Fallen Fruit

David Allan Burns and Austin Young, "Natural History: Native Plants" (detail), 2020

The Subversive Beauty of Fallen Fruit

Halfway through Agnès Varda’s 2000 film The Gleaners and I, a judge in full regalia stands in a field of newly harvested tomatoes and reads an edict from 1554 that authorizes “the poor, the wretched, and the underprivileged to go to the fields after the harvest, from sunrise to sundown, and glean leftover fruit and vegetables.” The artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit have joyfully adopted the ancient practice of gleaning and brought it to contemporary urban neighborhoods.Read More

Global Climate Policy

Time for the G7 to Lead on Climate Policy

The evidence of rapidly changing climate conditions around the world and the messages of successive scientific assessments since 1990 have not yet led to hard policy decisions and actions. Preliminary analysis suggests that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 have fully rebounded after their pandemic-related temporary reduction in 2020. We therefore must ask the inconvenient question of whether the science-based warming limits of the Paris Agreement are still within reach.Read More

STEM Equity

Expanding Science Fellowship Opportunities

Receiving a prestigious fellowship for graduate science training can transform the recipient’s academic and professional career. But some of the most respected fellowships are awarded disproportionately to students at a small number of very well-resourced universities.Read More


Lisa Nilsson, "Abdomen" (detail), 2011

Tissue Series

The ancient art of quilling was practiced by nuns and monks during the Renaissance. Artist Lisa Nilsson uses the same technique on a very modern subject: cross sections of the human body typically created by medical imaging technologies.Read More


Lisa Nilsson, "Female Thorax" (detail), 2013

Cadaver, Speak: 15

Poet Marianne Boruch was inspired by her experience participating in a dissection lab with 16 medical students, learning about human anatomy through cadaver dissections.Read More

Governing the Barely Imagined

Imagining Governance for Emerging Technologies

Many rapidly emerging health-related technologies transcend today’s regulatory boundaries, posing questions about how the technologies will affect society and how they should be governed.Read More

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The Spring 2022 Issues features a discussion with Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, a look at the role of power thieves in modernizing Mexico City, an exploration of lethal autonomous weapons regulation, and much more. 

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Charting a New Course for Biosafety

A well-designed biosafety strategy is necessary to resolve today’s inconsistent governance while catalyzing scientific innovation, economic growth, and public benefits. Modern biosafety efforts should break with tradition and take a fresh, proactive, risk-based approach to understand, detect, and mitigate biosafety risks.Read More

Data Systems

Building a Data Infrastructure for the Bioeconomy

In an era of rapid environmental change, sophisticated biological threats, and an economy enabled by biotechnology, the United States should establish a standing capacity to collect, harmonize, and sustain a wide range of data types and sources.Read More

Reshaping NSF

Fostering Innovation to Strengthen US Competitiveness

American competitiveness—and the effectiveness of the National Science Foundation’s new directorate—can be maximized by fostering breakthrough innovations. Here are evidence-based principles drawn from scholarship and previous experience that can serve as a guide to building institutions that promote innovation.Read More

Youth Mental Health

When Youth Are Experts in the Field

To make research relevant and responsive to the diverse lived experiences of young people, it must incorporate the personal knowledge about the world gained through firsthand accounts of everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people.Read More


Creativity During COVID

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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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