Everything You’ve Ever Learned
Science and technology can be redemptive forces for the world. But on the wings of transformative science and technology, we traded, among other things, a strong manufacturing base that provided secure jobs and decent livelihoods for a gig economy that doesn’t. We invested in innovation that created untold wealth, and let a tiny portion of society capture most of it. We celebrate the creative destruction of technological innovation, but a good society would be one that figures out how to use its immense financial and technological powers not just to nourish the creation but to mitigate the destruction.
How Good Is Science?Read More
Science is a political panacea. Is it a social one? If breakthrough, frontier, high-risk, translational, transformative science actually comes to pass, what sort of nation will it leave us with? A society good at science isn’t the same as a good society, one worthy of science’s promise and gifts.
Beyond Trust in ScienceRead More
Cognitive EcosystemsRead More
Principles for US Industrial PolicyRead More
Democratizing Talent and IdeasRead More
Science for PolicyRead More
Practically WiseRead More
Teaching the Stories of ScienceRead More
Thinking Like A CitizenRead More
Nuclear Waste StorageRead More
A Viable Nuclear IndustryRead More
Eratosthenes Measures the WorldRead More
“Staring into his little sphere, / contemplating a visible heaven—its movements— / he thought / there is a path / to map the boundaries of this planet.” An award-winning poet envisions a moment of discovery.
Cleaning Up Delhi’s Deadly Fall Smog Requires an Even Greener RevolutionRead More
The annual air pollution crisis in Delhi has roots in the country’s famed Green Revolution and is an example of how rapidly rural agriculture is evolving, creating new and highly complex environmental issues in an increasingly industrialized India.
Lost in Translation: Why Animal Research Fails to Deliver on Its PromiseRead More
Given that animal research is ethically dubious and methodologically unsound, why do scientists continue to experiment on animals?
Research on Solar Climate Intervention Is the Best Defense Against Moral HazardRead More
As concerns about global warming mount and international efforts to address it lag, should public policy be encouraging or inhibiting research on technologies to reflect sunlight away from the earth?
When the Unspeakable Is No Longer Taboo: Growth Without Economic GrowthRead More
An obsession with economic growth is wrecking society and harming the planet. What if policymakers focused on improving the quality of citizens’ lives rather than on quantitative economic indicators?
“We Really Should Be Talking About an Ethics of Policymaking, Not Just the Bare-Knuckle Politics of Policymaking.”Read More
R. Alta Charo gives a bioethicist’s perspective on vaccine mandates, the regulation of CRISPR gene-editing technology, and balancing society’s collective interests with personal liberties.
Think About Water
Everything You’ve Ever LearnedSofia spent 15 years as an active-duty member of the military. While deployed in Afghanistan and stationed in Georgia and Japan, she was involved in logistics planning and management as well as… Read More
A Concerted and Equitable Approach to Managed RetreatRead More
US policies for addressing climate migration focus on disaster response efforts and to a lesser extent on managed retreat, but none provide much support for the most at-risk populations.
True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising WatersRead More
In light of increased flooding and rising sea levels, a number of new, expensive, and publicly contentious managed-retreat projects are being discussed, planned, and implemented.
Unmasking Scientific ExpertiseRead More
If we want to rebuild a shared public trust in expertise, we will need a more realistic and humane language to talk about scientific expertise and its place in our political life—an account of expertise that is worthy of the public’s trust.
How Climate Scenarios Lost Touch With RealityRead More
The continuing misuse of scenarios in climate research has become pervasive and consequential—so much so that we view it as one of the most significant failures of scientific integrity in the twenty-first century thus far. We need a course correction.
Time to Say Goodbye to Our Heroes?Read More
To increase the speed and impact of knowledge creation, the United States must radically restructure research funding and resources away from big names—and toward our biggest questions.
Innovation-Based Economic SecurityRead More
After decades of operating with very little orchestration, and in a world where the United States was dominant in science and engineering capabilities, the US government needs to change the way it coordinates S&T policy with economic and regulatory actions and international agreements that affect innovation-based economic security.
A New S&T Policy for a New Global RealityRead More
Economic value can be captured from global sources and integrated locally—but it requires deliberate actions, appropriate for the new situation. Just as national security depends on allies and alliances, so too must science and technology policy. US economic security and prosperity requires creating strategic international collaborations.
Not So FastRead More
One of the central themes of Henry T. Greely’s new book on CRISPR gene editing is that Science—the capital S signifying the scientific community as a collective—has given short shrift to those societal aspects of the political decisions that need to be made. At times, this process has seemed almost comical.
We Haven’t Really Cracked the Code of LifeRead More
When it comes to DNA, our code breaking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: if the Allies had had the same level of expertise in actual cryptology that scientists now have with DNA, they might well have lost World War II.
More and More and More CultureRead More
Streaming platforms have transformed how people consume culture. But could streaming change “the fundamental structure of capitalism”?