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Trump R&D Priorities Include Military Space Systems

August 18, 2017

Two White House offices issued guidance to federal agencies today in formulating their FY2019 budget requests on the Trump Administration’s research and development (R&D) priorities.  Civil space activities are not on the list, but military space systems are briefly mentioned.

NSF funds new multidisciplinary approaches to study the brain

August 13, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) made 19 awards to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years.

Secretary Ross Should Stop Charging the Public for the Government's Scientific Data

August 10, 2017

Though there may have once been a legitimate justification for restrictively licensing this data, failing to make it freely available online not only contradicts federal open data polic

NIH Awards by State, 2007-2016

August 08, 2017

NIH awarded $24.6 billion in funds to the 50 states and the District of Columbia during 2016, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012, and a 6.4 percent increase from 2007. Of the total amount awarded in 2016, roughly two-thirds (66.1 percent) went to the top 10 states.

First U.S.-based group to edit human embryos brings practice closer to clinic

August 07, 2017

The ethical and practical debates over using the DNA-editing method CRISPR to alter human embryos just got less hypothetical.

Scientists Crispr the First Human Embryos in the US (Maybe)

August 01, 2017

As powerful as the gene-editing technique Crispr is turning out to be--researchers are using it to make malaria-proof mosquitoes, disease-resistant tomatoes, live bacteria thumb drives, and all kinds of other crazy stuff--so far US scientists have had one bright line: no heritable modifications o

Chinese military sets up hi-tech weapons research agency modelled on US body

July 26, 2017

China's military has set up a new department modelled on the ­Pentagon's hi-tech research agency to develop state-of-the-art weapons such as stealth ­aircraft and electromagnetic ­cannons.

Solar eclipse science along the path of totality: Eclipse on August 21 offers unique research opportunities

July 25, 2017

Experts at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) discussed how scientists from coast to

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.

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