The Road to a New Energy System

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

  • Why Is This So Hard?

    If everyone from T. Boone Pickens to Vinood Khosla to Steven Chu agrees that the world needs to develop affordable, low-carbon, efficient, and sustainable energy technologies, why do we have to spend… Read More


  • Forum

    Too few fish in the sea Carl Safina’s review of how traditional fisheries management strategies have failed both the fish and the fishermen is right on target, as are his recommendations for… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill

    House approves climate and energy bill, Senate begins work In a 219-212 vote on June 26, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), a bill to cap… Read More



Book Reviews

  • Water Woes

    True to his title, in Unquenchable, legal scholar and water expert Robert Glennon describes a cross-section of the nation’s water problems and offers several prescriptions. But Glennon is never dusty and Read More
  • Science in the New Russia book cover by Loren Graham

    Russian Science Odyssey

    The complex rivalries and connections between Soviet and U.S. science and technology were a subject of intense worldwide interest during the era of “big science” and throughout the Cold War, and Science Read More
  • Cover of book titled Future Imperfect

    Embracing uncertainty

    This book is a pudding with a theme. The pudding is a mélange of observations on the cultural, economic, and political implications of the Internet, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, space exploration, and various… Read More
  • Smallpox book cover by D.A. Henderson

    A pox on Smallpox

    Smallpox is a severe viral disease that claimed hundreds of millions of lives during the course of history. A uniquely human affliction, it killed a third of its victims and left the… Read More
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