Last Wednesday, the CEOs of 29 national scientific and higher education societies submitted a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team that draws attention to the role that science and technology will play in his presidency as well as its importance in addressing many of the nation’s most pressing challenges.
China is NASA's biggest rival in space exploration with plans to land "taikonauts" on the moon by 2036 and Mars thereafter. Along the way, President Xi Jinping hopes the space missions will spawn a wave of Chinese innovation in robotics, aviation and artificial intelligence, among other leading 21st-century technologies.
There was lots of talk about virtual reality in 2016, but most of it was looking forward to trends that might come true in a few years. The real action, however, was in another form of reality, the augmented kind.
The House on Wednesday passed a medical innovation bill aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations. The legislation, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, passed 392-26. It seeks to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new drugs while investing new money in medical research.
Lawmakers and experts voiced concerns Wednesday about America’s future as a leader in artificial intelligence technology. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) cautioned during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing that the U.S. could lose its spot as a leader in developing AI technology.
Conway will visit Alberta in January and tour the province's oil-producing region, the Alberta Prosperity Fund announced on Tuesday. Alberta's oil sands are a key driver of Canada's oil industry and the source of the tar sands oil that was set to flow through the Keystone XL pipeline.
Even students who find it difficult to attend classroom activities are now getting a chance to access high quality education. Online learning platforms, podcasts and even a chance to chat with a lecturer via an app are giving students an opportunity to “attend” a school that’s located far away or that’s too expensive.
A new report from ACT, the Iowa-based college admissions testing company, has mixed results for California, showing that the state’s 2016 high school graduates had greater interest in pursuing STEM-related college majors or career opportunities than the national average but minimal interest in teaching the subjects.
U.S. students made modest gains in math and science but still lag significantly behind the top tier of East Asian countries, according to international test scores released Tuesday. On tests administered last fall, students in Singapore outscored other countries in both science and math.
As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come.