The Future of Higher Education

Every issue explores cutting-edge developments in technology, medicine, education, climate change, and much more. Articles provide in-depth analyses of science and technology’s impact on public policy, the economy, and society—bringing today’s best minds to bear on tomorrow’s most critical topics.

Editor's Journal

  • Wider Education

    December 10, 1999, the day I began to write this column, I came across two press reports that reinforced my belief that the time was right for Issues to publish this special… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Winter 2000

    Big increase for NIH boosts R&D spending in FY 2000 budget Bolstered by the largest-ever dollar increase in R&D spending for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), total federal support for R&D… Read More



Real Numbers

Book Reviews

  • Book cover of The Big Test

    Too much ado about testing

    Nicholas Lemann, a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the outstanding history The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, tells a fascinating… Read More
  • Undue Risks book cover by Jonathan Moreno

    Medical assault

    In Undue Risk, Jonathan Moreno, professor of medical ethics at the University of Virginia, tells the disturbing story of the U.S. government’s secret experiments on its own citizens. Driven primarily by… Read More
  • Pillar of Sand book cover by Sandra Postel

    Water Scarcity

    The most capital-heavy and, in a sense, fundamental technology behind the extraordinary productivity of modern farming is irrigation. So ancient as to be paired with the emergence of the first cities and… Read More
  • Book cover of The Biology of Doom

    Biological warfare

    During the past five years, concern that outlaw states and terrorists could resort to biological warfare (BW) against U.S. troops abroad or civilian populations at home has focused official and public attention… Read More
  • Salmon Without Rivers book cover

    Free the fish

    The coast-wide decline of Pacific salmon is in some respects a familiar story. The basic plot–the advance of development, the loss of habitat, and the emergence of an endangered species crisis–is, unfortunately,… Read More
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