Views From the Inside

The Spring 2021 Issues in Science and Technology explores the weirdness of the cognitive ecosystem, the unpredictable politics of nuclear power, and the daunting ethics of ventilator allocation—all evidence of a world remaking itself before our eyes.

Editor's Journal

  • Inside Science Politics

    Three competing agendas are now coming into focus in the debate over US science policy. One looks toward supporting the institutions that were successful in the past, one considers solving the problems of the present, and the third proposes to prepare for the unknown. Taken together, they suggest an extraordinary moment for new alignments and goals for the nation’s scientific enterprise.

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  • Data for the People!

    Experts discuss the future of data privacy in the hands of individual patients and how that might affect health care.

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  • A Higher Ed Maelstrom

    Expert discusses challenges public universities have faced with building investments during the pandemic and the future of those investments.

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  • Making Roads Safer for Everyone

    Roads will only become safer for pedestrians if planners and policymakers address the root causes of unsafe roads.

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  • Missing Millions

    Kaye Husbands Fealing discusses the “missing millions” concept, which encompasses gaps in data collection on things like race and ethnicity.

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  • COVID and Disability

    What will the world look after the COVID-19 pandemic—and will we continue to lack proper infrastructure for the increasing number of people with disabilities?

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  • Innovating Nurses

    Experts discuss nursing innovations from the past and during the pandemic, despite a lack of adequate resources.

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  • The Importance of a Computer Science Education

    In “A Plan to Offer Computer Science Classes in All North Carolina High Schools” (Issues, Winter 2021), Lena Abu-El-Haija and Fay Cobb Payton make a compelling case for how to… Read More
  • Choosing Electric Vehicle Policies With Care

    If the United States is going to pursue stronger industrial policy for electric vehicles, what, exactly, should these policies be?

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  • Why Buy Electric?

    It is true that the United States, once the global leader in electric vehicles, is falling behind China and Europe, as John Paul Helveston writes in “Why the US Trails the World… Read More
  • Maintaining Control Over AI

    A pioneer in the field of human-computer interaction, Ben Shneiderman continues to make a compelling case that humans must always maintain control over the technologies they create. In “Human-Centered AI” (IssuesRead More



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Book Reviews


    Leyner on Love

    Reading Mark Leyner’s fiction is like entering an elevator where every button is labeled in menacing gibberish.

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    Open to Experimentation

    The idea that science philanthropy should improve society is noncontroversial: other than movie villains, who sets out to make society worse? It’s much harder, though, to identify research that makes society better off, not only in the direct sense (“Is this grant going to generate something useful?”) but also in the more abstract sense (“What does a better-off society look like?”).

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  • Talking Past Each Other

    The pandemic has upended our notions of what the future could hold, possibly motivating an overdue reconsideration of efforts to confront a future of climate change. Policymakers’ current inability to move past incrementalism on an issue of planetary scale is absurd, even morally offensive. We simply can’t do what we’ve done for three decades and expect different results. A carbon tax won’t save the planet.

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  • The Manichean Mann

    The nefarious hand of the fossil-fuel lobby is everywhere. This worldview leads Mann to some ludicrous contentions that, taken together, result in The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet offering an incoherent and distinctly unhelpful narrative on climate change.

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