Read More


A Great Bioeconomy for the Great Lakes

Two researchers and a high school student argue that a bioeconomy could take root in the Midwest and Great Lakes area, transforming the region’s stagnating economy and addressing some of its unique ecological challenges, if interventions are finely calibrated for local communities and resources. The effort should begin in both college and high school classrooms and then build connections to a community that spans students, scientists, entrepreneurs, and administrators alike.Read More

Visiting the Archives

Revisiting the Connection Between Innovation, Education, and Regional Economic Growth

Forty years ago, Bruce Babbitt, then governor of Arizona, argued in the first issue of Issues that science and tech innovation had been discovered to be “the prime force for economic growth and job creation.” The last four decades have tested the soundness of this claim, Wang writes, and technological innovation alone has not been an economic silver bullet.Read More

In Focus

An AI Society

Artificial intelligence is reshaping society, but human forces shape AI. Getting governance wrong could mean narrowing cultural narratives, de-incentivizing creativity, and exploiting workers. In a new collection of 11 essays, social scientists and humanities experts explore how to harness the interaction between AI and society, revealing urgent avenues for research and policy.

Art by Amy Karle.Read More

The Winter Issue


To deepen one’s engagement is to be absorbed in nuance and complexity, but also to emerge with greater clarity and understanding. This is precisely what the essays in the Winter 2024 issue aim to do. 

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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


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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