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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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    Why Waiting for Perfect Autonomous Vehicles May Cost Lives

    Nov 7, 2017

    Some people think autonomous vehicles must be flawless before humans take their hands off the wheel. But putting AVs on the road before they're perfect improves the technology more quickly—and could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

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    Community Citizen Science Could Transform Science and Society

    Sep 27, 2017

    Citizen science, public participation in research and scientific endeavors, isn't new. But community citizen science—where volunteers actively lead and conduct research, taking control and ownership—is on the rise. What promise does this phenomenon hold? And what are the risks?

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