Voices of the Next Generation

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Science  06 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6064, pp. 13
DOI: 10.1126/science.1218287

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The start of 2012 provides an opportunity to take stock of where we have been and where we are going at Science. Internet technology has been rapidly changing the way that scientists access information. This has advantages, allowing new content to be noticed around the globe as soon as it is published. But it also has disadvantages, making it easy for a scientist to receive only preselected information focused on his or her specialty. Because innovative breakthroughs often come from the intersection of disparate ways of thinking, scientists need to continually expose themselves to a broad range of disciplines and approaches. They also must work together as a community to build the strong scientific enterprise needed to create the paradigm-breaking innovations that will be required by an ever-more crowded and resource-limited world. How can we promote the wide-ranging conversations that will be necessary to meet these critical challenges?