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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.

National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request

May 25, 2017

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation.

Biotech CEOs, NIH Defend Research Spending at White House Visit

May 15, 2017

The meeting, which was also attended by Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president, examined the relationship between government, universities, philanthropy and industry that make American biomedical discovery “the envy of the world,” NIH Director Francis Collins said in a statemen

Reclaiming U.S. Defense Leadership on Innovation

May 07, 2017

Coupled with the lack of an updated defense research and development (R&D) strategy to help focus U.S. investments and rally the U.S. R&D community, inefficiencies in the U.S.

America's 'Miracle Machine' is in desperate need of, well, a miracle

May 07, 2017

Our machine is the envy of the world. And yet, while other nations, such as China, are working furiously to develop their own Miracle Machines, we’ve been neglecting ours. Though historically a bipartisan priority, science and technology funding has steadily eroded over the past decade.

Photonics volunteers urge Congressional support for funding science programs, higher education

April 27, 2017

Volunteers supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, joined other scientists, researchers, engineers, and industry professionals in visiting U.S.

To Spur Innovation, U.S. Colleges And Companies Must Collaborate Better

April 26, 2017

Flat-panel displays, lithium ion batteries, digital mobile handsets, notebook computers and photovoltaic cells and panels are just a few of the products created with technologies invented in the United States, but largely commercialized elsewhere. How can that be when U.S.

Federal research funding up in FY 2015

April 12, 2017

NCSES reported that within the R&D total, research obligations -- a category of transactions including orders placed, contracts awarded and services received -- increased by 1 percent to $63.6 billion.

Patient moves paralyzed legs with help from electrical stimulation of spinal cord

April 11, 2017

Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and intense physical therapy have been used by Mayo Clinic researchers to help Jared Chinnock intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand, and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

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