Science & technology

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.

Understanding U.S. S&T Competitiveness

For 42 years the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has been producing its biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report, and since 1998 it has included a chapter “Industry, Technology and the Global Marketplace.”

Friction tests patent reform push

The tech industry is making an aggressive push to get patent reform across the finish line as senators haggle over the details of the legislation.

Many Women In Tech Sector Report Problems From “Alpha-Male Culture.”

A culprit, many people in the field say, is a sexist, alpha-male culture that can make women and other people who don’t fit the mold feel unwelcome, demeaned or even endangered.

U.S. Navy testing more sophisticated pilotless helicopters

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research, said the sensor and software pack is "truly leap-ahead technology" that will let a Marine with no flight experience issue landing instructions to a cargo helicopter via tablet computer after just a few minutes of training.

NASA Coverage Set for SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Monday, April 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA TV

Driverless Car Report Card

A recent poll found that about 9 out of 10 American adults are afraid of the technology that will take their hands off the wheel. Which auto company is doing the best job of overcoming such serious roadblocks?

University-based Research: Always a Winner

We've invested billions of dollars in creating environments to test ideas. We've built laboratories, established intellectual property protections and formed research partnerships with private companies and public agencies.

New data show short-term value of scientific research

Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding, researchers have for the first time been able to illuminate the breadth of the scientific workforce and the national impact of the research supply chain that is funded by federal grants.

Bayer Cropscience CEO talks about importance of innovation, technology

The future will depend on advancing farming technology to feed a growing world. That was the conclusion of this year’s Hertz lecture, which was given by Jim Blome, the president and CEO of Bayer CropScience.

U.S. gets new, hyper-accurate atomic clock

Timekeeping in the United States, which was already a pretty precise science involving lasers and atomic particles, just got even more exact.

Moon's age revealed, and a lunar mystery may be solved

Scientists have pinned down the birth date of the moon to within 100 million years of the birth of the solar system — the best timeline yet for the evolution of our planet's natural satellite.

Republicans push for answers on feared Internet takeover

Republicans in the House and Senate wants answers from the Obama administration about whether a recent Commerce Department decision will threaten the open Internet.

New Understanding the Brain website features funding opportunities, research areas

On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new portal at dedicated to the agency's brain research-related funding opportunities and news.


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