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White House honors 19 NSF-supported early-career researchers

January 12, 2017

President Obama has named 102 scientists and engineers, including 19 nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the U.S.

The false choice of basic vs. applied research

January 05, 2017

A new call to abolish the concept of “applied research” comes from a surprising source: the founding dean of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Before engineers get up in arms, though, they should know he wants to eliminate “basic research” as well.

Scientists make crowd-funding pitches for research as government dollars cut

January 01, 2017

Researchers facing a severe shortage of government and foundation funding are increasingly using crowd-funding to get their projects off the ground. It works like this: An idea or research project is posted online, usually with a catchy video telling a story.

China Agrees to Return Seized Drone, Ending Standoff, Pentagon Says

December 18, 2016

The Pentagon on Saturday said that Beijing had agreed to return an underwater drone seized by China in internation

Innovation bill clears House, heads to president

December 18, 2016

“This bill maximizes the nation’s investment in basic research, and helps boost U.S. competitiveness, creates jobs and spurs new business and industries,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), who chairs the House science committee, in a statement issued shortly after the vote.

Science Funding in Limbo as Congress Extends CR Through April 28

December 14, 2016

Federal departments and agencies, including the science agencies and programs, will now face uncertainty about the total funds they have to spend for the upcoming year. They will likely respond by spending conservatively in the first months of 2017 as a precaution.

The Dividends of Funding Basic Science

December 11, 2016

The U.S. remains a powerhouse of research and development.

Congress passes 21st Century Cures Act, boosting research and easing drug approvals

December 08, 2016

Congress passed sweeping legislation Wednesday that boosts funding for medical research, eases the development and approval of experimental treatments and reforms federal policy on mental health care. The 94 to 5 Senate vote Wednesday followed a 392 to 26 House vote last week.

Congress is poised to back NSF's approach to research

December 06, 2016

Congress has reached a truce -- and possibly a lasting settlement -- in the fiercely partisan 3-year war between Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the scientific community over how the National Science Foundation (NSF) should operate.

House passes medical cures bill

December 01, 2016

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.

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