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The high overhead of scientific research

June 21, 2017

Last year American taxpayers spent more than $42 billion for scientific research and education at universities and nonprofits across the country. Most of this investment contributed to American innovation, economic competitiveness and national security.

Air Force head's focus on innovation could open path for greater R&D investments

June 15, 2017

The U.S. Air Force’s new civilian head wants the service to retake its claim as the military’s innovation pioneer.

Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results

May 31, 2017

A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new molecules.

3D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch

May 30, 2017

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a process for 3D-printing stretchable, flexible, and sensitive electronic sensory devices that could give robots or prosthetic hands -- or even real skin -- the ability to mechanically sense their environment.

How NSF cut 11% from its budget

May 29, 2017

Last fall’s divisive presidential campaign was still underway when Jim Olds, who leads the biology directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, began worrying that the agency could soon be facing a serious budget crunch.

National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request

May 25, 2017

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation.

Biotech CEOs, NIH Defend Research Spending at White House Visit

May 15, 2017

The meeting, which was also attended by Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president, examined the relationship between government, universities, philanthropy and industry that make American biomedical discovery “the envy of the world,” NIH Director Francis Collins said in a statemen

Reclaiming U.S. Defense Leadership on Innovation

May 07, 2017

Coupled with the lack of an updated defense research and development (R&D) strategy to help focus U.S. investments and rally the U.S. R&D community, inefficiencies in the U.S.

America's 'Miracle Machine' is in desperate need of, well, a miracle

May 07, 2017

Our machine is the envy of the world. And yet, while other nations, such as China, are working furiously to develop their own Miracle Machines, we’ve been neglecting ours. Though historically a bipartisan priority, science and technology funding has steadily eroded over the past decade.

Photonics volunteers urge Congressional support for funding science programs, higher education

April 27, 2017

Volunteers supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, joined other scientists, researchers, engineers, and industry professionals in visiting U.S.

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