Scientists Drilled into the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Here's What They Found

May 19, 2016

Beneath the Antarctic ice is a world unlike any other. Cycles of freeze and thaw carve drainages, rivers, canyons and even lakes under what seems, from the surface, to be an endless expanse of white.

On its 66th birthday, National Science Foundation living up to envisioned legacy

May 11, 2016

May 10, 2016 marked the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 66th birthday. After long debates in the mid-1940s, President Harry S. Truman signed legislation on May 10, 1950 establishing NSF.

Funding Basic Research

May 08, 2016

Innovation is a much more complex process than people realize. When a technological advance comes into being, its creators are far from the only ones who deserve credit.

Federal research funding up 6 percent in FY2014

April 24, 2016

Federal funding for research rose by $3.7 billion, or 6 percent, between fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, according to a new InfoBrief from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

It's (Funding) Crunch Time For Zika Research

April 19, 2016

A smaller amount of Zika virus funding means research into this disease must be prioritized. What should be the target? With each week it seems, we are learning about a new region becoming affected or of another side effect from infection.

The Sharing Economy Comes to Scientific Research

April 13, 2016

The cost and complexity of science and technology equipment have grown faster than science funding, and research has become so specialized that a gap has grown between the experiments scientists would like to do and the ones they can do.

How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?

April 11, 2016

Government funding for research and development is a tough thing to write about. First, it mostly happens out of the public eye. Second, it’s filtered through many smaller agencies and sub-departments, making it hard to track. It’s also subject to common misunderstandings.

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.


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