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Is Innovation China’s Next Great Leap Forward?

Summer 2018


What skills gap?; The next flood; How driverless cars think; Big data, small towns; Sustainable infrastructure; Question your algorithms.

From the Hill

Senate echoes House support for DOE science; House advances defense spending, constrains environmental research; NASA defends some programs, rethinks others; Fretting about Chinese technology theft; EPA science advisory board votes to review Pruitt actions; GAO report on climate change funding; FDA files injunctions against stem cell companies; NIH opens enrollment in All of Us; NIH changes course on industry opioids partnership

Editor’s Journal: Can the Public Be Trusted?

Kevin Finneran

Can the public be trusted?

Perspective: Adapting to Global Warming: Four National Priorities

Bruce R. Guile, Rajul E. Pandya

Perspective: Self-Driving Cars: How Soon Is Soon Enough?

Jack Barkenbus

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: What Is Science in the National Interest?

J. Britt Holbrook

Opening Up the Climate Policy Envelope

Roger Pielke Jr.

Fudged assumptions about the future are hampering efforts to deal with climate change in the present. It’s time to get real.

Is Innovation China’s Next Great Leap Forward?

John Deutch

The United States is the world’s innovation leader, but it can no longer take its premier position for granted.

Beyond Patents

Jeffrey Funk

Scholars of innovation use patenting as an indicator of both innovativeness and the value of science. It might be neither.

Nuclear Power Needs Leadership, but Not from the Military

Michael J. Ford, Ahmed Abdulla, M. Granger Morgan

Proponents of today’s beleaguered nuclear power industry want the US Department of Defense to lead in commercial reactor development and deployment. Bad idea. Here’s a modest alternative.

The Limits of Dual Use

Tara Mahfoud, Christine Aicardi, Saheli Datta, Nikolas Rose

Distinguishing between military and civilian applications of scientific research and technology development has become increasingly difficult. A more nuanced framework is needed to guide research.

The Natural Gas Grid Needs Better Monitoring

Gerad Freeman, Jay Apt, Michael Dworkin

Hundreds of times each year the natural gas pipeline system fails, shutting down electric power plants, but there is no national system to record these events and help us improve reliability.

Real Numbers: Indicators of R&D Tax Support

Fernando Galindo-Rueda, Silvia Appelt, Ana González-Cabral

Book Review: Varieties of Technological Experience

Carl Mitcham

The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics
, by 
Yuk Hui.

Book Review: Keeping the Lights On

Kai N. Lee

Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure
, by 
Mason Willrich.