Limiting the Tools of War

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

  • Weapons and Hope

    Weapons and Hope As Freeman Dyson observes in his book Weapons and Hope, scientists and engineers have a complex relationship with military weapons. Advances in science have over the years made… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Spring 2003

    Nondefense R&D would take a hit in proposed FY 2004 budget On February 3, President Bush proposed a 4.2 percent increase in federal R&D for fiscal year (FY) 2004. However, most of… Read More



Real Numbers

  • When Children Die

    The death of a child is a special sorrow, an enduring loss for surviving mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, other family members, and close friends. No matter the circumstances, a child’s death is… Read More

Book Reviews

  • Strategic Computing book cover

    Computer technology

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Strategic Computing program was a 10-year billion-dollar initiative to advance “machine intelligence” by pushing forward in coordinated fashion technologies for powerful computer systems that could… Read More
  • Deceit and Denial Book Cover with Industrial Machines

    Reducing toxic risks

    In Deceit and Denial, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner provide a carefully documented history of the rapid growth in the use of toxic substances by U.S. industry, juxtaposed against the tragic… Read More
  • Beyond Earth Day book cover

    Stale environmentalism

    As a U.S. senator in the 1960s, Gaylord Nelson was clearly ahead of his time. His prescience is nicely illustrated in a letter (reprinted in Beyond Earth Day) that he sent… Read More
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