Of all of the purposes of government, one of the most important but often neglected is to mobilize science and technology to solve critical challenges. Modern society depends on highly complex technological systems for our safety and prosperity. Without these advanced technological systems, we’d have no chance to sustain national prosperity, much less to meet [...]

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SINCE THE EARLY 1800s, several waves of technological change have transformed how we work and live. Each new technological marvel — the steam engine, railroad, ocean steamship, telegraph, harvester, automobile, radio, airplane, TV, computer, satellite, mobile phone, and now the Internet — has changed our home lives, communities, workplaces, schools, and leisure time. For two centuries [...]

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The recent European Commission order to Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple Inc. has led to outcries from Apple, Ireland, and theUnited States government. Apple, of course, defends its aggressive tax avoidance schemes. Ireland defends its tax-haven status. And the U.S. government claims the money may actually be owed to the U.S. rather than [...]

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