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Projecting a visual image directly into the brain, bypassing the eyes

July 18, 2017

Imagine replacing a damaged eye with a window directly into the brain -- one that communicates with the visual part of the cerebral cortex by reading from a million individual neurons and simultaneously stimulating 1,000 of them with single-cell accuracy, allowing someone to see again.

Federal Science and Engineering Obligations to Universities and Colleges Declined 2% in FY 2015

July 16, 2017

In FY 2015, federal agencies obligated $30.5 billion to 1,016 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities. This represents a 2% decrease in current dollars from the $31.1 billion obligated to 1,003 academic institutions in FY 2014.

Seeking private funding for space science

July 13, 2017

New launch vehicles promise cheaper access to space, either to Earth orbit and beyond or for suborbital missions. The cubesat revolution has made it cheaper than ever to build small but sophisticated spacecraft.

Why Expanding the R&D Tax Credit Is Key to Successful Corporate Tax Reform

July 12, 2017

Reducing or eliminating the R&D tax credit to “pay for” a lower corporate rate would be a serious mistake. To boost productivity and competitiveness, Congress should lower the corporate rate while expanding the research credit’s Alternative Simplified Credit from 14 to 20 percent.

Does Defense have $250M IOU to small businesses?

July 04, 2017

The SBIR program has been a legislated requirement of the Department of Defense, an agency responsible for roughly 40 percent of all federal extramural R&D spending, for more than three decades.

The high overhead of scientific research

June 21, 2017

Last year American taxpayers spent more than $42 billion for scientific research and education at universities and nonprofits across the country. Most of this investment contributed to American innovation, economic competitiveness and national security.

Air Force head's focus on innovation could open path for greater R&D investments

June 15, 2017

The U.S. Air Force’s new civilian head wants the service to retake its claim as the military’s innovation pioneer.

Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results

May 31, 2017

A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new molecules.

3D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch

May 30, 2017

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a process for 3D-printing stretchable, flexible, and sensitive electronic sensory devices that could give robots or prosthetic hands -- or even real skin -- the ability to mechanically sense their environment.

How NSF cut 11% from its budget

May 29, 2017

Last fall’s divisive presidential campaign was still underway when Jim Olds, who leads the biology directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, began worrying that the agency could soon be facing a serious budget crunch.

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