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Advancements in prosthetic technologies can enable transformative improvements in mobility and function after limb loss. In Volume IV of the MIT Science Policy Review, Riccio-Ackerman et al. review current challenges to preventative and post-amputation health access and explore scientifically inspired solutions to bridge the gap between advanced technology and health coverage. The cover image, designed by Paris Myers and Jackson Myers, depicts a modern adaptation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man in the renaissance of prosthetic technologies.

Algorithmic decision systems have become ubiquitous in all areas of society. In Volume IV of the MIT Science Policy Review, Thais et al. review the impacts of algorithmic bias in public sector decision-making, describing common components of bias, surveying the legislative landscape of system regulation, and identifying key areas where the U.S. government can take a proactive approach to craft legislation. The cover image, designed by our Creative Director, Daymé Delgado, depicts automated decision-making by facial recognition software, a technology that is highly susceptible to bias.


Editor’s Note | Aug. 31, 2023

A vision for policy education in science

MIT SPR’s Editor-in-Chief for Volume IV discusses what role the Review will play in educating scientists.


Healthcare | Aug. 31, 2023

HIV vaccines: Lessons from basic research, clinical trials, and public policy

HIV/AIDS still lacks a cure, but decades of research combined with public-private partnerships could be integral in delivering vaccines.

Climate Change | Aug. 31, 2023

Individual, corporate, and national wishcycling: Improving recycling in the U.S. by understanding its complexity

Reducing wishcycling is crucial to lowering recycling contamination.

Science Enterprise | Aug. 31, 2023

Peer review in a pickle: Policy approaches for academic peer review

The historical background and challenges of peer review provide key context for developing solutions to improve science enterprise.

AI | Aug. 31, 2023

Algorithmic bias: Looking beyond data bias to ensure algorithmic accountability and equity

Minimizing bias in public sector algorithms requires holistic regulation.

Space & Security | Aug. 31, 2023

Protecting satellites in low Earth orbit: An overview of hazards and policy solutions

Hazards in low Earth orbit threaten crucial satellite technologies.

Healthcare | Aug. 31, 2023

Repairing the prosthetic science-policy rift: Challenges to improved access to and translation of prosthetic technologies

Despite significant advances in prosthetic technologies, there are large gaps in patient accessibility for those who can benefit most from them.

Healthcare | Aug. 31, 2023

Unlocking the potential of psychedelics as medicine: Past obstacles and future outlooks

Psychedelics are effective in treating psychiatric conditions, but past stigmas and legal challenges threaten medicinal advancements.

Science Enterprise | Aug. 31, 2023

Women in academia: Why and where does the pipeline leak, and how can we fix it?

Comprehensive, context-aware solutions could increase the progression rate of women in academia.

Climate Change | Aug. 31, 2023

Evaluating a Manhattan Project for climate change

Transformative solutions to climate change may require unprecedented investment.

Space & Security | Aug. 31, 2023

Chipping in: Critical minerals for semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S.

Domestic semiconductor manufacturing is largely dependent on critical minerals from foreign sources.

AI | Aug. 31, 2023

Breaking down the impact of automation in manufacturing

The impact of automation is nuanced, providing huge benefits to the economy, consumers, and society while altering existing job markets.

Climate Change | Aug. 31, 2023

Decarbonizing aviation: The roles of sustainable aviation fuels and hydrogen fuel

Emerging fuel technologies can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation sector.


Science Enterprise | Aug. 31, 2023

Technologists as policy advisors: A conversation with Dr. Arati Prabhakar

A conversation about the role scientists and engineers play in public policy.

Space & Security | Aug. 31, 2023

An interview with Dr. Tim Flohrer: On low Earth orbit orbital debris mitigation, avoidance, and tracking

A conversation about the policy space for orbital debris mitigation, avoidance, and tracking for low earth orbit satellites.

Science Enterprise | Aug. 31, 2023

Childhood exposure to science through museums

A conversation about the importance of childhood exposure to science museums to improve access to education.

Climate Change | Aug. 31, 2023

Staying up to date in the age of climate change

A conversation about motivating climate policy-making and effective communication of scientific knowledge.

Climate Change | Aug. 31, 2023

An interview with Dr. Emma J. Rosi: On ecosystem effects of pharmaceutical contamination

A conversation about the effects of freshwater contamination from pharmaceutical products.