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.

Online Technology Challenges Censors – Part II

Popular Kindle and other ebook readers can store forbidden books and foil censors
Bruce Judson
October 25, 2010

Online Technology Challenges Censors – Part I

China risks destabilization and its reputation by censoring growing ranks of internet users
Johan Lagerkvist
October 22, 2010

China’s Chokehold On Rare-Earth Minerals Raises Concerns

Unmindful US allows its dominance to slip in rare earths, required by high technology
Michael Richardson
October 8, 2010

Germany Leads With Its Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Energy

But nuclear energy producers exert political pressure, refusing to let go of profits
Daniel Boese
September 7, 2010

Silicon Valley Expats Spur Innovation in India

A new diaspora of tech workers takes off in search of opportunity
Sean Randolph
September 2, 2010

Diplomatic Pressure Narrows Iran’s Nuclear Options

More nations are wary about adding to nuclear weapons in the Middle East
Leonard S. Spector
May 25, 2010


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

Internet of Things: Have We Bitten Off More Than We Can Chew?

More than 6 billion such devices are in use
Alyssa Newcomb and Jo Ling Kent
October 28, 2016

Why You Should Care About Yahoo Secretly Scanning Emails

Apathy over reports of secret surveillance could lead to decreased security
Amelia Tait
October 10, 2016

Chinese R&D Goes Global

Chinese firms pledge $53.2 billion for investments, edging out US firms
Jacopo Dettoni
August 31, 2016