Electric Vehicles

Computers on Wheels?

Major American automakers infamously scrapped their electric vehicle programs in the early 2000s. This left an opening for new players, informed by and emerging from the information technology revolution. Guided by experience with materials, systems, and modes of organizing innovation from Silicon Valley, the movement spawned a powerful metaphor: the electric vehicle as a computer on wheels.Read More

The Ongoing Transformation

What’s Driving the Electric Car Revival?

On our latest episode, Matthew N. Eisler talks with host Jason Lloyd about the complex history of electric vehicle adoption, how a powerful metaphor invited new players into car manufacturing, and what the electric car revival might mean for infrastructure such as electric grids. Read More

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Ambiguities in Neurotech Regulation

Despite their promise, breakthrough neurotechnologies that are in development face a critical barrier: the growing gap between innovations and the current policy for regulating and managing medical devices. Before more advanced neurotechnologies enter the market, policymakers must find ways to close this rift.Read More

Brain Science

The Complicated Legacy of Terry Wallis and His Brain Injury

After an accident in 1984, Terry Wallis was considered by his care team to be in a state of permanent unconsciousness—until he suddenly awoke in 2003. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Terry’s awakening set off a “golden age” of brain science, profoundly changing the scientific, moral, ethical, and legal understandings of consciousness. Read More

Risk Communication

Mental Models for Scientists Communicating With the Public

Scientists and their institutions should embrace evidence-based models of communication with the public. One well-tested model is risk communication, which is the exchange of information for the purpose of making a good decision about a potential harm.Read More

Border Surveillance

A Kafkaesque Border System

As a recent book describes it, the immigration surveillance system sounds like something out Franz Kafka: impersonal bureaucracies that choose and input datapoints in the often punitive immigration system, process these data without regard to the lives they represent, and stream them out summarily in unappealable judgments.Read More

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The Winter Issue

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The Winter 2023 Issues explores the ethics of patient care during the golden age of neuroscience; how a metaphor borrowed from consumer electronics helped reinvigorate the electric vehicle industry; fixing academia’s approach to sexual harassment; and much more. 

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Human Genome Editing

CRISPR’s Icarus

He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysicist who defied international scientific consensus to orchestrate the germline gene editing of human embryos using CRISPR, sparked an international furor and landed him in prison, but a new film raises issues that reach far beyond a naïve and overly ambitious young researcher.Read More

Biological Weapons Convention

Preparing for Twenty-First-Century Bioweapons

The landscape of international conflict is changing, and the Biological Weapons Convention must prepare for a future of weapons and wars that looks different from those the treaty was designed to prevent.Read More

Transportation Emissions

Pathways to More Rapidly Reduce Transportation’s Climate Change Impact

A strategy focused on battery electric vehicles alone does not recognize some of these vehicles’ limitations nor the advantages of other climate-friendly technologies. There are alternative policy options that could reduce carbon dioxide emissions much more quickly.Read More

Health Security

The United States Needs a Director of National Health Security

Fixing the health security enterprise demands foundational change. To successfully coordinate health security resources and response requires a consolidated leadership structure that can integrate the mission across departments and agencies.Read More


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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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