In a classic essay, George Lundberg posed the provocative question “Can Science Save Us?”, a question that he answered in the affirmative, with the caveat that developments in the physical sciences sometimes raise social issues that are best addressed by other disciplines. In short, a better understanding of the physical universe will often require attention from engineers, policy makers, planners, and others who can facilitate the process that leads from discovery to application. As a society, we demand that science provide us a better life, but we rarely pause to appreciate how scientific developments become useful products. This process of...

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