Fixing the Disconnects
As the country heads into an uncertain winter, we have collected a series of articles examining how human considerations around technology, as well as institutions of governance, can offer new insights for policymakers working on climate. Delving into the intricacies of energy access, climate adaptation, biodiversity, religion, and California’s wildfires, our contributors show how thinking deeply about the human side of our dilemmas can inspire new policy choices, address inequities, and solve even seemingly intractable problems.
Deus ex TechnologicaRead More
The world’s collective belief in the deus ex technologica to solve problems such as COVID-19 seems tragically misguided—and should make us reexamine other problems that we’ve framed as technological.
Improving the Quality of Biomedical ResearchRead More
Which Way to Run?Read More
Modernizing Privacy Risk AssessmentRead More
Involving the Public in Space MissionsRead More
Foreign Students in the United StatesRead More
Scientific Integrity as Recruitment ToolRead More
Supporting a New Innovation EcosystemRead More
Fossil Preparators and Inclusive ScienceRead More
Climate Change and CommunitiesRead More
Designing a New AIRead More
Scientific Cooperation with ChinaRead More
A New Compact for S&T PolicyRead More
Wired and CERN
Invisible FishRead More
A prose poem from the US poet laureate evokes a land of a mystery and delicate beauty that is somehow also recognizably our own.
Faith & ScienceRead More
Vannevar Bush profoundly influenced how all of us think and write about the technological foundations of the everyday human-built world. Bush was also deeply involved in scientific debates that still resonate today.
Bringing Open Source to the Global Lab BenchRead More
Open science hardware is cheaper, easier to maintain, and allows more people in more places to do science. To encourage broader use, funding agencies, universities, and international organizations should collaborate and incentivize researchers to develop and share hardware designs.
Protecting Society From Surveillance SpywareRead More
Mercenary spyware firms are running rampant in a digital ecosystem that is invasive by design, insecure, poorly regulated, and easily exploited. It’s time to set some limits.
“Major Reforms Have Been Driven by Crisis”Read More
Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome charitable foundation in the United Kingdom, discusses the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what society must do to prepare for future global crises.
Inhabited Landscapes 8
Where Conversations Happen and Values EmergeRead More
What spurs religious action on climate change? The answer lies more in dialogue than in doctrine.
New Ways to Get to High GroundRead More
Benefit-cost analysis for sustainability and resilience planning needs new tools to proactively meet community needs and ensure that projects are successful.
Astonishingly HyperconnectedRead More
Only by recognizing the complexity of biodiversity and the ancient and ongoing evolutionary and ecological processes that drive it will it be possible to develop coherent policies for sustaining the planet’s biodiversity and the services that it provides.
Fixing the Disconnect Around Energy AccessRead More
The divergent fates of two community mini-grids in Nigeria illustrate why energy systems should be built to enable economic transformation.
Redefining SecurityRead More
The recent National Intelligence Estimate on climate change illustrates how traditional national security approaches must be expanded to contend with global environmental change.
Encompassing the Innovation PanoplyRead More
As US science policy shifts toward a new model intended to stimulate economic growth, the country must create an institutional infrastructure for federal industrial policy.
Bureaucracies for the BetterRead More
To continue to lift its population out of poverty, India should give its energy ministries a new mandate—moving the country away from coal and toward a more sustainable economy.
How Do We Price an Unknowable Risk?Read More
Devised by economists and set by bureaucrats, the social cost of carbon has a powerful moral implication: the sacrifice society is willing to make for posterity.
Behind the Bougainvillea Curtain: Wildfires and InequalityRead More
More equitable approaches to preparation and relief efforts for wildfires and other disasters must include undocumented Latino and Indigenous migrants.
Innovation as a Force for EquityRead More
Today’s health innovation system doesn’t benefit everyone equally. To change it we need to think differently about expertise, innovation, and systems for ensuring access to crucial technologies.
Photography of the Anthropocene
Reconceptualizing the Public Research UniversityRead More
In a compelling new memoir, the former president of Georgia Tech recounts how he steadied and turned around a lagging institution.
Power’s Real ChallengesRead More
A new book about the US energy system makes a crucial omission in analysis: the fact that the electric power system is an economic undertaking of extraordinary complexity and interconnectedness.