Bioterrorism--Hurry up and Wait: The bioterror threat was a topic of much discussion but little direct action in 2002. In a special section on "the calm after the storm," Science looks at how major decisions on research funding, regulation, and smallpox vaccination were stalled by politics and technical debate.
The flip side of Science's Top Ten is its Breakdowns of the Year, spotlighting scientific misconduct in 2002. Separate investigations concluded that Hendrik Schn, a physicist at Bell Laboratories, and Victor Ninov, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, committed fraud.
Best Bets for Hot News in 2003: As in previous years, Science has chosen six hot topics to watch in 2003. This year, their choices include ice sheet movement, solar variability and climate change, science funding, genomics and evolutionary relationships, space observations using non-optical wavelengths, and antihydrogen. The editors also check in on the 2001 scorecard to see how well they did with last year's predictions.
AAAS' Top Ten List of Science Policy Stories: The "scientific balancing act"--that is, preventing safety fears from stifling life-changing discoveries--was cited by AAAS as the key science-policy issue to emerge in 2002. For additional information on the AAAS list, see
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