Research & development

Nano sandwich improves rechargeable lithium batteries

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be tiny “sandwiches” made of nanosheets of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), according to Kansas State University assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering Gurpreet Singh and his research team. The research is focused on improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on lithium cycling of sheets, which Singh describes as a “sandwich” of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms.

Ranking Member Johnson Introduces Democratic America Competes Reauthorization

Ranking Member Johnson said, “The provisions in the Democratic alternative to the America Competes Reauthorization have been widely supported by the scientific community. This bill seeks to ensure that Congress provides the thoughtful guidance and necessary funding to key federal research programs to maintain continued American leadership in science and innovation.

Smith and Thune: Maximize Valuable Federal Research

“We share the goal of reauthorizing the agencies under the America COMPETES Act this year. It was first signed into law by President Bush in 2007. The conversation about reauthorization of federal science and technology R&D agencies must include an honest assessment of how scarce federal dollars can have the greatest impact. As chairmen of the House and Senate committees charged with keeping federal research relevant and impactful, we look forward to working with our colleagues to maximize valuable research which, without federal support, might not happen.

US Navy Pursues High-Tech Submarine Upgrades

U.S. Navy leaders say the service is making progress developing new technologies to ensure the U.S. retains its technological edge in the undersea domain – as countries like China continue rapid military modernization and construction of new submarines. The innovations, which emerged from the Navy's R&D program, include quieting technologies for the engine room to make the submarine harder to detect, a new large vertical array and additional coating materials for the hull.

FFRDC Research and Development Survey

The FFRDC Research and Development Survey is the primary source of information on separately budgeted R&D expenditures at federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) in the United States. This survey collects information on R&D expenditures by source of funds and types of research and expenses. The survey is an annual census of the full population of eligible FFRDCs.

Majority of Federally Funded R&D Centers Report Declines in R&D Spending in FY 2013

The nation's 40 federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) spent $16.9 billion on research and development in FY 2013, according to data from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The majority of the FFRDCs (24 centers) reported declines from FY 2012, and 17 reported two straight years of declines between FY 2011 and FY 2013.

University of Akron professor develops super-strong, reusable adhesive that could be used in automobile and aerospace industries

A University of Akron professor has developed a super-strong, reusable adhesive that works on numerous surfaces. A company he co-founded has been awarded a $736,000 National Science Foundation grant to prepare the adhesive, spun from polymer fibers, for commercial use. The product, developed by Josh Wong, a professor of mechanical engineering, was inspired by the ability of geckos, spiders, insects and other creatures to stick to walls and hang upside down from surfaces.

Crowdfunding could be a simple way to pay for science research

The outcome of science research benefits us all, but knowledge doesn't come cheap. Crowdfunding – promoted by government incentives – may be the best way to meet these costs and garner greater awareness of scientific research priorities. There is an ongoing debate on how to measure the amount of knowledge created through research. The traditional approach is to look at the number of published articles in peer-reviewed journals and work out the impact they have. How much does it cost to produce knowledge?

Ranking Member Johnson’s Statement on the Majority’s COMPETES Legislation

“There are many, many problems with this bill – far too many to enumerate here. To give an indication of some of the most egregious issues, the bill: Keeps overall R&D funding in the bill flat – simply adds funding to accounts the Majority favors at the expense of those it doesn’t. Fails to fully fund the agency’s operations account, putting into severe jeopardy the cost and schedule of NSF’s new headquarters being built in Alexandria, Virginia as well as NSF’s ability to fill urgently needed positions and to upgrade its IT systems to improve agency accountability and efficiency. Includes a misguided and potentially dangerous attempt to impose a level of political review on NSF’s gold-standard merit-review system...

Smith Introduces Bill to Advance U.S. Scientific Leadership

The bill reestablishes the federal government’s primary scientific role to fund basic research. It increases funding for the science agencies that conduct fundamental discovery science by five percent.  But the bill is also fiscally responsible, offsetting those increases with cuts to programs that focus on later-stage technology development and commercialization activities that are more effectively pursued by the private sector.

Research advocates watch, warily, as Congress tries to finish its budget outline

In general, science boosters loathe the spending blueprints approved last month by the House and Senate. That’s because they would, if implemented, squeeze federal funding for civilian research over the long term. But they are also hoping any final plan—if lawmakers can agree on one—will retain some language they like, including provisions that promote a funding boost for biomedical research and call on officials to respond to the threat of climate change.

U.S. universities and electronics companies spar over 'patent troll' bill

New sparks are flying in a timeworn debate over how to crack down on bogus patent lawsuits. Efforts to deter so-called patent trolls—firms that base their business on amassing patents and then suing other firms for infringement—have often put universities at odds with the technology industry. This week, a group of electronics companies sent a letter to more than 120 universities asking them to rethink their opposition to recently proposed legislation aimed at disarming patent trolls—a move that may polarize the issue further.

Eric Cantor Wants The GOP To Fund Science Research. He Doesn't Think They Have To Offset It

"The president has consistently said, and the Democrats' position remains, that if there is going to be an increase in defense spending there must be a commensurate increase in domestic spending," Cantor said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "My position would be, let's go ahead and commit to long-term creation of value, let's go in and put all the incremental dollars on the domestic side into scientific and medical research."

Pentagon kick-starts program to maintain superiority of US technology

When it comes to the Pentagon’s technology-buying strategy, the Defense Department wants to focus more on research and development that will spur innovation. Its updated acquisition plan will also streamline how those purchases are made. The DoD ordered the implementation of the latest update to its acquisitions program, called ‘Better Buying Power 3.0’, on Thursday afternoon.

Has the U.S. lost technological supremacy?

Technology in general and digital technology specifically has impacted every aspect of our daily lives. Our dependency on it will only grow as we move toward 2020. Let's face it: Our nation's economic well-being and national security are substantially dependent upon digital technology. That's what makes the following figures so troubling.

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