Science and Technology

Cooperation in Space Part 1: The View from NASA

The U.S. space program has been a source of national pride and inspiration for decades. From the iconic high of the first lunar landing to the heartbreak of the Challenger disaster, America’s space missions have captured the imaginations of generations and created technological advances that have had impact far beyond space flight. We recently had the opportunity to speak with NASA’s newest director, Jim Bridenstine.

Leveling Up Health: Trends in Games for Health from the Games for Change Festival

"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." -- Sir William Osler, co-founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, "Father of Modern Medicine"


Over the Horizon: A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation?

The Trump administration has revived the National Space Council with an ambitious agenda and a commercial focus, and private entrepreneurs are forging a new paradigm. Canada has the opportunity to leverage over half a century of Canadian Space Agency-NASA cooperation to play a larger role in outer space policy in the new era.

Bots in Brazil: The Activity of Social Media Bots in Brazilian Elections

Over the last decade, the advent of social media has transformed the way that the electorate interacts with the political system in Brazil. New political movements such as Agora! and Acredito have relied heavily on social media to gather support. Likewise, policymakers and politicians are more able than ever before to communicate directly with voters.

Citizens, Satellites, and the Future of Disease Monitoring


Towards a Coordinated Approach to National Biodiversity Monitoring and Management


Analyzing and potentially managing global biodiversity change is a high-level policy priority included in frameworks such as the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A necessary precursor to managing change is understanding it, and the framework of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was recently proposed to drive coordinated biodiversity data collection, sharing, and reporting across 22 Candidate EBVs.

New Brazilian Election Poll Aggregator Launched by Poder360

On July 30, Poder360—one of Brazil’s most prominent digital journalism outlets—announced the release of a free online interactive tool used to aggregate election polling data since the year 2000. The tool, which is the largest of its kind in Brazil, displays polling data for federal, state, and local elections from reputable sources such as Datafolha, Ipespe, Istoé, and others.