Innovation is the source of economic prosperity and global progress, simplifying routines and enriching quality of life. The internet has fundamentally altered how the world works, communicates and thinks. The global information revolution has ushered in a new era of global conversations, cooperation and crowd-sourcing among researchers, speeding the spread of new ideas and technologies in every discipline. Researchers race to develop energy alternatives, synthetic biology, transportation improvements, environmental protections or cures for disease. Governments must keep up pace with funding of education and infrastructure as well as regulations on patents, immigration, intellectual property protections and more.

In China, Sophisticated Filters Keep the Internet Near Sterile

Online censorship curtails free browsing and political discussion
Tim Johnson
July 14, 2005

Invisible Earth

Google Earth shows in stark relief is how many parts of the world are still invisible to people in the United States
Annalee Newitz
August 31, 2005

Don't Mention Democracy, Microsoft Tells China Web Users

Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal has banned the words "democracy" and "freedom"
Mure Dickie
June 13, 2005

In Spite of Offshoring, US Students Can Still Engineer a Career

A new insightful report predicts that the demand for engineering jobs in the US will remain strong in the next few years
David Wessel
June 20, 2005

The Wages of Fundamentalism

The rest of the world is catching up to the US in the sciences. Is religiosity to blame?
Peter Watson
June 22, 2005