Topping Holdren’s list of Obama’s accomplishments are a range of programs initiated to help improve science education. They include Educate to Innovate, which has attracted more than $1 billion in philanthropic and private-sector contributions for improving the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching at the K–12 level.
Innovation has become a religion in business today, with "innovate or die" as its mantra. When a company succeeds, people attribute its good fortune to superior innovation. When it fails, people say it lacked the ability to innovate, no matter how many new products it launched. The message is simple: you need to disrupt to survive.
For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite. A live web broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the pre-dawn darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast.
Innovation is a much more complex process than people realize. When a technological advance comes into being, its creators are far from the only ones who deserve credit. Their creation could never have come into being without the herculean efforts of thousands of scientists preforming basic research.
“Today, high-speed Internet is the backbone for 21st century economic growth in the digital economy,” said Rick Boucher, a former Democratic congressman who chaired the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet and now serves as honorary chairman of the IIA. “Unnecessary price regulation in competitive broadband markets will have far-reaching negative impacts on U.S.
Want to get a fourth- or fifth-grader excited about science and engineering? Give them a chance to build a bow and arrow or catapult. OK, so not a real weapon of medieval warfare, but one made from Popsicle sticks, Q-Tips, rubber bands and tape. That was the theme at Whitworth Elementary School's first Stem (science, technology, engineering and math) Night.
The rugged terrain on Mars is taking its toll on the six wheels of NASA's Curiosity rover, but the Red Planet robot should be able to complete its mountain-climbing science mission regardless, NASA officials said.
NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain.
As the first-ever U.S. Chief Data Scientist, DJ Patil is asking a lot of questions. He wants to know how the government can leverage data to improve life. Finding and implementing the answers requires close coordination among federal agencies and a lot of help from data scientists and technologists - many recruited, like Patil, from Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley has struggled to notch policy wins in recent years on its legislative priorities, including immigration and patent reform, though the tech industry has succeeded in strengthening net neutrality protections and curtailing some government surveillance programs.