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.

How "Scientific" Are the Millennium Development Goals?

By substituting politics for science, argue critics, MDGs risk irrelevance
David Dickson
September 22, 2005

The Railway Across the Roof of the World

One thousand miles of Chinese railroad provide a snaphot of a nation on the move
Jonathan Watts
September 21, 2005

Untapped Potential: US Science and Technology Cooperation with the Islamic World

Substantial collaboration may improve relations and thus reduce momentum of extremist movements
Michael A. Levi
April 19, 2005

Wiki-mania

Drawing more traffic than the websites of national newspapers, Wikipedia offers rich educational content – for free
Rory O'Connor
August 12, 2005

In China, Sophisticated Filters Keep the Internet Near Sterile

Online censorship curtails free browsing and political discussion
Tim Johnson
July 14, 2005