Science and Technology


RAND experts have often been among the pioneers of key scientific research, including computer analysis, satellite development, military technology, and the foundations of the Internet. RAND's research has also resulted in the development of new methodologies and ways of analyzing policy issues, from the Delphi method to Robust Decision Making.

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    Few Consumers Penalize Hacked Companies for Data Breaches

    Apr 14, 2016

    About a quarter of American adults surveyed reported that they received a data breach notification in the past year, but 77 percent of them were highly satisfied with the company's post-breach response. Only 11 percent of respondents stopped dealing with the company afterwards.

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    The Police Could Be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car

    Apr 4, 2016

    As self-driving cars become widespread, one of the biggest issues will be the rules under which public infrastructures and public safety officers may be empowered to override how autonomous vehicles are controlled.

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    The Digital Underworld: What You Need to Know

    A growing threat is emanating from a digital underworld where hackers sell their services like mercenaries and credit-card numbers can be had for pennies on the dollar.

    Jun 24, 2016

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    Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    Photo by martialred/Fotolia The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. In the past, countries have addressed such problems with additional infrastructure investment. But this strategy has its limits: land is finite, government resources are constrained, and study after ...

    Jun 24, 2016

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    Travel in Britain in 2035

    Without substantial investment, the UK will experience severe congestion across its transport infrastructure by 2035. How might emerging technologies be able to address the problem?

    Jun 24, 2016

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    Centrally Assisted Telecare for Military Members with PTSD and Depression

    Military members who visited a primary care clinic while suffering from PTSD and depression reported fewer symptoms and better mental health functioning a year after enrolling in a treatment program that included specially trained care managers and telephone therapy options.

    Jun 24, 2016

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    A global map of mental health research funding

    This brief summarizes a study mapping the global funding of mental health research from 2009 to 2014. It built a bottom up a picture of who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support and how their strategies relate to one another.

    Jun 22, 2016

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    Integrating STEM Learning in Early Childhood Education

    Children can understand concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), they enjoy exploring them, and early development of STEM skills seems to support learning later in life. But an effective teaching system is needed before STEM learning can be fully integrated into early childhood education.

    Jun 19, 2016

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    Americans Are More Ideologically Similar Than Different

    Despite the increasingly polarized tone of U.S. politics, most Americans answer similarly on most questions of political belief.

    Jun 19, 2016

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    Exploring the Social and Economic Impacts of a Common EU Approach to Liability Rules for Connected and Autonomous ...

    This research will provide an evidence-based quantitative assessment of the possible added social and economic value that would arise from the development of EU rules on liability and insurance related to deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

    Jun 14, 2016

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    Cyberterrorism and the Role of Silicon Valley

    As national security and war are being redefined for the digital age, Silicon Valley will need to be on the front line of counterterrorism. Its inventors and entrepreneurs are driving the information revolution, and they must figure out how to protect vital systems against malevolent intrusions.

    Jun 13, 2016

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    Centrally Assisted Telecare for Military Members with PTSD/Depression Shows Improved Results

    Military members who visited a primary care clinic while suffering from PTSD and depression reported fewer symptoms and better mental health functioning a year after enrolling in a treatment program that included specially trained care managers and telephone therapy options.

    Jun 13, 2016

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    Marjory S. Blumenthal Appointed Director of the RAND Science, Technology, and Policy Program

    Prior to her new appointment at RAND, science policy leader Marjory S. Blumenthal served as executive director of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where she coordinated policy recommendations in such areas as technology and cities, big data and privacy, private-sector adaptation to climate change, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing.

    Jun 6, 2016

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    How Commercial Tech Can Affect Military Intelligence Operations

    Commercial technologies such as smartphones are primarily about identifying and tracking people and patterns of behavior. Their presence is greatest in urban environments. This happens to be where most military intelligence operations are conducted and where most future insurgencies and wars are likely to take place.

    Jun 6, 2016

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    How to Handle the Infectious Diseases Threat

    The reactive approach to emerging infectious disease should be augmented with an anticipatory model that accounts for the dramatic changes occurring through globalization, greater interactions between human and zoonotic populations, and changes to the environment and climate patterns.

    Jun 3, 2016

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    How Does Science and Technology Influence Policy Decisions and Population Wellbeing?

    Rapid innovation in science and technology has complex impacts on people, economies, legal structures and the environment. Science, Technology, and Policy focuses on the role of scientific development and technological innovation in human behavior, global and regional decisionmaking, and policy analysis.

    Jun 2, 2016

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    Developing and Testing the Health Care Safety Hotline: A Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events

    This report describes the design, development, and testing of the Health Care Safety Hotline, a prototype consumer reporting system for patient safety events. The reports obtained by the system provided useful information, but report volume was low.

    Jun 2, 2016

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    RAND's Lillian Ablon Presents 'Lessons from a Hacker'

    Lillian Ablon, a cybersecurity and emerging technologies researcher, spoke at a RAND Policy Circle Conversation on the world's expanding cyber vulnerability, those who are out there to take advantage of those vulnerabilities, as well as consumer attitudes toward breaches.

    Jun 1, 2016

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    Technological Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    How was technology used to address the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan? Lessons from this event can help inform preparation for and response to future emergencies.

    Jun 1, 2016

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    Bibliometric Analysis of Mental Health Research: 1980–2008

    This report presents the findings of a bibliometric study of mental health research papers published from 1980 to 2008.

    May 26, 2016

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    Brexit and Health Research: An Uncertain Picture

    The impact of leaving the EU on UK health research would depend greatly upon the terms and conditions of such a major change. But by exploring different scenarios, each with its own set of political and economic assumptions, we can get a picture of the potential impacts.

    May 23, 2016

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    The Global Economic Costs of Antimicrobial Resistance

    In addition to being a public health problem, antimicrobial resistance is also a major economic concern. It crosses sectoral boundaries, because resistant bugs can pass between animals and humans, and through food, agriculture, and the environment.

    May 20, 2016