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Five cloned macaques at a Chinese research institution

China’s Biotech Boom Could Transform Lives—or Destroy Them

Washington and Beijing have a shared interest in making sure new technology stays within limits.

Participants including Saudi women attend a hackathon prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Jeddah on Aug. 1, 2018.

China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia’s Race to Become a Tech Hub

Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

A scene from season 1 of HBO’s 'Chernobyl.'

‘Chernobyl’ Shows How the Soviets Squashed Scientists

The brutal legacy of industrialization left the “scientific-technical intelligentsia” in the cold.

Hsue-Shen Tsien, left, confers with his lawyer, Grant B. Cooper, during his deportation hearing on Nov. 16, 1950. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The Man Who Took China to Space

Hsue-Shen Tsien was driven out of the United States by political paranoia. Will the same happen to a new generation of Chinese talent?

A nurse takes care of a terminally ill patient at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 6, 2010. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Next Deadly AIDS Pandemic

The world thought it had fought the HIV virus to a stalemate—but its strategy was flawed in ways that are only now becoming clear.

Dr. John Fildes walks with President Donald Trump at University Medical Center, October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Battle Against Breastfeeding Is a Small Part of a Wider War

With escalating drug prices and growing vaccine paranoia, American populism is taking down the edifice of global public health.

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Facing the Future of Work

FP’s editor in chief introduces our July issue on how to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging world.

A researcher disinfects a one-day-old panda cub in an incubator at the China Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre on August 8, 2006  (China Photos/Getty Images)

Don’t Close the Door on Chinese Scientists Like Me

New visa limitations for Chinese students only aid Beijing’s technocratic ambitions.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Feb. 16. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet Trump’s New, Homophobic Public Health Quack

The Centers for Disease Control will soon be run by a military doctor with a long history of pushing discriminatory AIDS policies.

The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft is launched from the B-52B launch aircraft. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Pentagon Official Says U.S. Hypersonic Weapons Research Underfunded

Amid reports of a new Russian missile, DARPA's chief says the United States lacks infrastructure.

A U.S. Marine in a combat training exercise in Afghanistan on August 27, 2017. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

America’s military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the worst threat the nation faces.

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

A behind the scenes tour at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory on April 19, 2017 in Meyrin, Switzerland. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Future of Particle Physics Will Live and Die in China

China's next-generation supercollider will unlock secrets of the universe — and destroy the ideals of the scientists running it.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev looks through a microscope during a visit to the Kurchatov scientific research institute in Moscow on September 30, 2009. Medvedev made a working visit to the research center.                 AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHIPENKOV (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s Largest Free Scientific Resource Is Now Blocked in Russia

A feud within Russia's scientific community could have major repercussions.

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The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons

The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.

An employee of Sanofi-Pasteur packages vaccines against the flu at the factory Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceutical company on November 26, 2012 in the northwestern city of Val-de-Reuil, western France. French health care giant Sanofi Pasteur will soon produce a vaccine against dengue fever near Lyon, central-easter France.  Dengue causes a flu-like illness for most victims but one of its strains can cause life-threatening internal bleeding. AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU        (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Science Won’t Save Vaccines From Lawsuits Anymore

Europe’s highest court has just cleared the way for vaccine-truthers to sue manufacturers, even without any evidence.

UNSPECIFIED  :  Jane Goodall, English primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, with a chimpanzee in her arms, c. 1995  (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Thoughts from Jane Goodall on How to Save the Planet

What chimpanzees and the trees of Tanzania can teach us about battling the effects of climate change.

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Yeah, the Weather Has Been Weird

People already care about climate change – the trick is getting them to realize it.