Research & development

Apple's quarterly R&D spending soars past $2B mark for first time

Compared to last quarter, Apple's R&D outlay for the quarter ending June jumped roughly $116 million to $2.03 billion, according to Apple's 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During the same time last year, spending stood at $1.6 billion, meaning money allotted to work on future products and services grew 21 percent year-over-year.

USU department 'may be the top program in the world' for research productivity

A department at Utah State University that trains future teachers in using technology and other innovative practices in the classroom "may be the top program in the world for research productivity," according to a report by the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

NASA Book Shows How Space Station Research Offers Benefits for Humanity

A new book from NASA is showing how research aboard the International Space Station helps improve lives on Earth while advancing NASA's ambitious human exploration goals. The book highlights benefits in a number of key areas including human health, disaster relief and education programs to inspire future scientists, engineers and space explorers. The book is available in a pdf version and can be downloaded here.

STEM Researchers receive Google Sponsorship

Now that Lincoln Logs and tinker toys are a thing of the past, researchers are looking into what sparks the interest of a new generation of STEM leaders. Two School of Education researchers have received a $150,000 sponsorship from Google for their ongoing research on what triggers early interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to an IU press release.

Master Government List of Federally Funded R&D Centers

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF) has released a master government list of federally funded R&D centers and detailed statistical tables entitled Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2013–15.

Bill To Boost Medical Research Comes With A Catch

The House of Representatives is planning to consider a bill Friday that could give a big cash infusion to medical research, which has been struggling in recent years. But the bill would also tweak the government's drug approval process in a way that makes some researchers nervous. Despite those worries, many scientists are cheering on the legislation. "We're very excited about the prospects for the 21st Century Cures Act," says Dave Moore at the American Association of Medical Colleges.

When America competes, the world benefits

As China prioritizes major research and development projects, and India graduates thousands more scientists and engineers, the U.S. faces significant challenges in the global marketplace.These challenges are precisely why the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is announcing it will convene an innovation and competitiveness working group in order to help craft legislation that would authorize science and technology policies previously directed under the America Competes Act.

NIH sees reversal of fortune with proposed funding boosts

After a dozen years of flat funding, the National Institutes of Health has become a top target on Capitol Hill — not for less money but more, potentially billions more by 2020. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the huge medical research agency, one triggered by a confluence of circumstances. Fears that the United States is losing ground to international competitors in science and technology synched with lawmakers’ need to show frustrated voters that they can work in a bipartisan manner, and NIH offered “an easy win” on both, advocates say.

U.S. Military's Rapid Reduction In R&D Is Causing A High Level Of Concern

The amount of money being spent each year by the federal government on defense research and development has declined to levels so low that they "are frightening," says Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman. In the 1960s, the U.S. devoted about 1 percent of its GDP to defense-related R&D. That figure dropped to 0.7 percent of GDP in the 1980s and to 0.5 percent in the 2000s. "By the end of this decade, we expect it to drop to one-third of 1 percent of GDP," says Bush.

Ghost Fleet Depicts War Between China, U.S.

Tech like virtual reality, robotics and increasingly fast Internet is changing the way we live, but how will it evolve a generation from now, or even change the way we fight a global war? The new science fiction thriller “Ghost Fleet” takes on questions like that by drawing inspiration from real-life prototypes and emerging sectors of technology to depict how both war and everyday life look in the future just a few decades from now.

Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016

At last, biomedical researchers may be getting some relief. A Senate panel today approved a bill that would bestow a generous $2 billion increase on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016, or what appears to be a 6% raise, to $32 billion. Although a House of Representatives panel last week approved a lower figure, it seems the agency may be on track to its first significant increase in more than a decade.

NIH Funding to Increase $1.1 B – But Popular Agency is Eliminated

The bill would mean $300 million more for Alzheimer’s research, and an additional $100 million for an initiative to combat antibiotic resistance. But it would also eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, and its $465 million allocated for this year. And it would include specific provisions to defund “Obamacare,” according to a statement released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Chinese firms are spending billions to mine America's research labs for ideas

Surging investment by Chinese companies in U.S. research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation. Largely absent from American research hubs a decade ago, Chinese firms including Huawei Technologies  and ZTE Corp are now using U.S. researchers to create patents ranging from new software to internet infrastructure, according to an analysis of Thomson Reuters' global intellectual property database.

Is the US Still First in Technology?

Japan has the highest budget when it comes to research and development as opposed to the United States which dropped its own R&D budget below 12%. Japan however, keeps many of its advancements for local use.Despite that disturbing budget news, the US is still second to Japan in most lists when it comes to technological superiority.

House bill would give NIH $1.1 billion more in 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive a $1.1 billion boost in 2016 under a draft measure released by a House of Representatives spending panel today. That 3.6% increase, to $31.2 billion, is $100 million more than the president’s request. But although good news for NIH, the bill would also abolish the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which supports studies of evidence-based medicine.

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