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Accepting the Challenge of Continued U.S. Science Leadership

James M. Gentile | Posted 11.12.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

Research Corporation for Science Advancement pledges to work aggressively to rally our academic colleagues, sister foundations, and other like-minded organizations for a frontal assault on the current stumbling blocks impeding the production of more top-quality science and scientists.

National Science Foundation Embraces Art Based Learning

John M. Eger | Posted 11.11.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

The arts are vital to changing the paradigm and are being recognized for their uniqueness in fostering creativity, which leads to innovation.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Reaches a Major Milestone in Space Exploration

James M. Gentile | Posted 09.23.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

American space exploration, built around manned space flights, fueled U.S. scientific and technological preeminence in the 20th century. Unmanned space exploration will be the key in the 21st century, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope promises to be an important part of it.


Steve Blank | Posted 09.19.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

When I was an entrepreneur I'd pursue a goal relentlessly. Everything in between me and my goal was simply an obstacle that needed to be removed. This week I had another reminder of what it was like.

Chicago Helps Crack Code to the Matter of Life, Doesn't Get Invited to God Particle Party

Roxane Assaf | Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Imagine being part of the discovery of something that potentially cracks the code to the origins of the universe by understanding the structure of matter.

Colliding Galaxies Created Weird Link In Space, Scientists Say

Posted 06.12.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 06/12/2012 07:36 AM EDT on ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two galaxies near our own Milky Way may have had a clo...

Boosting Math Achievement: A Letter to NSF

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The weak math achievement distribution in America is a complex phenomenon. Four of the root causes are culture, preparation, standards, and practices.

Benefits Of Social Media And Video Games In Classrooms

| Nick Pandolfo | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Digital blog. Social media, video games, blogs and wikis are playing increasingly importa...

Basic Scientific Research and Its Transformational Potential

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

As our nation's leadership in scientific and technological innovation is challenged as never before, federal funding of basic scientific research remains essential, but that research should be potentially transformational.

Imagining A Terrorist Attack On LA

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.23.2012 | Los Angeles

If Los Angeles were to fall victim to a terrorist attack, one of the most likely methods would be a "dirty bomb," USC researcher Adam Rose told The Hu...

NSF Innovation Corps -- What America Does Best

Steve Blank | Posted 05.30.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps combines the best of what the U.S. government, American researchers in academia and risk capital can do together.

Can Manufacturing Jobs Come Back? What We Should Learn From Apple and Foxconn

David Paul | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
David Paul

If Americans care about where their products are made, companies will care. Therefore, even as the president promoted tax credits for insourcing -- the new word for bringing those jobs back -- perhaps another step would be to build on the power of choice.

Growing Scientists at America's Top Liberal Arts Colleges

James M. Gentile | Posted 03.25.2012 | College
James M. Gentile

Hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates combined with personalized attention from inventive professors is one of the reasons that liberal arts colleges have long played a disproportionately large role in the education of our nation's future scientists.

Tom Coburn, Ignorance, And The Need For Scientific Communication

Jamil Zaki | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Jamil Zaki

The consensus as I've experienced as a researcher is that (1) ignorant political attacks will not affect our ability to get work done, and (2) it is not our job to help the public understand our work. I think both claims are wrong, and potentially dangerous to the future of science.

Green Innovation Coming To High-Tech Science Fair At CES 2012

Posted 01.05.2012 | Green

From EarthTechling's Nino Marchetti: CES 2012 will showcase the usual mix of interesting new gadgets and gear, only a portion of which we'd conside...

FIRST Things First

Dean Kamen | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Dean Kamen

If kids looked at Nicola Tesla or Bill Gates the way they look at LeBron James and Tom Brady, then I guarantee that our students' enthusiasm for math and science would match their passion for Little League and Pop Warner.

NSF ICorps Class 2: The Business Model Canvas

Steve Blank | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The 21 National Science Foundation teams had been out of the classroom for just 15 hours as they filed back in with their business model canvas presentations. Their assignment appeared (to them) to be deceptively simple.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

Over the last two months, the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S. This week we saw the results.

The Startup Team

Steve Blank | Posted 02.13.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Finding a product/market fit amidst startup chaos requires a team with a combination of hackers, hustlers, designers and visionaries.

Artifact Excavated From Eskimo Site May Be 1,000 Years Old

AP | By DAN JOLING | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A research team is attempting to discover the origin of a cast bronze artifact excavated from an Inupiat Eskimo home site believe...

It's Time to STEM the Loss of Science and Engineering Students

James M. Gentile | Posted 01.14.2012 | College
James M. Gentile

Generating home-grown engineers and scientists is crucial to ensuring our nation's leadership in the technological innovations that have fueled our economy for decades.

White House Backs New Rules That Help More Moms To Be Scientists

AP | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama and top officials in her husband's administration are embracing new rules designed to make it easier for scien...

How to Build a Web Startup: Lean LaunchPad Edition

Steve Blank | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

If you're an experienced coder and user interface designer, nothing is easier than throwing together a web site. (Heck, in Silicon Valley even the waiters can do it.) But for the rest of us mortals, whose eyes glaze over at the thought of web site design, here's a handy how-to guide.

Turning Science Into Startups: NSF Launches Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The NSF has announced the Innovation Corps -- a program to take the most promising research projects in American university laboratories and turn them into startups.

Why Innovation Requires (Shocker!) Big Government

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Despite our smug self-image, the U.S. actually only ranks in the middle of the pack for resources committed to innovation. In truth, our economy is not innovative enough -- and it's costing us, big-time.