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Holdren lauds Obama’s science and technology accomplishments

May 08, 2016

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.

SpaceX successfully lands rocket on ocean platform for second time

May 08, 2016

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.

Funding Basic Research

May 08, 2016

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.

A Look at Broadband & the U.S. Economy

May 08, 2016

“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.

Making Engineering Fun

May 06, 2016

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.

NASA Makes Dozens of Patents Available in Public Domain to Benefit U.S. Industry

May 06, 2016

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.

Apple, Facebook and other tech firms urge presidential candidates to support encryption as ‘critical security tool’ and more

May 05, 2016

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.