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.

Your Family Tree Is About to Grow

One scientist seeks a "snapshot" of the world's genetic heritage before the shifting sands of global migration blur it forever
Simon Avery
April 13, 2005

Brazil: Free Software's Biggest and Best Friend

"Open source" software will expand access and reduce piracy, says government
Todd Benson
March 29, 2005

'Global warming real' say new studies

Recent findings by climate experts claim to put doubts over global warming finally to rest
February 18, 2005

Pan-Asian Biotech Federation Formed

Asian countries look to pool their biotech resources in new transnational organization
February 23, 2005

Japan's Nuclear Nightmare

Accidents, activists, and energy needs form a shaky balance in Japan's nuclear power industry
Eric Johnston
January 19, 2005