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.

Chinese Chess in Space

New US manned space program should include China as a partner
Joan Johnson-Freese
January 13, 2004

New Energy Frontiers Expand Global Connections – Part I

The world’s rural poor impatiently await electricity that brings business and communication opportunities
Adriana Valencia
August 14, 2008

China Bids for the High Ground

China jockeys for position on Earth through its upcoming manned space flight
Joan Johnson-Freese
October 1, 2003

Global Anti-GM Sentiment Slows China's Biotech Agenda

Despite marked success, China is hesitant about moving forward in commercializing GM crop
Valerie Karplus
September 26, 2003

Beijing is Losing the People's War in Cyberspace

Sheer volume of people taking to the Web to discuss taboo subjects is overwhelming the government
John Gittings
July 21, 2003

IT Workers on the Move With Globalization

Emigration of technology workers from developing countries no longer seen as brain drain
Anthony P. D’Costa
April 9, 2008


Smartphone Addiction: The Slot Machine in Your Pocket

Smart phones are big time-wasters
Tristan Harris
July 27, 2016

Pokémon Go: Overnight Sensation Was 20 Years in the Making

Relying on camera and GPS functions of mobile phones, game inserts monsters into real world
Alex Hern
July 25, 2016

Want Better Cities?

6,000 years of data could offer new insights and lessons for urban planners
Liz Stinson
July 8, 2016

Why Brexit Freaks Out So Many Scientists

Cross-border collaborations are essential for science
Michael Greshko
June 28, 2016

Google Working on “Common-Sense” AI Engine at New Zurich Base

Big data and artificial intelligence usher in a new era of computing
June 23, 2016