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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.

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.

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