Science & technology

SanDisk Co-Founder and Retired CEO Receives United States’ Highest Honor for Scientific Achievement and Innovation at White House Ceremony

Dr. Harari co-founded SanDisk more that 25 years ago with the vision of using flash memory to store data in mobile products. Flash memory – an ideal storage medium due to its small size, ruggedness and low power consumption – has since become ubiquitous in mobile devices, and is now found in digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, thin-and-light laptops and other portable products.

Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."

Clemson developing materials that 'heal' themselves

If you cut yourself shaving, it's no big problem because you know it will heal. But what if you scratch the screen on your cell phone, or scrape your car up against something and put a long scratch on the fender? In the future, that will be no problem either, once the technological breakthroughs made at a Clemson University lab find their way onto the market.

Congress’s “Rocket Scientist” to Take Helm of World’s Largest Science Organization

Rush Holt, a physicist and Democratic congressman from New Jersey, was named today as CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a nonprofit that promotes science and publishes the Science family of journals. When he retires from his eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in a few months he will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist, who has held the AAAS job since 2001.

Can U.S. Supercomputers Regain Top Title?

Replacing the world's second fastest supercomputer, Titan, at the Oak Ridge National Lab will be the "Summit" system. And replacing the number three spot, Sequoia, at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be the new "Sierra" system. And IBM officials says that both will have peak performances of more than 100 petaflops, a staggering 182 percent faster than China's Tianhe-2.

CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. The report (pdf) released Nov. 17 also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.

Remarkable new prototype battery developed by researchers from the University of Maryland

In a breakthrough in the design of batteries, a research funded by the US Department of Energy has produced a remarkable new prototype battery that just needs 12 minutes to get fully recharged compared to the hours the conventional cells take up to get replenished.

Regulation will hurt innovation

The Internet is an incredible success in free speech, anti-regulation, entrepreneurship, and innovation — any government interference would limit free speech and stifle innovation.

ITIF’s Top 10 Net Neutrality Hits

In the wake of President Obama's statement on Monday, ITIF presents its most relevant net neutrality publications from years past. This top-10 list both explains how advanced IP networks actually work and advances a “third way,” middle-ground approach to net neutrality.

ITIF Responds to President Obama's Statement on Net Neutrality

ITIF is disappointed by President Obama's statement, not because of the general net neutrality policy he lays out, but because we strongly disagree that Title II is the correct way to achieve that policy. Just about everyone is in agreement with President Obama in wanting to assure an Internet free from blocking, "throttling," or any type prioritization that undermines a level playing field. Fortunately, in the Verizon decision the court laid out a clear path under section 706 of the Communications Act to enact just such rules. Such a path is surely the best route to enforceable rules that do not limit investment in and on the network, while allowing flexibility in allowing new technologies to flourish.

For Wearable Tech, One Size Does Not Fit All

As in any new field of technology, there are problems with things that don't fit or work quite right. But one of the biggest criticisms in wearables is one that resonates throughout the tech industry: the teams behind these devices are not diverse enough. Critics say that some wearables — like smart watches with huge faces or bands that don't fit smaller wrists — are designed with men in mind.

Another Pentagon official calls for innovation

Robert Work, the Pentagon’s deputy secretary of defense, joined the chorus of defense officials pushing for technological innovation in remarks delivered at a think tank event last week. In a keynote speech given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s annual Global Security Forum, Work said the Pentagon is getting ready to detail a new effort to drive innovation in defense.

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

The U.S. military's ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission

The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat. It took Naval Sea Systems Command technicians seven years and $40 million to develop the technology to the current stage.

Hagel: US Needs Game-Changing Military Innovation

Hagel announced a "defense innovation initiative" that he likened to historic and successful campaigns during the Cold War to offset military advantages of U.S. adversaries. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen American's military edge in the face of budget impasses on Capitol Hill. "We must change the way we innovate, operate and do business," he told a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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