It may be the most important question the country faces: What will we do about energy?
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.31.2008 at 11:25 am 5 Comments
Energy is the blood that runs through our economy: the highway miles paved with crude, the kilowatts of coal, those tentative first heartbeats of large-scale wind and solar. America famously uses more energy than any other country—measured either per capita or in total—and conservation measures aside, our rising standard of living will mean that we will consume even more in the future.
How will the next American president keep the country at the center of the high-tech universe?
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.30.2008 at 3:24 pm 0 Comments
The technological dominance of the United States may soon go the way of the dollar. Our statistical snapshot shows that government spending on pure research—the kind of investment that pays off big, but only after decades—is in decline. Our schools educate the world, but students increasingly return home with their advanced degrees. Most discouraging, the U.S. now imports more high-tech goods than it exports.
The competition to land a man on the moon could create tensions within NASA
By Michael Moyer and Amanda SchupakPosted 10.29.2008 at 4:39 pm 4 Comments
Fifty years ago last month, NASA opened its doors. The launch of Sputnik the year before had rattled the United States' faith in its technological superiority and pushed it to assert itself as the leader in space. In the decades since, that dominance has scarcely been challenged.