Cool innovations from government

Craig Calhoun (SSRC): Remaking America: Public Institutions and the Public Good. The first chapter from The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being by Derek Bok. From National Affairs, Jim Manzi on keeping America's edge (and more and more and more). How to make America more innovative: Give scientists more incentives to innovate. For eight years, Republicans politicized science or ignored it — can Obama stop the War on Science? An article on 10 (potentially) cool innovations from government. From Governing, the millennial in the cubicle: A new generation of workers expects unfettered access to technology tools — they may end up changing the way governments operate; and an article on wi-fi and social justice. Push Comes to .GOV: How federal agencies learned to stop worrying and love Web 2.0. A review of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs by Michael Belfiore. Bullet trains for America: The Obama administration has revived the dream of building high-speed rail lines to rival those of Japan and Europe, but the tracks are littered with political and financial obstacles. A trainspotter's guide to the future of the world: America's preference for highways and airports over modern rail transportation will make the country increasingly look so 20th-century. Here are seven ways to fix the U.S. Postal Service. Here are five reasons why libertarians shouldn't hate government. Paul Light on the real crisis in government: The federal government can no longer guarantee the faithful execution of our laws.