The National Science Foundation (NSF) today (8/24) announced $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects, which will bring together the statistics, mathematics and theoretical computer science communities to develop the foundations of data science. Conducted at 14 institutions in 11 states, these projects will promote long-term research and training activities in data science that transcend disciplinary boundaries.
Two White House offices issued guidance to federal agencies today in formulating their FY2019 budget requests on the Trump Administration’s research and development (R&D) priorities. Civil space activities are not on the list, but military space systems are briefly mentioned.
A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced two pieces of legislation to address the issue. The Building Blocks of STEM and Code Like a Girl acts both seek to fund research into early childhood STEM education.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) made 19 awards to cross-disciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct innovative research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.