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.

Silicon Valley Dons a Brave Face, Despite Worries

The birthplace of hi-tech globalization frets about competition
S.L. Bachman
April 28, 2004

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 2004

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Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

The United States extends the time some international students can stay after graduation
Elizabeth Redden
March 14, 2016

NASA Accidentally Found a Way to Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes

New device costs less and kicks into action faster than the current technologies
Margo Pierce
March 3, 2016

How Technology Could Unwind a Decade-Long Trend in Global Trade

Robots and automation will shrink supply chains for emerging economies and increase inequality
Luke Kawa
February 24, 2016

Why More Defense Spending Could Slow Technology Growth

War draws science and math resources that would otherwise spur trade and economic growth
Satyajit Das
February 24, 2016

AI and Robots Threaten to Unleash Mass Unemployment, Scientists Warn

Humans may have more leisure time, but how will they pay for activities and daily necessities?
Clive Cookson
February 16, 2016

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