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.

Getting Our Bearings

US will likely remain the main provider of technology that drives ATMs and guided missiles
Joan Johnson-Freese
May 23, 2003

The New Global Food Fight

US advocacy of genetically modified food pits it against many countries.
Kathleen McAfee
June 6, 2003

Globalization and Science: A Speeded-Up Virtuous Cycle

With faster communications, scientific discoveries are speeding up the globalization of knowledge
Ramamurti Shankar
March 28, 2003

Chinese Astronauts to Compete for Final Frontier

Breaking America's orbit? Beijing all set to send Chinese taikonauts into space
Joan Johnson-Freese
March 14, 2003

The Internet: China's Window to the World

Do politics and technology make for strange bedfellows in China?
Guo Liang
November 18, 2002

A Path to Global Disarmament

How the world responds to potential nuclear states influences global security
Hans Blix
October 5, 2006

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Texas Shale Oil Has Fought Saudi Arabia to a Standstill

Technology has disrupted traditional oil powers
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
August 1, 2016

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

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