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 Falls Behind in Global Race for Talent

World’s best and brightest are less keen to study, work or stay in the US
Bruce Stokes
October 17, 2011

In a Borderless World, Innovation Reigns Supreme

As innovation slows, the source for the next wave of good jobs remains unknown
Ashok Bardhan
April 4, 2011

India Needs a Sputnik Moment

To compete globally, India must jolt education and spur innovation
David J. Karl
March 4, 2011

Can the Internet Tame Governments? – Part II

China’s fast-expanding internet and media development pose new challenges to authoritarian party rule
Borje Ljunggren
February 11, 2011

We Have Your Number

India gives unique identity number to citizens to include them in the economy
Nandan Nilekani
January 21, 2011

The Post-WikiLeaks World – Part II

Governments and corporations discover that spur-of-the-moment online protests are just a click away
Rebecca Wexler
December 17, 2010

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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

Africa Unplugged

Low-cost solar power lets many access electricity, including charging smartphones and lighting homes
November 9, 2016

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