Science & Technology
Who should fund science?
According to the latest annual survey conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the federal government funded less than half of all basic research in the country for the first time since World War II. As for whether this is a good thing, it depends on who you ask.
China's Silicon Valley Investments Spark Concern
There are few restrictions on investing in American start-ups that focus on artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics, the report contends, and China has taken advantage. Beijing, the report says, is encouraging its companies to invest for the purpose of pushing the country ahead in its strategic competition with the United States.
Statement from NSF director on Event Horizon Telescope
This week heralds an exciting and challenging endeavor for astronomy. The Event Horizon Telescope will seek to capture a first-ever image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Radio telescopes from around the world, anchored by the ALMA observatory in Chile, will work in concert to test some of physics' most fundamental theories.
The number of robots sold in the U.S. will jump nearly 300 percent in nine years
The number of industrial robots sold in the U.S. will jump nearly 300 percent in less than a decade, according to a projection from ABI Research. Already, 40 percent more robots were sold last year in the U.S., compared with four years prior, says data collected from the Robotic Industries Association.
Changes to the H-1B Visa Program Begin
President Trump has yet to unveil a significant revamp of H-1Bs, but over the last few days, his administration has started to make changes. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Friday that entry-level computer programming jobs would no longer automatically qualify as a “specialty occupation,” which is a basic requirement for receiving an H-1B work visa.
SpaceX Successfully Launches First Recycled Rocket Booster
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket recovered at sea from its maiden flight last year blasted off again from Florida on Thursday (3/30) in the first successful launch of a recycled orbital-class booster, then capped the feat with another return landing on an ocean platform.
Can The U.S. Come From Behind In The Robot Race?
Unfortunately for the U.S., while America is a big user of robotics it's well behind in the field of robots for industrial manufacturing and stands to lose out on the billions of dollars in purchases of robotics in the years ahead. Japan's Fanuc Corp. is the world's largest industrial-robot producer. Germany-based Kuka is another major player. Last year, China's appliance giant Midea Group snapped up a majority stake in Kuka.
Measuring Noise Levels Across the United States
The U.S. Department of Transportation has created a data visualization called the National Transportation Noise Map illustrating transportation-related noise levels throughout the United States. The National Transportation Noise Map combines noise-level data from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration and color-codes it based on decibel level to indicate where Americans are subjected to the most noise. Unsurprisingly, urban areas like New York City, as well as areas close to highways and airports, are consistently the noisiest parts of the country. Residents in these areas are consistently exposed to noise levels as high as 80 decibels, putting them at risk of permanent hearing damage.
China Challenges Technological Progress of US and Europe
Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars in Western startups, which are working on the latest technology. According to Dodwell, director of the Hong Kong Trade Policy Group and a representative of the APEC Business Council, contrary to the naive notions in the West, China is moving toward global technological dominance.
'Keeping American Jobs Act' introduced to prevent replacement of US tech workers by H-1Bs. Will it work?
The Keeping American Jobs Act was brought back into the fray by Derek Kilmer (Democrat) and Doug Collins (Republican) that aims to prevent companies from making their existing American workers train H-1B tech workers in the country before permanently moving those jobs overseas, a process popularly known as “offshoring”.