Science & technology

When Scientists Give Up

There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others, like Glomski and Patterson, will just give up.

Congress must modernize defense with innovation and intelligence

The United States and its allies are facing an era of unprecedented uncertainty and change. Across the globe, we are seeing the development and proliferation of advanced military technologies and disruptive warfare techniques that mean we can no longer take our military superiority and effectiveness for granted.

NASA Announces Media Briefing on Arctic Climate Change Campaigns

Earth’s northern polar region, one of the most rapidly changing areas of our planet, is the focus of three recent NASA research campaigns and will be discussed in detail during a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Carmakers must respect drivers who are leery of new tech features: Bill Ford

Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford said new technologies that allow cars to talk to each other and drive themselves may scare some people, so the industry will need to allow consumers to opt out of such features.

GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology in 2016

General Motors Co will introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday. In the same time frame, GM also will introduce more advanced technology allowing hands-free driving in some cases, she said.

Apple unveils watch, larger iPhones in a bid to retake innovation crown

Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service on Tuesday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company's reputation as a wellspring of innovation.

Motorola Emphasizes Design in Circular Smartwatch

Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice president of product management. Motorola's Moto 360 is round and has an all-metal frame, making it look more like a regular watch.

NASA Launches New Era of Earth Science from Space Station

The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation that will leverage the space station's unique vantage point in space. Before the end of the decade, six NASA Earth science instruments will be mounted to the station to help scientists study our changing planet.

Scientists Find Evidence of ‘Diving’ Tectonic Plates on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa. This indicates the first sign of this type of surface-shifting geological activity on a world other than Earth.

Pelosi urges FCC to ban Internet ‘fast lanes’

Reclassifying broadband Internet so that it is regulated like traditional phone service would be a controversial step sure to draw ire from congressional Republicans and companies, who have already warned the commission against the move. Critics of reclassification have said that it would apply outdated 20th century regulations to the Internet, which could undermine the open nature of the Net.

Meet new U.S. technology czar Megan Smith

Smith was most recently the vice president of the Google[X] "moonshot lab," and before that, she spent nine years as the company's vice president for new business development. At Google, Smith also spearheaded efforts to bring more women into the technology sector, and some industry watchers are already hailing her appointment as a victory for women in a sector that can often be male-dominated.

Intel unveils its high-tech luxury smart bracelet

The bracelet has 3G capabilities, and is designed to operate independently of a smartphone. Some of its functions include alerts and notifications, like SMS messaging, calendar reminders, and messages sent directly to your bracelet. It can also be charged wirelessly or via a USB cable. More functions will be released before the device goes on sale...

Industry Group, Internet Innovation Alliance, Warns Against Regulation

Communications network consumers have more choices than ever today, and according to an Internet Innovation Alliance study policymakers should be careful not to invoke broad regulation on a technology platform or service basis.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber's Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks

Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition.

NASA Instrument aboard European Spacecraft Returns First Science Results

The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually dark -- darker than charcoal-black -- when viewed in ultraviolet wavelengths.  Alice also detected both hydrogen and oxygen in the comet’s coma, or atmosphere.

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