Research & development

Mike Huckabee Urges Increased Funding for Science Research

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has joined a group of other prominent Republicans calling for more federal spending dollars for scientific research. Huckabee is running for president. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Florida Gov Jeb Bush, two likely GOP candidates for president, recently announced their support for more science dollars as well.

Permanent R&D credit critical to jobs, innovation

It seems the Research & Development Tax Credit (R&D Credit) is always the bridesmaid and never the bride.  Since its enactment to encourage U.S. investment in research, the R&D credit has been extended 16 times, oftentimes retroactively, and even modified over the years.  Notwithstanding this volatile history and strong evidence of the need for innovative research it has never been made permanent.

Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations over the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat – while opponents have said it would constrain how the National Science Foundation would be able to spend that money.

Floating metal composite holds promise for marine applications

A team of US researchers have developed a new metal matrix composite so light that it can float on water. According to the group,  the material - which could potentially be used used to make unsinkable boats - also has potential automotive applciations, where lightweight and heat resistance could be used to help improve fuel economy.

Chinese Hackers Force Penn State to Unplug Engineering Computers

One of the country’s largest and most productive research universities, Penn State offers a potential treasure trove of technology that’s already being developed with partners for commercial applications. The breach suggests that foreign spies could be using universities as a backdoor to U.S. commercial and defense secrets. The hackers are so deeply embedded that the engineering college’s computer network will be taken offline for several days while investigators work to eject the intruders.

Bipartisan legacy endangered as COMPETES hits House floor

The last two bills to reauthorize the nation's science and energy research programs in 2007 and 2010 passed with broad bipartisan support and united statements of forging a bold path to retain U.S. scientific leadership. But the 2015 version scheduled to be considered on the House floor this week is likely to play out much differently, despite both parties touting the need for scientific research and innovation to keep the United States a world economic leader.

Colorado High School Students To Send Experiment To ISS

Thanks to a National Design Challenge grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Bertelsen's introduction to engineering class has been working to design an experiment regarding two different types of algae that will be sent up to the International Space Station in June. They're calling their project " The Green Machine."

The 15 moonshot technologies NASA is funding to make science fiction a reality

Each year, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program awards funding to a set of research projects on the bleeding edge of technology. These aren’t your everyday “disruptive” apps and social networks; we’re talking interstellar exploration, nanotube comet sensors, and robot squids.

University of Utah SVP Advocates Interdisciplinary Research

Given the amount of brainpower locked up in their ivory towers, colleges and universities have a responsibility to facilitate those efforts. They can do so by tearing down the barriers between academic departments — and compelling their faculty members to collaborate with one another. The age-old approach to research — with students and professors confined in conventional academic silos — simply doesn't work for today's challenges.

Patent Reform Won’t Hurt Professors

This could be the year that Congress finally passes patent reform. Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Patent Act, a bill designed to reduce the number of patent lawsuits filed to collect nuisance settlements. The bill’s companion in the House, the Innovation Act, passed that chamber in 2013 with White House support but stalled in the Senate; it was reintroduced in February by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.).

NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new technologies that will further NASA's journey to Mars. The proposals are solicited, vetted and managed through NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Proposals that lead to the successful development of ideas and products could result in contracts with a combined approximate value of $47.7 million.

New version of cures bill recommends $10 billion boost for NIH

The so-called 21st Century Cures Act contains huge news for supporters of biomedical research: It recommends substantial budget increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $10 billion in extra funding over 5 years. Other provisions aimed at speeding the drug approval process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are mostly unchanged from an earlier version, but some incentives for drug developers have been removed. Although the call for increased NIH funding is aspirational—the bill can only recommend funding levels, not require congressional appropriators to provide the cash—it is still “some of the best news for NIH funding since 2003,” says Patrick White, president of Act for NIH...

NASA Awards Research Grants for Minority Serving Institutions

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected 10 minority serving universities for cooperative agreement awards valued at almost $47 million. Award recipients were selected from 76 proposals after a rigorous peer review by education and technical experts. Each university will receive as much as $1 million per year for a maximum of five years based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Students Design Furniture For Future Space Habitats

So how exactly will astronauts take a load off on the red planet? A student team at Rice University is helping NASA to figure that out. At the behest of the space agency, five Rice seniors in mechanical engineering developed prototype furniture that could someday be used in space habitats on another planet. Given the weight restrictions and limited space on any future interplanetary vehicles, the designs had to be lightweight and flexible, serving multiple purposes in a low-gravity environment.

NASA Awards Grants for Research, Technology Development

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development. Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, NASA awards Research Infrastructure Development (RID) grants every three to five years to jurisdictions that have not, in the past, participated equitably in aerospace and aerospace-related research activities.

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