The Delicate Balance: Environment, Economics, Development

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

  • Let Them Eat Pixels

    President Clinton says, “Our big goal should be to make connection to the Internet as common as connection to telephones is today . . . We want to join with the private… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Spring 2000

    Clinton again proposes big budget increases for NIH, NSF President Clinton would boost total spending on federal research and development (R&D) by 3 percent to $85.3 billion in the fiscal year (FY)… Read More


Real Numbers

Book Reviews

  • Forged Consensus book cover

    Shaping Science Policy

    This is a path-breaking book, destined to influence subsequent academic discussion and historical interpretation of its important topic. David Hart, for the very first time, analyzes the history of public policy debates… Read More
  • Preventative defense book cover

    After the Cold War

    In late 1992, Ashton Carter and William Perry joined John Steinbruner in writing A New Concept of Cooperative Security, a seminal study published by the Brookings Institution. The study’s thesis, subsequently… Read More
  • Book cover of India's Nuclear Bomb

    Nuclear Weapons

    Since India and then Pakistan exploded nuclear devices in May 1998, the world has been grappling with the consequences. In this hefty history of Indian nuclear policy from its origins until the… Read More
  • Hormonal Chaos book cover

    The Endocrine Disrupter Hypothesis

    Concerns about chemicals possibly affecting human and animal health through mimicry of or interference with normal hormonal processes (so-called “endocrine disruption”) have grown among environmental scientists and toxicologists and have increasingly been… Read More
  • Sleeping With Extraterrestrials book cover

    Magical Thinking

    What are we doing wrong? Or more to the point, what is it we’re not doing? Science, the ultimate product of rational thought, is on a roll: One ancient scourge after another… Read More
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