Innovation is the source of economic prosperity and global progress, simplifying routines and enriching quality of life. The internet has fundamentally altered how the world works, communicates and thinks. The global information revolution has ushered in a new era of global conversations, cooperation and crowd-sourcing among researchers, speeding the spread of new ideas and technologies in every discipline. Researchers race to develop energy alternatives, synthetic biology, transportation improvements, environmental protections or cures for disease. Governments must keep up pace with funding of education and infrastructure as well as regulations on patents, immigration, intellectual property protections and more.

US Lags in Race for Tech Talent

US sets up roadblocks; other nations offer speedy path for residency to skilled tech workers
Vivek Wadhwa
October 26, 2012

Amid US Outsourcing Fears, India’s IT Firms Thrive

As candidate, Obama blasts outsourcing; as president, he emphasizes exports and cooperation
Patrick Thibodeau
October 17, 2012

Some Silicon Valley-Style Pioneers Head East

Returnees fight odds to try startups, giving India boost in innovation
Saritha Rai
October 3, 2012

Three Myths About the Arab Uprisings

As Arab turmoil continues, analysts can’t afford to exaggerate the root causes
Ellen Lust, Jakob Wichmann
July 24, 2012

Internet Stirs Activism in Vietnam

Social media-based attacks on foreign policy connect Vietnamese diaspora and activists
Huong Nguyen
May 11, 2012

Global Warming Is Real and Has Consequences – Part I

Yale economist refutes climate-change skeptics who use his research to recommend standing pat
William D. Nordhaus
April 4, 2012

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China Opens Unique Free Electron Laser Facility

China invests in physics research that could offer industrial, environmental, defense and other applications
Dennis Normile
January 16, 2017

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI

Artificial intelligence is the new way of doing business
Cade Metz
December 30, 2016

How Important Is NASA's Earth Science Program That Trump Wants to Abolish?

Satellite data support infrastructure planning, agriculture and other industries
Brenda Ekwurzel
December 5, 2016

Japan Races to Become the Robot Capital of the World

China has the the highest total of robots, representing about 30 percent of market share
Alisa Yamasaki
November 11, 2016

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