Can We Cope if the Lights Go Out?
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.
- Photo: U.S. Navy Photograph Operation Deep Freeze The U.S. Navy’s Operation Deep Freeze I, launched in December 1955, set up facilities in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, for use in the upcoming International Geophysical… Read More
- A more concerted effort is needed to reduce wasteful spending and correct poor management practices. The U.S. defense industry is hardly a bastion of free market competition. The industry has a socialist… Read More
- The infrastructure cannot be made invulnerable, but the industry can improve its ability to provide service even when attacked. The 2001 terrorist attacks made it clear that our airliners, tall buildings, water,… Read More
- Most nations lack the infrastructure and expertise necessary to implement the market-based strategies being recommended by the international development banks. Most developing countries have long since established laws and formal governmental structures… Read More
- Coral reefs are storehouses of genetic resources with vast medicinal potential, but they must be properly managed. During the past decade, marine biotechnology has been applied to the areas of public health… Read More
- Congress should approve the nuclear waste repository, but it needs to offer more substantial benefits to Nevada. As this is written in the late winter of 2002, the stage is set for… Read More
- Today’s engineering schools are not preparing their graduates as well as they might for useful practice in the 21st century. Hollywood directors are said to be only as good as their last… Read More
- Although the Bush plan for a new generation of vehicles has merit, more will be needed to accelerate commercialization. On January 9, 2002, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Spencer Abraham announced a… Read More
- The technology is ready, but the market is not. Deregulation, not subsidies, will speed adoption. If The Graduate were being filmed today, the one-word piece of advice that young Benjamin Braddock would… Read More
- The Bush administration’s proposals for bolstering the treaty are useful but inadequate. In the fall of 2001, letters sent through the U.S. mail containing powdered anthrax bacterial spores killed five people, infected… Read More
- Bush reverses course, supports funding boost for nonproliferation efforts In “Improving U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation” (Issues, Fall 2001), I highlighted the misguided decision of President Bush to propose significant funding reductions… Read More
- Science at the CIA The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, by Jeffrey T. Richelson. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2001, 386 pp. Melvin A. Goodman The… Read More
- Imaginary hazards, imaginary cures Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense Against Health Scares & Scams, by Steven J. Milloy. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2001, 209pp. Snake Oil, by John Diamond. London: Vintage, 2001, … Read More