Research & development

Successful companies founded by physicists often break the Silicon Valley model

"Small startups have replaced corporate research centers as the drivers of American innovation," said Orville Butler, a former historian at the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and coauthor of a new AIP report on physics startups.

Inside The Lab Where They Build Robots That Are Smaller Than Pennies

Sarah Bergbreiter is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, and she and her team build tiny robots.

Government research: Not just useful, but entrepreneurial and visionary?

The “government—not the private sector—is the economy’s indispensable entrepreneur,” argued Teresa Tritch of the New York Times last month. The government innovates, she declared, “at the frontiers of science and technology, able and willing to take risks and to persevere through uncertainty.”

President Obama Honors the Nation's Cutting-Edge Scientists and Engineers

A group of leading researchers were honored yesterday at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

MIT, Harvard scientists find way to produce solar power without sunshine

Scientists at MIT and Harvard say they have developed a material that can produce solar power for times when the sun is not shining. The material absorbs the sun’s heat, stores that energy in chemical form and can release it on demand, according to researchers.

Who's Getting the Big Bucks for Data Science? And Why?

Data science is scorching hot right now, in headlines, board rooms, university plans, and yes, philanthropy. At least five schools have scored multi-million-dollar grants for data science initiatives just in the past year. Here’s where the funding is going.

Air Force Uses STEM To Propel the Future of Hypersonics

Hypersonic research and several young engineers are reaping the benefits of a pilot mentoring program at Arnold Engineering Development Complex‘s Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in  White Oak, Md.

US, EU Drop In Science Research And Innovation

America’s leading position in global science and innovation is slipping, according to a recent Thomson Reuters report on the performance of the G-20 world economies. If the trend continues, it may augur trouble for the nation's economic growth.

Analysis of G20 nations highlights shifts in emphasis

The study, which analyzed citation patterns in scientific research papers and the patent portfolios of the G20 over a ten-year-period, found that emerging markets, notably China and India, have made strides in closing the research and innovation gap with developed nations.

Grad students lobby Congress for NIH funding

The Science Policy Group, an organization of Penn graduate students from a variety of fields, organized a trip to Capitol Hill on March 26 to lobby for the passage of a bill that would increase NIH funds from $30 billion to $32 billion for fiscal year 2015.

Revived national science interest could mean starry future

Nearly 35 years after Carl Sagan’s TV show “Cosmos” introduced a generation to the understandings of astronomy and the origins of life, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson suited up boldly to revive the show.

The House Budget Resolution and R&D Funding

Echoing past years, the proposed FY 2015 House budget resolution emphasizes defense spending, and would likely result in steep cuts to nondefense research.

University-based Research: Always a Winner

We've invested billions of dollars in creating environments to test ideas. We've built laboratories, established intellectual property protections and formed research partnerships with private companies and public agencies.

New data show short-term value of scientific research

Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding, researchers have for the first time been able to illuminate the breadth of the scientific workforce and the national impact of the research supply chain that is funded by federal grants.

Rensselaer Researchers Develop Computer System That Could Prevent Some Airline Crashes

New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute associate professor of computer science Carlos Varela indicates that “thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard, from plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009.


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