Flying cars, meals in pill form, robot overlords — many attempts to predict the future turn out predictably wrong. Not so with a National Science Foundation study in 1982 that foresaw, with a prescience that feels like time travel, the rise of networked computing and its ensuing challenges to society.
In the old days, the U.S. program for foreign-student visas helped developing nations and brought diversity to then white-bread American campuses. Today, the F-1 program, as it is known, has become a profit center for universities and a wage-suppression tool for the technology industry.
President Barack Obama announced a U.S. campaign that may lead to new treatments for some of the least understood brain disorders, benefiting efforts by Pfizer Inc., Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly & Co.
Annual funding for President Barack Obama’s brain research initiative would quadruple the current allocation under recommendations by advisers to the project, providing a $4.5 billion investment spread over the next decade.
U.S. college presidents make no apologies for their schools’ support for research. After all, American institutions dominate global surveys of universities, and most lists put a big emphasis on research accomplishments.