Issues in Science and Technology

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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall

A Better Home for Undergraduate Science
A renaissance is beginning in undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. New discoveries and emerging technologies are changing the face of science - and the way that science is learned. In the wake of a series of reports...
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Can Science Get Any Respect?
This has been an up-and-down year for the public image of science. Those smart-ass humanist critics of science got their comeuppance when Social Text, one of their trendy journals, published an article by Alan Sokal, a physicist at the City University...
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Climate Science and National Interests
Scientific developments and a change in U.S. policy have shifted the terms of the discussions that will take place in June 1997 at the conference of parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Growing scientific confidence about the role of...
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Crunch Time for Control of Advanced Arms Exports
In the wake of the Cold War, the proliferation of conventional weapons is emerging as a critical international issue. New economic pressures - the result of shrinking international arms sales combined with cutbacks in domestic defense procurement in...
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Dangerous Intersections
Over the past two years, several prominent working groups and expert committees have circulated or published position papers attempting to address widespread public anxiety over the potential uses and abuses of genetic information. A number of proposals...
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Roundtable: The Politics of Genetic Testing
This discussion took place in March 1996 at "The Genetics Revolution: A Catalyst for Education and Public Policy," a conference sponsored by North Lake College and others in Dallas, Texas. The participants were all Green Center fellows at the University...
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The Dilemma of Environmental Democracy
We live in a world of manifest promise and still more manifest fear, both inseparably linked to developments in science and technology. Our faith in technological progress is solidly grounded in a century of historical achievements. In just one generation,...
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The Greening of U.S. Foreign Policy
For many individuals concerned with the ecological health of the planet, the end of the Cold War presented an unexpected opportunity to harness U.S. foreign policy to a grand strategy of environmental rescue. The 1992 "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro...
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Transforming the Navy's War-Fighting Capabilities
On June 26, 1897, Great Britain's Royal Navy conducted a review in honor of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The review represented the greatest concentration of naval power the world had ever seen. At the heart of that power were the Royal Navy's battleships,...
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U.S. Seaports: At the Crossroads of the Global Economy
U.S. seaports are showing signs of neglect, a disturbing prospect as the nation competes in an increasingly dynamic global economy. Many aspects of port infrastructure and management are mid-century relics. And while ports throughout Europe and Asia...
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