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.
Heidi Williams’s dad helped with her high school science-fair projects by driving her two hours from their North Dakota town to get books on World War II German cryptography. After studying up, she would present new ways to crack the cipher.
Even before the mandatory across- the-board cuts in federal spending known as sequestration took effect March 1, President Barack Obama’s administration resorted to the Washington Monument Strategy, warning of reductions in the most popular and visible governmental services.
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.
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.
Millions of 18-year-olds are excited about heading to college this month -- leaving home, making friends and taking courses that meet only a few hours a week. On the first day of classes, however, they may be startled to find that the professor who enters Calculus I or Intro to Philosophy is more than a half-century older than they are.