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Can We Cope if the Lights Go Out?

Spring 2002


Editor’s Journal: Let (Most) Discussions Begin

Kevin Finneran

From the Hill

Federal R&D in FY 2002 will have biggest percentage gain in 20 years; Bush FY 2003 R&D budget increases would go mostly to DOD, NIH; New program for math and science teachers receives little funding; Congress considers additional antiterrorism legislation; Proposal for comprehensive cloning ban debated; Future is cloudy for Space Station as new NASA chief takes helm; Language on evolution attached to education law


A Makeover for Engineering Education

Wm. A. Wulf, George M. C. Fisher

Today's engineering schools are not preparing their graduates as well as they might for useful practice in the 21st century.

Life-Saving Products from Coral Reefs

Andrew W. Bruckner

Coral reefs are storehouses of genetic resources with vast medicinal potential, but they must be properly managed.

A Sweeter Deal at Yucca Mountain

Luther J. Carter

Congress should approve the nuclear waste repository, but it needs to offer more substantial benefits to Nevada.

Bolstering the Security of the Electric Power System

Alexander E. Farrell, Lester B. Lave, Granger Morgan

The infrastructure cannot be made invulnerable, but the industry can improve its ability to provide service even when attacked.

Solving the Broadband Paradox

Adam D. Thierer

The technology is ready, but the market is not. Deregulation, not subsidies, will speed adoption.

Environmental Policy for Developing Countries

Ruth Greenspan Bell, Clifford Russell

Most nations lack the infrastructure and expertise necessary to implement the market-based strategies being recommended by the international development banks.

Putting Teeth in the Biological Weapons Convention

Jonathan B. Tucker

The Bush administration's proposals for bolstering the treaty are useful but inadequate.

Can the Pentagon Be Run Like a Business?

Ivan Eland

A more concerted effort is needed to reduce wasteful spending and correct poor management practices.

Updating Automotive Research

Daniel Sperling

Although the Bush plan for a new generation of vehicles has merit, more will be needed to accelerate commercialization.

Book Review: Science at the CIA

Melvin A. Goodman

The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology
, by 
Jeffrey T. Richelson.

Book Review: Imaginary hazards, imaginary cures

Robert L. Park

Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense Against Health Scares & Scams
, by 
Steven J. Milloy.