Research & development

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.

The United States Looks to the Global Science, Technology, and Innovation Horizon

U.S. STI (science, technology, and innovation) excellence and leadership are essential for national interests, e.g., economy, health, security, and environment. It is also important to U.S. diplomacy, its soft power, and efforts to advance peace, prosperity, and security around the world.

States must adapt to thrive in the 'new economy'

In today's globalized, high-tech world, the strength of a state's economy is not based simply on having the lowest costs or providing more generous tax breaks. Rather, states that thrive in the "new economy" will need to foster a comprehensive innovation environment that spurs research and development, technology transfer, entrepreneurial development and the creation and retention of a highly skilled workforce.

AFRL To Establish New Hypersonics Facility at Arnold

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is planning a new hypersonic research branch at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee as the service ratchets up its development of an alternative to rocket-powered launchers and high-speed vehicles, according to a July 3 press release from the service.

Will US cyborgs be the next to deploy?

University of Illinois researchers, in a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, say their tiny new creature is the first robot that uses live muscle for power.

Autonomous vehicles to join US Army

The US Army is embracing systems which will provide increased situational awareness and decrease the probability of accidents using safety features such as obstacle detection, collision avoidance, lane departure, tip-over warnings and vision enhancements for low-visibility conditions.

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