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The potential of biotechnology to cure disease and feed the Third World has not eased public disquiet about its safety. In the rush to commercialization, can lessons be learnt from the introduction of nuclear power a generation ago? While France's nuclear programme stayed on track, America's was...
Thermonuclear fusion is on the way, and beyond it the promise of limitless power derived from hydrogen in water and air. The challenge for the next few years will be to eke out our fossil fuels, and the most plentiful by far is coal. So how to reform a fuel that has long been considered the most...
Moves to create a single European defence force come as the region embarks on a new phase of enlargement. So does this represent the ultimate challenge for federalism? And if so, could it kick-start cooperation in other areas of mutual protection such as food safety and the environment?
It is no coincidence that the universities were pioneers of the internet, for the medium lends itself uniquely well to academic debate and collaboration. We call this process of sharing ideas in cyberspace "virtual learning", and the main goal of any such community is to create a shared...
Transitions are transformation processes in which society changes in a fundamental way over a generation or more. Although the goals of a transition are ultimately chosen by society, governments can play a role in bringing about structural change in a stepwise manner. Their management involves...
If governments are really to stimulate the information society, they must lead from the front. That means redesigning government communications from the ground up, in ways that engage citizens and encourage e-commerce. Local portals could pave the way, but first they must win over Web users from...
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