Science & technology

Foreign appetite for US patents is not a sign of waning innovation

A recent story in Inc. magazine appears to bemoan the fact that more than half of all US patents are granted to entities from outside of the country. But the foreign appetite for US patent assets ought not be seen as a negative reflection on US innovation; and it should  provide food for thought for US policymakers as they mull over proposals for patent reform legislation.

IT employment strong in March; engineering job growth decelerates

The number of information technology jobs in the U.S. rose in March at the same strong pace as February. The TechServe Alliance’s IT employment index reported that IT jobs in the U.S. rose by 0.38 percent — or 17,700 jobs — in March from February.

House panel passes bill to delay administration's Internet shift

The House Commerce subcommittee on Technology voted Thursday to halt the Obama administration’s plan to relinquish U.S. oversight of the Internet’s Web address system.

Apple the brand of choice for US teens

Over 60% of teenagers already own an iPhone and excitement is growing over the much-rumoured launch of an 'iWatch.'

NASA's Hubble Extends Stellar Tape Measure 10 Times Farther Into Space

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away -- 10 times farther than previously possible.

NASA releases more than 1,000 computer codes in bid to spark innovation

In an effort to spur innovation inside and outside the space industry, NASA is releasing more than 1,000 of its computer codes to the public Thursday through a new open-access software catalog.

Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft Set to Visit Asteroid in 2018

NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

Hagan Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Preserving Science and Technology Programs in the DoD

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, held a hearing yesterday with expert witnesses from the Department of Defense (DoD) on preserving science and technology programs that keep the military on the cutting edge.

Powering the ships of the future? Navy develops technology to turn seawater into fuel

The fuel is created with the help of an electrolytic cation exchange module, a machine which removes carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen.

IT Salary Survey 2014: Who's Hot, Who's Not

A shortage of workers with both technical and business skills has employers scrambling and (some) IT pros smiling.

How to Solve Tech's 'Man Problem'

Currently, technology companies are still predominantly populated by men. This fact often makes it difficult for women newcomers to navigate the field, and may even push them away from it altogether.

US-Russian Relations and the International Space Station

The current troubles with Crimea, and the souring of the relations between the United States and Russia, has led to a series of actions by NATO countries sure to drive Russia's political reactions to ever more troubling extremes. Could the International Space Station become another casualty?

Grad students lobby Congress for NIH funding

The Science Policy Group, an organization of Penn graduate students from a variety of fields, organized a trip to Capitol Hill on March 26 to lobby for the passage of a bill that would increase NIH funds from $30 billion to $32 billion for fiscal year 2015.

Employers snap up next year's supply of 85,000 visas for highly skilled workers within days

Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year.

Revived national science interest could mean starry future

Nearly 35 years after Carl Sagan’s TV show “Cosmos” introduced a generation to the understandings of astronomy and the origins of life, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson suited up boldly to revive the show.

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