Conservative think tank launches new quarterly journal

WASHINGTON: The New Atlantis, a journal inspired by the vexing questions surrounding the role of technology in American life, launched last week.

WASHINGTON: The New Atlantis, a journal inspired by the vexing questions surrounding the role of technology in American life, launched last week.

The quarterly looks at ethical and political dimensions of issues like stem cells, fuel cells, and bioweapons. Its target readership is "policy makers who know too little about science and scientists who think too little about the ethical and social consequences of their readership," explained editor Eric Cohen.

The journal is funded by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank. But the title won't always mirror those politics, Cohen said.

"Liberals and conservatives don't have a clear picture of how to deal with these things," he said. "It's a neo-conservative magazine, but some of these issues are going to change our political alignments."

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