Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives
The vaccine partnership would help ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine—including in the United States—but Trump won’t participate.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Finland’s president carves a diplomatic niche, the coronavirus pandemic sounds alarm bells about genetic engineering, and Donald Trump seeks to actualize his dictatorial dreams.
The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle
The next pandemic could be bioengineered in someone’s garage using cheap and widely available technology.
Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong
New data demonstrates a devastating effect on downstream water supplies that feed millions of people.
Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy
The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.
How China’s Coronavirus Is Spreading—and How to Stop It
Studies are building toward a tentative clinical profile of the outbreak.
The United States Needs a Strategy for Artificial Intelligence
Without one, it risks missing out on all the technology’s benefits—and falling behind rivals such as China.
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.
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.
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.
‘Chernobyl’ Shows How the Soviets Squashed Scientists
The brutal legacy of industrialization left the “scientific-technical intelligentsia” in the cold.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Don’t Close the Door on Chinese Scientists Like Me
New visa limitations for Chinese students only aid Beijing’s technocratic ambitions.
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.
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.
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.