Issues in Science and Technology

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Articles from Vol. 9, No. 3, Spring

Coming to Terms with the AIDS Pandemic
Faltering national and international programs must be reinforced to meet the growing crisis. More than a decade after acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was recognized, the world has become ever more vulnerable to the pandemic. Effective programs...
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Halting the Erosion of America's Critical Assets
First, decide what's worth saving; then, create an agency with the power to do the job. The impending sale of LTV's missile and aircraft divisions caught the nation by surprise in the late spring of 1992. In bankruptcy since 1986, LTV found itself forced...
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How Utilities Can Revitalize Industry
By linking energy efficiency and economic competitiveness, utilities can help businesses lower operating costs and upgrade their technologies. During the first weeks of his presidency, Bill Clinton asserted that the nation's industries must modernize...
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Next Steps in Nuclear Arms Control
After several decades of strenuous debate, protracted negotiations, and only incremental progress, nuclear arms control now seems almost too easy. Yet, despite the dramatic successes of the past two years--notably the withdrawals and radical cuts in...
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Patient Records in the Information Age
If you're out of town and need cash, an automatic teller machine can instantly determine if you have money in your account and let you withdraw what you need. If you apply for a loan, the lender can quickly get access to your credit history to help determine...
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Rejoining the Battle against Noise Pollution
Congress should restore the Environmental Protection Agency's ability--eliminated a decade ago--to reduce excessive noise. Many citizens, especially urban dwellers, face a cacophony of loud noises in their residences, neighborhoods, workplaces, and...
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Slowing Third World Militarization
The Cold War rivalry that shaped foreign policy and military programs for 40 years has ended. But as the military action in Iraq, the Yugoslavian civil war, and the turmoil in Somalia, Angola, and Cambodia demonstrate, the world of the future will not...
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Stop Superfund Waste
President Clinton's economic plan is a clear attempt to re-order federal spending priorities by putting more money into "investments" that will spur economic growth and increase national wealth, while cutting unproductive activities. One important way...
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Where's the Pork?
The academic pork barrel just gets bigger and bigger. Since 1980, at least $2.5 billion in federal research spending has been "earmarked" for specially designated academic science projects that were not subjected to the peer or merit review process....
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