Science and Technology News

My Bright Idea: Jane Harman on Using Games to Fix Government

Aug 23, 2012
Jane Harman writes about the potential of serious games – like the Wilson Center’s own Budget Hero – to engage citizens in public policy and even fix our broken Congress in Bloomberg's "My Bright Idea" column.

Can Gaming Address Serious Issues?

Jul 27, 2012
Games are a great way to explore policy options because they allow the player to see both intended and unintended consequences of decisions, said Diane Tucker who directs the Center’s Serious Games Initiative. Tucker described important updates coming this fall with the Election Edition of the serious game Budget Hero.

Senators score high marks on Brazil report

Jun 29, 2012
Released with little fanfare last month, the report has largely escaped media attention. This is a pity. To date, Canada has produced no more insightful and salient strategic document on future prospects with Brazil than this.

“Budget Hero” Added to BrainPOP’s Free Resource for Top Educational Games

Jun 28, 2012
“Budget Hero,” the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp™, BrainPOP’s collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.

In Search of a Budget Hero

Jun 20, 2012
With the threat of another partisan standoff over the federal budget looming, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) hosted a group of constituents to play a round of Budget Hero. The “serious game” is a fantastically effective tool that should be further deployed to the public, says Udall.

State, Federal Support for Research

May 07, 2012
Scientific Director and former President of FAPESP, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, discusses R&D investment in Brazil

NPIHP Partners Release New Documents on Indian Nuclear History

Apr 11, 2012
New archival documents on the history of India’s nuclear program from a collection of Indian nuclear physicist Homi J. Bhabha's papers.

NPIHP Partner Hosts Talk: "The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Program"

Nov 03, 2011
NPIHP’s partners at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the Indian Pugwash Society will host a lecture on "The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Program: Reminisces of the Early Years" with prominent physicist and nuclear policy advisor Prof. M.G.K. Menon, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, and former director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Celso Lafer

50 Years of Science in Brazil and Challenges Ahead

Nov 01, 2011
Three of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation's most prominent contributors talk about the future of Brazil's growing commitment to science and research.

Did You Feel It? Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Oct 25, 2011
Thanks to new technology, people can immediately help seismologists assess the scope and impact of earthquakes by providing valuable firsthand data. The recent east coast quake, centered in Virginia, provided the back drop for our discussion with Colorado-based seismologist, David Wald.

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