Emphasis on 'Transformative' Research Might Do More Harm Than Good
Funding proposals that require scientists to declare what about their project will be “transformative” to their field can set back the field as a whole, according to a study from Oregon State University researchers.
Fast-moving spinning magnetized nanoparticles could lead to ultra-high-speed, high-density data storage
An international team led by MIT associate professor of materials science and engineering Geoffrey Beach has demonstrated a practical way to use “skyrmions” to create a radical new high-speed, high-density data-storage method that could one day replace disk drives -- and even replace high-speed R
Biologists continue to hone their tools for deleting, replacing or otherwise editing DNA and a strategy called CRISPR has become one of the most popular ways to do genome engineering.
Is your Neandertal DNA making your belly fat? Ancient genome offers clues
By sequencing a remarkably complete genome from a 50,000-year-old bone fragment of a female Neandertal found in Vindija Cave in Croatia, researchers report online today in Science a new trove of gene variants that living people outside of Africa obtained from Neandertals.
New transistor design enables flexible, high-performance wearable/mobile electronics
A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison) engineers has created “the most functional flexible transistor in the world,” along with a fast, simple, inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level.
NSF funds 30 faculty research fellowships through new EPSCoR initiative
New awards from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing th
Scientists remove one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots
Researchers at the Columbia Engineering Creative Machines lab have developed a 3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle that can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight.
New system allows near-zero-power sensors to communicate data over long distances
University of Washington (UW) researchers have developed a low-cost, long-range data-communication system that could make it possible for medical sensors or billions of low-cost “internet of things” objects to connect via radio sig
Four new NSF Engineering Research Centers will advance US health, energy sustainability
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested nearly $80 million in four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms to address national challenges in health and energy sustainability.
Love Your iPhone? Don't Thank Apple. Thank the US Government.
As the company prepares to unveil the 10th-anniversary iPhone, which it hopes will redefine the category once again, it’s worth remembering that without public research funding, many of the technologies that are fundamental to smartphones would not exist.