EDITORIAL

Innovation Needs Novel Thinking

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Science  27 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6033, pp. 1009
DOI: 10.1126/science.1208330

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Science, Technology, and Innovation are critical drivers of economic growth and national well-being. As a result, investing in them has become a source of hope for many countries, both rich and poor. But innovation demands that novel ideas be pursued, and the science and technology (S&T) enterprise may not be well structured, in the United States and elsewhere, to attract, recognize, and exploit new ideas. Some long-held traditions and modes of operation need to be reexamined to ensure that the system is optimized as an engine for advancing society's goals.