Issues in Science and Technology

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 4, Summer

Do We Need a Department of Science?
No, the diversity of approaches and close links to agency missions of the current system should be preserved. In recent months, the notion of combining the nation's research and development (R&D) functions - wholly or in part - into a single Department...
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Edging toward Sanity on Regulatory Risk Reform
H. R. 1022 has been unfairly attacked; with some revisions, it should become law. Congress has never passed comprehensive legislation aimed at bringing more scientific rigor and economic efficiency to the regulation of health, safety, and environmental...
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Improving Industry-Government Cooperative R&D
The DOE labs are not a treasure chest of market-ready technologies, but they can help private firms. The February 1995 report of the Energy Secretary's Task Force on Alternative Futures for the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories - known...
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Reshaping Graduate Education
Ph.D. training must change to prepare students for the jobs they are likely to find. In recent years, there has been growing alarm over the state of graduate education in the sciences. Graduates complain loudly of a lack of career opportunities in the...
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Roundtable: Rethinking Risk Regulation
We have looked to science to provide certainty and discovered that it can't. "The Identification, Assessment, and Management of Environmental Risks" was the theme for this year at the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society at...
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The Need for a Department of Science
Combining scattered federal research efforts in a single agency would enhance the visibility and the coherence of science programs. As chairman of the House Committee on Science, I have the privilege of being able to glimpse the future. In fact, the...
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The Perils of Techno-Globalism
U.S. technology policy is in danger of being gutted by ideologues who ignore the enduring importance of national interest. Don't get me wrong. I admire ideology as much as anyone. It's an integral part of all public affairs. It enables us to organize...
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U.S. Investment in a Peaceful Russia
A little help can go a long way in moving skilled Russian workers out of weapons work and into productive civilian activities. What would we have been willing to pay, during the Cold War, for a weapon system that could eliminate all nuclear weapons...
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U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Space: A Good Bet
Despite the risks, the new partnership holds the key to resuming human spaceflight beyond Earth orbit. Cooperation between the United States and Russia in human space-flight holds the key to humanity's future exploration of space. It was 20 years ago...
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Warning: Information Technology Will Transform the University
Universities are in the information business, and technological developments are transforming that industry. University professors from a variety of disciplines have helped create the technologies that are forcing many U.S. industries to reinvent themselves,...
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