science

March 29, 2018

As awareness of bias has increased, so too have efforts to address the subtle ways in which women find their work devalued. But in many institutions, women still struggle to get male peers and supervisors to acknowledge the problem.

March 28, 2018

The appropriations bill gives NASA $20.736 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, which started more than five and a half months ago. That is more than $1.6 billion above the administration’s original request of $19.092 billion. A House appropriations bill offered NASA $19.872 billion and its Senate counterpart $19.529 billion. An overarching two-year budget deal reached earlier this year raised spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, freeing up additional funding.

March 25, 2018

Benjamin Firester won the top award at Regeneron STS 2018, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Benjy won first place for his development of a mathematical model that uses disease data to predict how weather patterns could spread spores of the late blight fungus, which caused the Irish Potato Famine.

March 19, 2018

The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources. The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, the materials used for teaching and learning are aligned to the new expectations.

March 16, 2018

Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins. For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental.

March 14, 2018

Hawking was as famous for his insights on black holes, the existence of God and quantum gravity as he was for his unique way of speaking while living his life in a wheelchair. Operating his trademark computer system with his cheek, Hawking gave the world insights into the unknown and gems of quotations, including, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

March 07, 2018

Since President Trump’s inauguration, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has built a robust team of over 50 staff members, including a corps of scientists and engineers, policymakers, and academics to advise the President on science and technology (S&T), support the President’s agenda, and ensure that S&T efforts across the Executive Branch are effectively coordinated.  [ Full Report ]

March 06, 2018

Making a scientific discovery at 10 years old can seem as far-fetched as flying to Mars. Yet, students every day are using their STEM skills to transform the world around them. You don’t need a PhD to follow your dreams -- all these kids needed was dedication, support and passion.

February 22, 2018

Allowing humans to become masters of their DNA is something that can be achieved using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR -- a simple yet powerful tool used to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. “These instruments, like CRISPR, are allowing us to, in real-time, edit life on a grand scale,” Enriquez said, according to Futurism. “We are rewriting the sentences of life to our purposes.”

February 22, 2018

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Laboratories are among the most innovative places on the planet. Forged in the fires of World War II, they have become wellsprings of discovery and innovation that have made - and continue to make - a profound and positive impact on the lives of millions.

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