science

March 19, 2018

The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources. The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, the materials used for teaching and learning are aligned to the new expectations.

March 16, 2018

Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins. For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental.

March 14, 2018

Hawking was as famous for his insights on black holes, the existence of God and quantum gravity as he was for his unique way of speaking while living his life in a wheelchair. Operating his trademark computer system with his cheek, Hawking gave the world insights into the unknown and gems of quotations, including, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

March 07, 2018

Since President Trump’s inauguration, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has built a robust team of over 50 staff members, including a corps of scientists and engineers, policymakers, and academics to advise the President on science and technology (S&T), support the President’s agenda, and ensure that S&T efforts across the Executive Branch are effectively coordinated.  [ Full Report ]

March 06, 2018

Making a scientific discovery at 10 years old can seem as far-fetched as flying to Mars. Yet, students every day are using their STEM skills to transform the world around them. You don’t need a PhD to follow your dreams -- all these kids needed was dedication, support and passion.

February 22, 2018

Allowing humans to become masters of their DNA is something that can be achieved using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR -- a simple yet powerful tool used to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. “These instruments, like CRISPR, are allowing us to, in real-time, edit life on a grand scale,” Enriquez said, according to Futurism. “We are rewriting the sentences of life to our purposes.”

February 22, 2018

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Laboratories are among the most innovative places on the planet. Forged in the fires of World War II, they have become wellsprings of discovery and innovation that have made - and continue to make - a profound and positive impact on the lives of millions.

February 18, 2018

The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, according to a report in The Washington Post.

February 13, 2018

On February 12, US President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October 2018. Funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health would hold steady after Congress agrees to lift spending caps, but details are fuzzy.

February 12, 2018

Sending astronauts back to the moon is one of the top space priorities of President Trump. But his administration wants to accomplish that without giving NASA additional money, and it won’t occur until after he leaves office, even if he wins re-election. Instead, it aims to give the private sector a greater role, according to a budget proposal to be released on Monday.

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