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State v. Market in Bulgaria

John Feffer | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

The last century has witnessed an enormous tug-of-war between the state and the market. One hundred years ago, coming out of World War I, three succes...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Will Cut $1.7 Billion From The NIH's Budget | Sam Stein | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health released an updated projection of the cuts it must make to deal with spending reductions put in place ...

The Decline of U.S. R&D Funding

Kyle Daley | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Kyle Daley

As members of Congress felt the first effects of the sequester on tarmacs at Dulles and Reagan months ago, they moved quickly to end the FAA furloughs. However, they neglected to act upon the far more serious threat facing the country under sequestration. That threat is an impending R&D collapse.

Federal R&D Can Spur Energy Innovation

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

How can Washington ensure that U.S. businesses are poised to be global clean energy leaders? The critical step is to make long-term investment in energy innovation.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Means Less Science | Sam Stein | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When politicians talk about the need to maintain America as the destination for the best and the brightest in science, they probably hav...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Forces Doctors To Scale Back Promising Medical Research | Sam Stein | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At Temple University in Philadelphia, a group of 22 graduate students and researchers have been exploring ways to help repair the heart ...

Making the Argument for Entrepreneurial Approaches to National Security

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

The current budget discussion regarding defense spending (as manifest in sequestration) does not differentiate R&D and innovation as a priority item.

Corporate Science Obstructs Science for the People

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Many of the nation's leading scientists and engineers are working to create deadlier missiles, submarines and more lethal drones. How could those talents and budgets be used to serve the betterment of the people?

Moral and Medical Disaster: The Fight Against TB

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Bad drugs, bad strategies, and back to the drawing board on a vaccine. What are we doing wrong?

How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Robert E. Slavin

There are few aspects of life more thoroughly dominated by government than education. This is particularly true of educational innovation. Innovative programs and materials do often come from the private sector, but they are adopted only if government supports them.

The Power of Government Purchasing

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

In America, the term "innovation" is often exclusively attributed to the profitable successes of private businesses -- specifically big corporations like Apple, Google and Microsoft. But history has shown quite the opposite to be true.

'Plan B' Isn't a Plan at All

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There are now only 12 days left for Congress to reach an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," yet Republicans are still insisting on a plan that will harm our economy and risks our ability to compete in the 21st century.

Note to Management: R&D Is Not Production

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

R&D folks need the freedom to play, to innovate, to grow the next big product. This cannot and will never happen if an R&D engineer is spending eight hours a day, five days a week, filling out forms and reports instead of developing products.

Where Do Obama, Romney Stand On Key Science Issues?

| Posted 09.16.2012 | Science

By David Malakoff A vague plague on both their houses. That's one message from a new comparison of the innovation and technology policies backe...

India: A Powerhouse of Innovation for Neglected Diseases?

David de Ferranti | Posted 10.28.2012 | World
David de Ferranti

Is India ready to play a leading role in health R&D? Are Indian companies interested in new products for the poor, or are they focused on more lucrative opportunities serving patients who can pay more for medicines?

Curiosity -- America's Endangered Triumph

Ahmed Zewail | Posted 10.19.2012 | Science
Ahmed Zewail

The landing of the Rover Curiosity on Mars is a triumphant historic achievement, but the current state of curiosity-driven research may endanger America's capacity for future innovations.

Why Leadership and CSR Are Tightly Aligned

Jon Carson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
Jon Carson

Leadership and corporate social responsibility are two separate issues that are increasingly talked about, though rarely in the same sentence. But you can't have one without the other.

The "Best Hope" for AIDS Vaccine Advocacy

Mitchell Warren | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

If the world acts with strategy and speed to implement the proven and emerging options, the epidemic should be on a measurable downward trajectory over the next five to ten years. Why, then, do we still need an AIDS vaccine? Because we want to end the epidemic.

John Celock

Lawmakers 'Hijack' Business Bill With Abortion Measure | John Celock | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

The Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives Tuesday adopted a measure placing a 24-hour waiting period on abortions as part of a ...

Helping Teachers Self-Experiment Could Boost Learning

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

We need an order of magnitude increase in education R&D. The recent increase in venture capital is overdue.

The Only Job a War Industry CEO Cares About: His Own

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

CEOs of the biggest military contracting corporations published a report today that has absolutely no use in predicting the actual economic effects of cuts to the military budget.

Washington Must Walk the Talk: "Make It in America" Must Move From Slogan to Solutions

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We might not be able to match the incentives offered by our trading partners dollar-for-dollar, but we can make the choice competitive enough that we can leverage the inherent advantages that our country still offers.

Patients Need Discoveries Translated to New Therapies

Margaret Anderson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

Despite our strong national commitment to medical research, the advances achieved in basic science are not being translated into new therapies, better prevention strategies and cures fast enough.

Turning Science Into Startups: NSF Launches Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The NSF has announced the Innovation Corps -- a program to take the most promising research projects in American university laboratories and turn them into startups.

Agricultural Innovation to Feed the World

Paul Schickler | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business
Paul Schickler

Recently, China purchased unexpected quantities of corn, boosting corn prices in the United States. This is not only good for American farmers. Those ...