Science & technology

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.

America’s Crazy, Upside-Down Immigration System

Forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immigrants who have been held hostage to political wrangling. Many of these doctors, scientists and engineers are getting fed up with being in immigration limbo and are leaving the country.

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.”

Civil liberties groups demand cyber veto

Civil liberties advocates are calling on President Obama to take a stand against cybersecurity legislation they fear would further embolden the National Security Agency.

Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

“If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.

To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Scientists and engineers at NASA are using origami techniques to help solve a fundamental dilemma facing spacecraft designers: How do you take a big object, pack it into a small container for rocket launch, and then unpack it again once it arrives in space — making sure nothing breaks in the process.

Study: Top labs run by men tend to hire fewer women

As we hear seemingly every day, there are far too few women in tech jobs at Silicon Valley giants.They're underrepresented in engineering fields like transportation, aerospace, and petroleum. And while it isn't news that a gender divide exists in scientific laboratories too, a recent study shows it may be even worse in labs run by the most elite male scientists.

Latta, Issa, Eshoo, Matsui Introduce Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act

“Demand for wireless spectrum is growing rapidly as smartphone and tablet users increasingly use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet,” said Latta. “To accommodate this demand and support future mobile development and innovation, we must utilize spectrum more efficiently. The Wi-Fi Innovation Act paves a pathway to maximize the use of spectrum and examine ways to expand the deployment of wireless networks and services across the country, so all can benefit from this next-generation technology.”

Net neutrality comments top 1 million

Many of those comments have been critical of a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler, which Web rights groups say would allow Internet providers to charge companies such as Netflix or Hulu to ensure that their users get fast Web speeds.

Legislation Aims to Modernize National Labs

U.S. representatives from both parties have introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, a companion bill to the Senate’s America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973).

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.

In breakthrough, lasers re-create conditions in planets' cores

The scientists focused the huge laser's intense energy at targets of synthetic diamonds to create a kind of artificial gravity that in bursts of energy compressed the hard diamonds under immense pressures more than 50 million times greater than Earth's atmosphere.

Tech diversity? There's no app for that

Silicon Valley companies are supposed to disrupt cozy business relationships and empower the creative-minded with cutting-edge technology. But in one key respect — its hiring practices — Silicon Valley is very much the old guard.

47 Percent Of Americans Wouldn’t Last A Day Without Their Smartphones

Nearly half of all Americans admit that they would be unable to make it through a day without their smartphone, and many view the mobile devices as more important to their day-to-day lives than coffee, microwaves and television.

The Future Starts Here" Nominated for an Emmy Award!

"So excited to share that the first season of our show The Future Starts Here is nominated for an Emmy Award! The nomination, in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture, was announced this week much to our surprise and delight. The first season of the series, for the AOL On Network, premiered last October. (You can watch all 8 episodes here)" -- Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek's "women shaping the 21st Century".

Tiffany's work is featured in ASTRA's EdTech Revolution in Education book, which is available for no charge at store.usinnovation.org

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