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.

China-IBM Computer Deal Marks a New Era

In the global IT revolution, China and India join the US – leaving Europe and Japan behind
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
April 1, 2005

Chinese Cell Phone Breaches North Korean Hermit Kingdom

Cell phone technology is poised to re-shape the North Korean world view - seen through the Chinese peephole
Rebecca MacKinnon
January 17, 2005

Asia Holds the Key to the Future of GM Food

Wary Asian consumers may decide how much genetically modified food will reach the world's dinner tables
John Feffer
December 2, 2004

Power of Information Technology Awaits Unleashing

Developing countries should focus more on practical issues than on winning hollow political victory
William Mougayar
July 1, 2004

Strategy for an Energy-Starved World: Go Coal!

With enormous coal reserves worldwide, the technology to turn coal into liquid fuel holds promise
David Dapice
July 15, 2004

Build an Encyclopedia: Everybody is Invited

Authority is not absent, just dispersed, in online encyclopedia
Andrew Lih
May 5, 2004

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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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