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Why The Best Entrepreneurs Get It Wrong in Small Doses

Harry Red | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Harry Red

I know, rejection hurts. Every time you show another person something you've created as an entrepreneur, you make yourself vulnerable. And when it turns out you've made something of little value, you will feel the pain of getting it wrong.

Federal Funding Drives U.S. Innovation

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2016 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

What if we could strengthen or weaken emotionally charged memories? Such a scientific breakthrough would have tremendous therapeutic implications, mak...

Accelerating the Pace of Innovation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The biggest problem in evidence-based reform in education is that there are too few replicable programs that have strong evidence of effectiveness ava...

Gravitational Waves and Binary Black Holes, an Inside Story

Bill Destler | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Bill Destler

The recent announcement of the detection of gravitational waves emitted from the merger of a binary black hole system is clearly one of the greatest s...

Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm

John M. Eger | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
John M. Eger

At this point, the debate in America about art and science is coming to a conclusion : the disciplines very much need each other.

10 Ways Advanced Computing Catalyzes Science

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

When researchers need to compare complex new genomes; or map new regions of the Arctic in high-resolution detail; or detect signs of dark matter; or make sense of massive amounts of fMRI data, they turn to the high-performance computing and data analysis systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

S.T.E.M.+O = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Oysters

John Cronin | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
John Cronin

"How does a city of this magnitude bring young students to the water, and have them feel a sense of ownership and community?" asks Professor Lauren Birney from her lower Manhattan office at Pace University's School of Education. "Oysters."

The Real Creator of the Apple Watch Wasn't Steve Jobs, It Was Uncle Sam

Melissa A. Hines | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology
Melissa A. Hines

Transforming the original transistor into the devices that adorn the Apple Watch didn't require one advance, or ten advances, or even a hundred advances -- it took decades of effort by thousands of scientists and engineers in academic and industrial labs across the U.S.

How We Changed the Way the U.S. Government Commercializes Science: Errol Arkilic -- Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research.

Becoming an Interstellar Species

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 06.30.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

Our interstellar challenge is, how do we as a planet confined humans, become an interstellar species? This encompasses all human endeavors, and is vitally dependent upon interstellar propulsion physics to realize our coming of age as an interstellar species.

Strings Are Dead

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 06.18.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

I forecast that both string and quantum gravity theories will be dead by 2017.

Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 06.11.2016 | Science
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Linguistics lies in the borderlands of science and humanities, and nowhere is that shown more brilliantly than in the Breath of Life language reclamation model.

Honda's Gravity Modification Research

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 06.08.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

For us Americans, it is unthinkable for General Motors to investigate gravity modification, and here was Honda in the 1990s, at that, researching this topic.

Doubling Down on a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation's I-Corps Lite

Steve Blank | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

After seeing the results of 500+ teams through the I-Corps, the NSF now offers all teams who've received government funding to start a company an introduction to building a Lean Startup. Here's Edmund's description of the I-Corps Lite program.

Repubs Anti-Science Agenda Endangers All of US

Harlan Green | Posted 05.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, headed by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, approved a bill that would slash at least three hundred million dollars from NASA's earth-science budget, says the New Yorker's Elizabeth Colbert.

Refueling America's Research

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

If we don't strengthen our support of scientific research, the engine of innovation that gave our nation a competitive edge in the last century may lose steam. A "refuel" is in order to keep our job-stimulating innovation engine on pace. America's economic competitors are moving to increase their own investments, and it would be incredibly short-sighted to fall behind.

How Best to Hold Federal Scientific Research Accountable

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

The surest route to success in scientific research is to foster a robust environment of scientific investigation and engage the finest minds in that pursuit.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Turning Science Into the New Welfare Queen

Bob Seay | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Bob Seay

Rand Paul knows that if he can get voters to resent scientific research as much as they resent minorities and poor people, then he and his fellow Republicans will be free to ignore inconvenient facts about climate change, population trends, and other data that goes against the Republican agenda.

Investing in America's Dazzling Scientific Talent

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

Our nation needs to increase its commitment to the intellectual pursuit of scientific discovery - and to the "dazzling" talent in our midst. That's a proven strategy to produce the jobs that Americans want and deserve -- not directly but indirectly.

Protect and Maintain America's Scientific Preeminence

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

America is leading the world in scientific discoveries and technological advances, and key to that is the independence of the scientific process that has served American innovation so well in the past. It's essential to protect that process and ensure that scientific merit is determined by scientific peers.

Xavier Cortada's Art: Inspired by Science, and Uniquely Miami

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.

For America's Future, Engineering Needs to Diversify

Linda Katehi | Posted 01.07.2015 | College
Linda Katehi

With the bright science students we see at UC Davis, we know that bias is unfounded, and we have programs designed to help get young girls excited about science.

Evolution Helps Those Who Help Their Selves

Nathan Currier | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science
Nathan Currier

Lynn Margulis' view of evolution focused more on what might be called the "environmental agency" of organisms -- their capacity to adapt their environment, not just adapt to it. Only when and if such a view of evolution becomes more widely accepted does society seem likely to fight warming successfully.

Why Translational Medicine Will Never Be the Same

Steve Blank | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.