Research & development

Stanford Researchers Making Progress On Pure Lithium Batteries

Virtually all of your gadgets tote lithium ion batteries—but while they're the best you can hope for at the moment, new engineering means that pure lithium batteries are now a possibility, and they could double the life of your phone.

New requirements for the management of digital research data

The new requirements are in response to a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directive. All proposals submitted to the Office of Science for research funding will be required to include a Data Management Plan that describes whether and how the digital research data generated through the course of the proposed research will be shared and preserved. Letter from Patricia Dehmer, Acting Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Is Government Funding Of The Sciences Irrelevant?

This week the White House launched a new high tech job training initiative for veterans. Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan and on Tuesday the White House provided details on its blog.

Science Is an Engine of Human Prosperity

Science is the engine of human prosperity. Economists have said that a third to a half of U.S. economic growth has resulted from basic research since World War II. The cars and trains that got us to this building, the smart phones we are all carrying, the energy we are using to run the lights in this chamber, the clothes we are wearing, the food we eat: All of these things were developed through the process that we call science.

Innovation Is a Process That Itself Requires Investment

Congress wants to enhance the benefits of scientific research for the U.S. economy and other purposes and to keep the nation at the forefront of global competition for new technologies and other innovations.

National labs snare 9 innovation ‘Oscars’

The National Nuclear Security Administration national laboratories -- Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore -- have landed nine of R&D Magazine’s 2013 R&D 100 Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Innovation.”

Extramural R&D Funding by U.S.-Located Businesses Nears $30 Billion in 2011

In 2011, U.S.-located companies spent $29.6 billion for extramural (purchased and collaborative) research and development performed by domestic and overseas organizations, according to statistics from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS). Read full brief here.

Senate Appropriators Press For Basic Research Hike

The Defense Appropriations bill approved by the committee Thursday calls for a basic research tab of nearly $2.3 billion, 5 percent above the currently enacted level. In its report, the panel said it was "discouraged" by the Pentagon's proposed cuts in basic, which it called "the foundation upon which other technology is developed." It noted that "basic research . . .spans across universities and colleges, small businesses and laboratories, growing future scientists and creating new business opportunities."

The House-passed appropriation (see report) provided about $300 million less for basic research. If the Senate bill passes the full chamber, something that may not happen until a lame-duck session, the final number would be worked out in a conference. History suggests the two chambers would then split the difference.

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House Passes Research and Development Bills

On July 14th, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

Two big dark matter experiments gain U.S. support

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on Friday that they will try to fund two major experiments to detect particles of the mysterious dark matter whose gravity binds the galaxies instead of just one.

The Silicon Plains? Drone makers show off innovation at air show

Where California had Silicon Valley to drive its high-tech industries, America's central belt from North Dakota to Texas could become a new research and commercial center for the aviation industry — the Silicon Plains.

Scientists Turn To Public To Help Pay for Research

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.

Weak Innovation Policy Environment Hampers U.S. Competitiveness, Finds ITIF

Modern, competitive nations rely on three elements that comprise an “Innovation Success Triangle” – business environment, regulatory environment and innovation policy system.

NASA Plans Tests Of Distributed Electric Propulsion

At NASA, the exploration has begun with plans for ground and flight tests to determine whether hybrid and distributed electric propulsion could be the next disruptive shift in civil aviation.

Glass app lets you take a photo just by thinking about it

Developers in the US and UK are increasingly putting Glass through its paces in an effort to fully understand its current capabilities and future potential. Actually, it’s not Google’s gadget itself that’s diving into your gray matter, but software – together with another piece of kit that attaches to Glass -- that performs the magic.

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