To Tackle Sexual Harassment, NIH Must Address Scientists' Biases

March 29, 2016

Scientists may have a harder time addressing problems that force them to confront their own subjective biases. Does this make swift NIH action on sexual harassment unlikely?

Finding Funding for Rejected NIH Proposals

March 27, 2016

Last year, just one in five grant proposals sent to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received funding.

National Science Foundation invests in a clean water future

March 23, 2016

"Routine and reliable access to safe drinking water is one of the greatest achievements in human history, thanks to science and engineering research," said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for Engineering.

Federally Funded R&D Centers Report Little Growth in R&D Spending in FY 2014

March 14, 2016

New National Science Foundation data indicates that the federal government’s support for national laboratories and research centers has continued to decline in constant dollars after peaking with the 2011 infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.

Conversing with computers

March 07, 2016

Today, talking to a computer or an app can be an infuriating experience. But is it possible that one day we will have conversations with computers that feel as fluid and natural as talking to another person?

FASEB Calls for Increased FY2017 Funding for NIH, Other Science Agencies

March 07, 2016

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has asked Congress to earmark at least $35 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health and a minimum of $7.96 billion for the National Science Foundation in fiscal year 2017, citing the importance of biomedical res

Nation's Capital Is Ground Zero For R&D Funding Fight

March 03, 2016

Next month, a lot of scientists and engineers are descending on our Nation’s Capital to make their case to get funding for their critical science and technology projects. This is one of those ways our government works that few people know about, but that affects almost all of us.

Why Life-Sciences Innovation Is Politically “Purple” - and How Partisans Get It Wrong

February 25, 2016

The United States has long had the world's most effective and competitive system for discovering and developing new drugs—and for more than a half century, there has been a bipartisan consensus that there are two reasons for that success: First, the federal government provides robust funding for

What are gravitational waves, and where does physics go from here now that we’ve found them?

February 21, 2016

This week, a team of physicists published a paper in the journal Physical Review Letters with more than 1,000 contributing authors.

Expanding Einstein's Vision

February 18, 2016

The discovery of gravitational waves shows why funding for basic research is so vital. With funding that started in the 1970s, NSF and the National Science Board had the vision to underwrite burgeoning gravitational wave research.


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