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Jun 24, 2014, 15:22 ET

A Climate Strategy from the Right and a Plea for Ocean Research

Three leading conservative thinkers, including an MIT professor and a former Bush administration energy official, argue that differences over...

Apr 09, 2014, 09:45 ET

Tech advances could eliminate the majority of current jobs

 Review of current research in robotics and information technology by Stuart W. Elliott of the National Research Council in the spring edition...

Jan 17, 2014, 14:42 ET

The GMO-Suicide Myth

Opponents of the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture frequently report that the failure of this technology is responsible...

Nov 14, 2013, 13:14 ET

Does Education Pay?

 Yes and no, says Mark Schneider, president of College Measures and a vice president at the American Institutes for Research, in the fall...

Aug 06, 2013, 12:11 ET

Are Universities Sabotaging Themselves with Free Online Courses?

 Very prestigious—and very expensive—universities such as Harvard and MIT are creating free online versions of some of their...

Apr 17, 2013, 11:13 ET

A Prescription for an Ailing Health Care System

Health care in the United States is "falling short on basic dimensions of quality, outcomes, cost, and equity," report Robert Saunders of the...

Jan 24, 2013, 14:02 ET

Students Should Be Required to Stay in School Until Age 18, Researchers Say

A growing body of research indicates that increasing the minimum school-leaving age to 18 not only increases high-school graduation rates but also...

Nov 12, 2012, 11:09 ET

New Research Points Way to Big Improvements in Science, Math Education

 Recent research on how people learn to become experts can help to dramatically improve the effectiveness of science, technology, engineering,...

Jul 24, 2012, 10:51 ET

New Approaches Could Boost Effectiveness of U.S. Drug Policy

 Current U.S. drug policy is proving insufficient in shrinking the damage caused by drug abuse, but promising alternative approaches could lead...

Apr 03, 2012, 11:47 ET

Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Public Policy?

 Neuroscience has made tremendous progress in understanding the adolescent brain, and there are opportunities, as well as challenges, for...

Jan 09, 2012, 16:39 ET

More Help Needed to Prepare Workers for Well-Paid, High-Quality Jobs

DALLAS, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United States slowly recovers from the Great Recession, it needs to focus not just on...

Oct 10, 2011, 10:36 ET

Bold Action Needed to Address Losses from Natural Disasters

Although natural disasters are becoming more common and more expensive, human and financial losses can be greatly reduced through incentives to...

Jun 24, 2011, 09:51 ET

Apprenticeships Offer Effective Alternative to College

Largely overlooked by policymakers, educators, and the public, apprenticeships offer a promising route for preparing large numbers of students for...

Mar 29, 2011, 13:29 ET

Comprehensive Energy Legislation Urgent, U.S. Senator Says

Continued U.S. reliance on overseas oil and the new competitive threat in clean energy make it essential that Congress approve comprehensive energy...

Dec 29, 2010, 09:30 ET

New Policies Needed to Help Economically Distressed Communities

Sometimes places—and not just the people who live in them—need government help in recovering from severe economic distress, according...

Oct 04, 2010, 15:21 ET

Geoengineering Approaches to Climate Change Pose Risks

Like it or not, a climate change emergency is possible, and various approaches collectively called geoengineering could be the only affordable and...

Jun 29, 2010, 11:47 ET

Rare Minerals Supplies: No Need for Panic

Alarming media reports have raised concern about U.S. dependence on foreign sources of rare minerals that are critically important in military...

Mar 31, 2010, 10:45 ET

U.S. Being Challenged for World Lead in Innovation

Although the United States has long been the world leader in innovation, there are indications that it is currently not keeping pace with the rest...

Jan 04, 2010, 11:34 ET

Big Cost Savings in Health Care Possible, Authors Say

The United States could cut its per capita health care spending by double-digit percentages if it took full advantage of the cost-cutting tools...

Oct 08, 2009, 14:47 ET

Energy Technology Development Will Require Rethinking of Innovation Process

Developing desperately needed new energy technologies will require not only an increase in funds but also a rethinking of the way government...