Congress passes budget deal, launches frenetic appropriations activity; House, Senate release COMPETES Act discussion drafts: Congress in brief; Agency updates.
The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk, and Poor Economics: A radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo (reviewed by Steve Fuller); A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse, by Theresa Levitt (Jody A. Roberts); Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age, by Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden (Rex Hughes).
Liz Larner’s X
The Military of the Future
Universal Conscription as Technology Policy
In a world where battles are increasingly fought by robotic vehicles and computer malware, national security may not be well-served by a small, culturally homogeneous military. Is it time to bring back the draft?
A planetary tour in photos by Edward Burtynsky.
All Adaptation Is Local
Attention to the political context of coastal communities will be necessary if the United States is to improve on its current storm-by-storm approach to climate adaptation.
The GMO-Suicide Myth
Opponents of using genetically modified cotton in India claim that the technology has resulted in the suicides of hundreds of thousands of farmers. They appear to be wrong, and the real reasons why Indian farmers take their own lives remain largely unaddressed.
My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process
From scientists to basketball coaches, putting pencil to paper is essential.
When All Models Are Wrong More stringent quality criteria are needed for models used at the science/policy interface. Here is a checklist to aid in the responsible development and use of models.