Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has a reputation for taking a hard line on budget and climate change, has been appointed chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees NASA.
Israel's Unit 8200 is technically tasked with the cybersecurity of the nation. But it serves a second purpose: training Israel's next generation of Internet entrepreneurs.
The goal of curbing global greenhouse gas emissions can sometimes appear at odds with efforts to expand electricity access to the 1.3 billion around the world without it. But it is feasible to make progress on both fronts, write Goolman and Nicholson, so long as policymakers aim high.
Hybrid cars, from plugins to gas, will clearly be all the rage among carmakers for the next couple of years. Virtually every global automaker now has plug-in hybrid cars planned for launch between 2015 and 2020.