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Biotech is Thrusting Us into New Political Territory

Think you know your left from right, in the debate over 21st century biopolitics? When it comes to biotechnology, think again. Stem cells, embryo research and synthetic biology are just a few of the issues that will force strange new political alliances


Neuroethics 101

Applied neuroscience—from neuromarketing, to mind-reading, to cognitive lifestyle enhancement— is rapidly becoming a reality affecting commerce, national security, and culture. This primer looks at where we are going, and what we need to look out for.


Beyond LASIK

A new painless, non-invasive technology can improve visual perception in healthy people. Dr. Moreno looks at the implications of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the warfighter and beyond.


Should Teachers Learn Neuroscience?

Can modern, neuroscience-based psychology help teachers prepare their students for the tough competition ahead so they can have a chance to realize the American dream? More to the point, should teachers learn some neuroscience themselves?


Stay Awake, Comrades

The Chinese Army’s announcement of an alertness drug, dubbed “Night Eagle,” probably says more about China’s desire to expand its presence in the pharmaceutical industry than it says about China’s ability to develop truly novel drugs.


Is Science Getting Easier, Harder, or Both?

As we dig into the weeds of the nature of reality, reality is ever more stubborn about giving up its secrets. Answering the big questions will require new policies and new methods that are now only in the process of development.


“Brave New World” Turns 80

Huxley’s “Brave New World” remains a success not because of the accuracy of the technological future it foretells (indeed it misses the mark in many ways), but because of what it says about the longing for love and humanity in any age.


Tackling 21st-Century Tech Risks

From nanotech to biotech, we stand to benefit greatly from discoveries on the frontiers of technology. But there are risks too, and a bipartisan consensus on how to manage these technological risks in the 21st century is quietly emerging. One-size fits all is out. Evidence-based risk management is in.


Bird Flu Blues

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity asked two leading life science journals not to publish certain details about experiments done on the bird flu virus to make it even more contagious and potentially deadly, citing public safety concerns.


Plan C Anyone? The Politics in Science

The federal decision to prevent teenagers from obtaining emergency contraception over the counter cuts to the core of the progressives idea that science should always trump politics.