FROM Christopher Martin
Can US Solar Companies Compete with Cheaper Chinese Rivals? Solyndra has filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1100 workers. It's being investigated by Republicans in Congress and the FBI. The Obama White House has taken heat for pushing $527million in federal subsidies for the California-based solar company as a provider of jobs in the "green economy." Now the Labor Department is looking into the impact on competition from China. Before Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama called it "a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism." Chris Martin is clean-tech and renewable energy reporter from Bloomberg News .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?