For some issues of The Scientist, themes emerge from a collection of articles that, when originally assigned to writers, were just about various individual topics. For this issue, many of our stories could have been based on a three-M theme: motivation, merit, and meaning. Mostly, the stories are about how scientists feel about their science.

Starting with "Early Warning" by Steve Bunk, scientists have been highly motivated since last Sept. 11 to develop more ways to deal with terrorism, particularly bioterrorism. Although on first glimpse at these biosurveillance projects it may seem to be more into the application stage than research, one investigator points out, "We should not forget that a lot of the basic science behind it still needs testing."

In "Are Science and Technology Governable?" by Billy Goodman, Columbia University officials explain why it is necessary for scientists to have a "safe space...

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