Sputtering Startups Weigh on U.S. Economic Growth

The U.S. economy is inching along, productivity is flagging and millions of Americans appear locked out of the labor market.

A Genetic ‘Chain Saw’ to Target Harmful DNA

About 10 years ago, Rodolphe Barrangou, a transplanted Frenchman with a Ph.D. in genomics from North Carolina State University, chose the obscure subject of his research to put on the license plate of his car: CRISPR. He is still driving the same gray Honda Accord, but the name it brandishes is now one of the hottest areas of medical research.

America the Ingenious (Book Review)

Among the many rewards of “America the Ingenious,” Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. Here is a handful. The computer onboard Apollo 11’s lunar landing craft, Eagle, possessed less memory than today’s average cellphone. The letters in the Morse code message S.O.S. don’t mean anything; they’re just easy to send and hear.

Dutch Company Aims to Make Chips Do More

VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands— ASML Holding NV, a little-known company based next to corn fields here, may hold the answer to a question hanging over the global semiconductor industry: how to 

Trump’s Nafta Mistakes Are Huge

Donald Trump said during the first presidential debate that the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) “is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country.” Such hyperbolic rhetoric—butchered syntax and all—was undoubtedly cheered by his base. But it is not supported by the facts. As a result it harms his case with Republican holdouts, whom Mr.

Self-Driving Hype Doesn’t Reflect Reality

To judge by recent claims, “fully autonomous” self-driving technology is just around the corner. Uber Technologies Inc. is offering Pittsburgh residents rides in autonomous Ford Fusions. Ford Motor Co.,  BMW AG, Volvo Car Corp. and Lyft Inc. say they will produce fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 or sooner.

Farmers Are Reconsidering the Use of Biotech Seeds

Behind a wave of multibillion-dollar mergers in the agriculture business is a moment of change in American farming. The dominance of genetically modified crops is under threat.

How the DNA Revolution Is Changing Us!

Fight Aging Before you Age!

You might not qualify for any senior-citizen discounts yet. But aging starts sooner than you might expect.

The Sinister Side of Cash

When I tell people that I have been doing research on why the government should drastically scale back the circulation of cash—paper currency—the most common initial reaction is bewilderment. Why should anyone care about such a mundane topic? But paper currency lies at the heart of some of today’s most intractable public-finance and monetary problems.

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