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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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

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

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