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.

Mobiles Give Africa's Farmers the Chance to Set Out Their Stall

Famers use cell phones to hunt down the best prices
David Smith
January 9, 2009

Powering Africa's Future

African nations seek nuclear energy, though uranium fuel is both limited and dangerous
Vera Kwakofi
December 12, 2008

Google Adds 1 Billion Pages to Stay Ahead

The more pages the merrier for web searches
February 19, 2004

China: Controls Tighten as Internet Activism Grows

Detentions up over 60 percent since Nov. 2002
September 28, 2003

Cuba Ailing? Not Its Biomedical Industry

All set to become a 'world class' biotech leader
Tom Fawthrop
January 26, 2004