Issues in Science and Technology

A quarterly journal of the National Academy of Science focused on discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. Provides a forum researchers, government officials, business leaders, and others concerned with public policy to s

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall

Assessing the Nation's Biological Resources
We need a new strategy for implementing the visionary National Biological Survey. Bruce Babbitt took charge of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) determined to expand the role of science in federal land-management policy and thus avoid, as he...
A Strategy for Modernizing the Apparel Industry
A model program can demonstrate how small firms can work together to become world-class competitors. For a dramatic example of how government policy affects industry performance and what global competition means for U.S. workers, one need look no further...
Computer Insecurity
Action is needed on many fronts to protect computer systems and communications from unauthorized use and manipulation. The wonders of the Internet and the promise of the worldwide information infrastructure have recently reached headline status. Connectedness...
Don't Settle for Partial Phone Deregulation
Spurred by a technological revolution, massive industry realignment, and growing consumer demand for new services, Congress is rushing to complete work on the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's telecommunications system in 60 years. The pending legislation...
Facing Up to Bioethical Decisions
The country needs a national forum to study and discuss difficult questions that have been too-long ignored. Bioethical controversies have become routine items in the daily news as society struggles with a host of complex moral problems posed by issues...
Flat-Panel Displays: Catalyzing a U.S. Industry
The military has neither early nor assured access to one of the most critical technologies of the 21st century. Our national security demands that U.S. military forces have guaranteed, cost-effective access to the world's best technology. One technology...
Medicine, Public Health, and Environment
"Medicine and public health will be transformed into an ecological science." Issues in Science and Technology celebrated its 10th anniversary with a colloquium at the National Academy of Sciences on May 11, 1994. Two panels of experts were invited to...
Organ Donations: The Failure of Altruism
Voluntary organ donation should be replaced with a system of compensated presumed consent. The U.S. organ transplantation system is in crisis. At a time when transplant survival rates are at an all-time high, the waiting list for organs grows longer...
Time to Up the Ante in the War on Smoking
Tough new federal and state actions are needed to prevent children and young people from lighting up. In the past few years, it has become disturbingly clear that the remarkable progress made in recent decades in reducing tobacco use has stalled, if...
Updated Science Policymaking: Finishing the Job
Congress needs to reform its budget process; the executive branch must improve its implementation of programs. As the pace of discovery and innovation continues to accelerate, the importance of science and technology to economic competitiveness is becoming...