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August 10, 2017

Though there may have once been a legitimate justification for restrictively licensing this data, failing to make it freely available online not only contradicts federal open data policy, but also goes against NIST’s stated objective of driving innovation by increasing the accessibility of taxpayer-funded

August 08, 2017

NIH awarded $24.6 billion in funds to the 50 states and the District of Columbia during 2016, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012, and a 6.4 percent increase from 2007. Of the total amount awarded in 2016, roughly two-thirds (66.1 percent) went to the top 10 states. This share is slightly lower than the 66.7 percent going to the top 10 states in 2012 and the 66.3 percent going to the top 10 states in 2007.

August 07, 2017

The ethical and practical debates over using the DNA-editing method CRISPR to alter human embryos just got less hypothetical. A week after the news leaked out, a U.S.-based team has published the first rigorous demonstration that CRISPR can efficiently repair a gene defect in human embryos--one that would cause a potentially deadly heart condition--without introducing new mutations elsewhere.

August 01, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today realized the initial phase of its $30 million investment to upgrade the nation’s computational research infrastructure through the dedication of Stampede2, one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world.

August 01, 2017

China wants to become a “premier global AI innovation center” by 2030. This plan seeks to redress current shortcomings and build up indigenous capabilities in innovation. The effort will include extensive government funding and investments, along with a focus on attracting and developing leading talent in AI.

August 01, 2017

As powerful as the gene-editing technique Crispr is turning out to be--researchers are using it to make malaria-proof mosquitoes, disease-resistant tomatoes, live bacteria thumb drives, and all kinds of other crazy stuff--so far US scientists have had one bright line: no heritable modifications of human beings.

July 26, 2017

China's military has set up a new department modelled on the ­Pentagon's hi-tech research agency to develop state-of-the-art weapons such as stealth ­aircraft and electromagnetic ­cannons. The Scientific Research Steering Committee was set up early this year, according to a documentary aired on state broadcaster CCTV that revealed the new department for the first time.

July 25, 2017

Experts at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) discussed how scientists from coast to coast are preparing to deploy an array of technologies and methodologies to gain unprecedented views of the sun.

July 18, 2017

Imagine replacing a damaged eye with a window directly into the brain -- one that communicates with the visual part of the cerebral cortex by reading from a million individual neurons and simultaneously stimulating 1,000 of them with single-cell accuracy, allowing someone to see again.

July 16, 2017

In FY 2015, federal agencies obligated $30.5 billion to 1,016 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities. This represents a 2% decrease in current dollars from the $31.1 billion obligated to 1,003 academic institutions in FY 2014.

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