Climate and Energy

The articles in the Summer 2017 Issues in Science and Technology aim to tackle the fundamental aspects of science and society that will shape the world’s future direction. Sheila Jasanoff provides an insightful historical review of the evolving role of scientific expertise in public affairs and makes a compelling case for a nuanced, transdisciplinary, and collective effort to arrive at some widely shared public truths that can provide a foundation for public policy debates. Richard Harris addresses pervasive evidence of a decline in biomedical research reliability. Keith Kloor worries about what happens to scientific disinterestedness in research areas such as climate change and endangered species where the public debate has become highly politicized.

Editor's Journal

From the Hill

  • From the Hill – Summer 2017

    Trump Budget Proposal: Gloomy, but Just a Proposal The eyes of the research community are focused on the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which was released in May, and its fate… Read More



Book Reviews

  • The Cybernetics Moment book cover

    A Coming of (Information) Age Story

    What was cybernetics? As Ronald Kline tells it in his new intellectual history, The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, cybernetics suffered from being too many… Read More
  • Book cover of the Vaccine Race

    Culture Research

    Vaccinations, now a cornerstone of public health programs worldwide, are one of science and public health’s most impressive success stories. Ironically, it is precisely because immunization is so effective at preventing disease… Read More
  • Cycles of Invention and Discovery book cover

    The End of the Line

    Innovation is almost universally desired but almost always misunderstood. Confusion abounds over such basic tasks as how to describe how innovation works and even what counts as innovation. If culture conditions innovation,… Read More
  • Histories of an Innovation Icon

    Sharon Weinberger’s new book, The Imagineers of War, provides a history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a technology research and development (R&D) agency at the Department of Defense.… Read More
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