Science & Technology

Strong role for optics and photonics in American Innovation and Competitiveness Act hailed by SPIE

January 12, 2017

The language of the act (S. 3084) specifically calls out optics and photonics. It amends and establishes programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology and for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. "We are very pleased to see this commitment on the part of the federal government to the technologies that will help ensure that jobs and talent stay in the U.S. and usher in next-generation technologies across many economic sectors," said Jason Mulliner, chair of the SPIE Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy committee.

US Presidential Transition and Space: Experts Forecast Changes to Come

January 11, 2017

A new presidential administration always brings changes for the U.S. space science and spaceflight communities. So what does the current transition period reveal about how the new administration will handle science and space? A panel of space policy experts here at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society gathered to discuss the possibilities.

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?

January 10, 2017

Here are eight inventions that have been described in Apple patent applications filed or patents granted in the past year. (On average, it takes about 25 months, or just over two years, for a patent to be approved.) One day they may become as much a part of the iPhone legacy as the touchscreen. Or maybe not.

White House report warns of Chinese threat to US semiconductor industry

January 10, 2017

A White House report has warned that Chinese industrial policies pose a real threat to the US semiconductor industry. The report, submitted before US President Barack Obama by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST), argues that the US semiconductor industry needs to innovate and run faster in order to mitigate the threat posed by Chinese industrial policy and strengthen the country’s economy.

Facebook discloses new measurement errors, continues to hone its math

January 09, 2017

Math is hard, even for Facebook. And it’s getting harder to trust Facebook’s math, even as the social network fine-tunes its calculations. For the third time since September, Facebook is disclosing new measurement errors. The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook reports on Pages’ Live videos, as well as the engagement figures Facebook reports for off-Facebook links...

76 Percent of Technology Elites Say the U.S. Technology Industry's Best Days Are Ahead; 59 Percent Expect the Trump Administration to be Favorable to the Industry, According to New Survey

January 08, 2017

Continuing in this optimistic vein, 73 percent of Technology Elites believe the technology industry will contribute to job creation, compared to 63 percent of the General Public, and 73 percent of Technology Elites say that innovation is critical to the U.S.'s position in the global economy and the technology industry is going in the right direction to maintain that, compared to 59 percent of the General Public.

How Does the US President Decide on Science Policy?

January 05, 2017

One of the president's most important responsibilities is fostering science, technology and innovation in the U.S. economy. The relationship between science and policy runs in two directions: Scientific knowledge can inform policy decisions, and conversely, policies affect the course of science, technology and innovation.

Outgoing presidential IT advisors offer Trump 10 tips to succeed

January 05, 2017

There'll be a to-do list from the IT department in the president's "in" tray when Donald Trump enters the White House later this month. In a cabinet exit memo published Thursday, the Office of Science and Technology Director John P Holdren and U.S. CTO Megan Smith review President Barack Obama's technology achievements, and set 10 technology priorities for his successor.

Three things Congress, Trump can learn from CES

January 05, 2017

This year, 170 international, federal, state and local government officials -- including about a dozen members of Congress -- will attend CES® 2017 to experience the groundbreaking ways increased connectivity and tech innovation transform our world and help our country succeed.

Science in the Oval Office: 1933–2016

January 04, 2017

Although science-related issues are rarely discussed during an election campaign, every president must be ready to address them once in office. How have past presidents responded? With help from a score of experts (for more of their thoughts, see story that follows the timeline), we have analyzed the track records of the past 13 presidents, and identified key science-related issues and decisions they faced.

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