Government funding for scientific research is set to fall and then stagnate in the decade ahead. Scientists are warning that the U.S. could lose its technological edge. But how dire is the situation, really?
Who can resist an academic paper with a title like "The Economics of Spam"? A look at how much spam costs us (around $20 billion per year), who benefits, and why it's so hard to stop our inboxes from filling up with junk.
A new paper alleges that growing spending in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is crowding out spending on investments like education, research and development, and infrastructure. There are two reasons why this is misleading.