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Investing in America's Dazzling Scientific Talent

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

The More We Invest in Medical Research Now, the More Lives We Save, Improve for Generations

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Federal funding for medical research is trending down -- way down. And this is happening at a time when technology and innovation are trending up, which means we could be missing out on so many lifesaving and life-changing advancements.

Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines in the Limelight on Stage and in Society

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 11.02.2014 | Technology
Aaron Dubrow

Like most Americans, I grew up on a steady diet of fictional robots. They were occasionally friendly or cooperative, often murderous, typically clumsy and tone-deaf to human emotions and needs

LOOK: Galaxy's Huge Black Hole Puts On Spectacular Show

Space.com | Kelly Dickerson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science

The supermassive black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy is putting on a fireworks display of cosmic proportions. Scientists captured the brill...

Dispatches From a Connected Future

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
Aaron Dubrow

Anyone looking for a glimpse into the technologies that will change our lives, businesses and organizations in the coming decades received an eyeful at the Smart America Expo in Washington, D.C. in June.

I-Corps @ NIH - Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We've pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. We're changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development t...

Why Lean May Save Your Life - The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may...

Particle Physics for the Future in the U.S.

Alice Bean | Posted 07.31.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

The Division of Particles and Fields in the American Physical Society started a community planning exercise in 2013 to help plan the next 10 years of particle physics investments in light of the Higgs discovery, new information about neutrinos, and new information about dark energy and the accelerating universe.

Sam Stein

The Next Frontier In The War Over Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and the scientific community at large are expressing serious alarm at a House Republican bill that they argue w...

Picking Up STEAM in San Diego

John M. Eger | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
John M. Eger

Next Friday, corporate technology leader, Qualcomm, will play host to a unique one-day forum organized by non-profit STEAM Connect, spelled STE [+a] M...

Private Science and National Security

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Like government or hate it, in the 21st century no other organization can provide the coordination required to develop new knowledge about the nature of the universe at the most basic level, knowledge that is now a matter of global competition.

Peer Review Is Time-Tested to Withstand Political Fashion Trends

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

Cherry-picking grants awarded by the National Science Foundation is not an effective use of time or money. Investment in scientific research has never been more important than the present.

Why Are Latinos Way Ahead of the Climate Change Curve? 3 Latino Climatologists Respond

Javier Sierra | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists.

LOOK: Poll Reveals Shocking Ignorance Of Baby-Making Basics

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.14.2014 | Science

Sure, most of us know storks don't drop babies on doorsteps. But a new report shows that a surprising number of people are in the dark about some basi...

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

7 Cool New Findings About the Brain

Lily Whiteman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Lily Whiteman

Here are examples of ongoing National Science Foundation-funded brain research that runs the gamut from discoveries about the brains of dinosaurs and birds to research involving Alzheimer's and beyond.

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

Julie Kantor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Share with a few girls what you do professionally and what you enjoy about your position. Speak to a classroom and share perspective about your experience as a female in the career you selected and what education you needed to get there.

Why National Science Foundation Funding -- and Archaeology -- Matters

Paul Mullins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Paul Mullins

Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith's apparently reasonable claim for fiscal sobriety conceals their skepticism about the value of social science, and it underscores an anti-scholarly agenda that aspires to erode the nation's longstanding commitment to science.

Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Elliott Negin

If not for government-funded research and innovation, many corporations -- and individuals -- would not be as successful as they are, and a number of them wouldn't be in business at all.