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A Radical Idea for Pure Science: The Scientist-Entrepreneur

David J. Teece | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
David J. Teece

As much as we celebrate new technology and treat successful entrepreneurs like rock stars, there is still a tension at many universities between the mission of fundamental research and the quest to commercialize new breakthroughs.

On Science, Politics and Climate Change

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

One reason you don't want to have politicians mucking around in the nuts and bolts of science is that they often have a shaky grasp of the science at best.

Basic Research and Its Contributions to Science and Society

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

It is the weight of cumulative evidence that drives changes in health care provider behavior as well as changes in funding priorities. But do changes in clinical practice alone get the job done? Absolutely not.

The Scientific Star Chamber?

Nicholas Warner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Warner

A politician who proposes politicizing a jury would rightly be pilloried by the court of public opinion and should never hold political office again. And yet the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, has been proposing to do this to scientists.

Michael McAuliff

Politics Would 'Improve' Science, Republican Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Science Committee on Tuesday defended his controversial draft legislation that would subject the National Scie...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Promises To Protect Science Research From Partisan Politics | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised on Monday to ensure that scientific research is insulated from partisan politics, as government-funded p...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

Science Education Fuels Innovation

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Anne Wojcicki

April 25th is DNA Day. I know, you probably had no idea. If you are like a lot of Americans, you don't give much thought to DNA or genetic science in general. You should.

From Junk DNA to Junk Economics to BRAIN Science: Beware the Sovietization of Big Science

Bill Frezza | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

This is a good time to examine President Obama's recent attempt to bring more of American science under centralized direction and control.

The Attack on a Fact-centered Political Science

Bryan D. Jones | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Bryan D. Jones

Why did his Senate colleagues agree? Why not some other social science discipline? Why not all social science? In the end, politicians don't appreciate scrutiny, which is exactly what political science does.

Scientists Outraged That Elected Reps Control Their Handouts

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Real progress comes from young renegades thinking outside the box willing to take risks to challenge the status quo. It is this kind of science that gets lost in the shuffle every time the giant pork machine dispenses its largesse to the usual suspects.

GOP-Backed Amendment Limiting Key Research Funding Passes

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

A measure limiting National Science Foundation funding for political science research projects passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, quietly dealing a ...

WATCH: Amazing World Of 'Invisible Motion'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science

The human eye certainly sees a lot, but it's not very good at detecting what researchers are calling the "invisible motion" all around us -- the way a...

GOP ­Coddles the Rich, Cuts the Rest

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There will be no end to tax loopholes for the rich, House Speaker John Boehner has asserted. The Republican ruling: The vast middle class, the elderly and the poor must suffer.

University Of Michigan Tops U.S. Public Colleges In Research Spending | Posted 01.28.2013 | College

University of Michigan has topped its public peers in research and development spending for the third year in a row, according to the U.S. National Sc...

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 Lynn | Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

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...