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Particle Physics for the Future in the U.S.

Alice Bean | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

Investing in the Science of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Linda P. Fried

When we think of science for health, we think first -- and invest mostly -- in curing diseases once they have occurred. This is vitally important. However, the greatest return on investment often comes from the science of preventing the disease in the first place.

Kentucky Rivals United in Call for Commitment to Research

Dr. James Ramsey | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Dr. James Ramsey

Universities across the United States are urging President Obama and Congress to recommit -- now -- to necessary and fundamental investments in research.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Geological Survey Office Braces For Potential Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

Jeff Kershner remembers the last time the government shut down. Back in the mid-1990s, Kershner was with the Forest Service at their Logan, Idaho, off...

How to Launch a 13-Ton Submarine, Part 1

Craig Musburger | Posted 11.12.2013 | Science
Craig Musburger

When word comes from the deep that the sub is done with its work and is returning to the surface, the LRT divers suit back up and reverse the process -- essentially landing the sub on the barge underwater like a fighter jet hitting the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The Decline of U.S. R&D Funding

Kyle Daley | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Kyle Daley

As members of Congress felt the first effects of the sequester on tarmacs at Dulles and Reagan months ago, they moved quickly to end the FAA furloughs. However, they neglected to act upon the far more serious threat facing the country under sequestration. That threat is an impending R&D collapse.

A Private Sector Initiative to Bolster U.S. Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

More important than just the money, however, is that private-sector foundations can afford to fund more high-risk, high-return research without the badgering and bickering that too often comes from Congress.

BRAIN Initiative: A Bold Venture Into Brain Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

Launched with approximately $100 million in initial funding, BRAIN is a high-risk, high-reward effort that will provide basic but significant research insights in neuroscience and will have a major applied impact on health and human well-being far into the future.

Where Are the Scientist-Advocates and Civic-Scientists?

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Science
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The flattening in support for biomedical research as well as other research fields in the United States over the last decade is having serious consequences for American science and scientists.

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.

Brain Map Proponents Explain Ultimate Goals Of Bold Plan

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/07/2013 02:07 PM EST on LiveScience Neuroscientists are pushing for a major project ...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Obama's Brain Activity Map

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.23.2013 | Science

In his state of the union address on February 12, 2013, President Obama said: "Now, if we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in th...

Sequestering Science

Michael D. Purugganan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Science
Michael D. Purugganan

The science enterprise of the country -- the sweeping investments in research that has powered the U.S. economy for much of the last 60 years -- is seriously threatened by the havoc that sequestration could bring.

Research Down Under

Donald L. Sparks | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Donald L. Sparks

Protecting healthy soil and water resources and reclaiming abused and contaminated resources are essential to ensuring that millions of people alive today, as well as millions yet unborn, will have enough to eat throughout this century. This is not a far-off problem.

A Moral Imperative

Dr. Victor J. Dzau | Posted 03.04.2013 | Science
Dr. Victor J. Dzau

Scientific funding is not "discretionary." Rather, it is essential to the competiveness and future of our country.

Fiscal Cliffhanging

Bill Nye | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Nye

Right away, everyone wants to know what's to be cut. Whatever you all settle on cutting, it should not be science. Investment in science is investment in innovation. New ideas are what keep the U.S. economy driving forward.

How Important Is Long-Term Ecological Research?

Daniel T. Blumstein | Posted 02.03.2013 | Science
Daniel T. Blumstein

Think about this for a moment: Many baseball players make more than is awarded by a program in the National Science Foundation that gives us the tools and understanding to manage some of humanities' biggest ecological and environmental issues.

Considering the Source: Which Contributes Most to the Well-being of Society -- Science or Art?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 01.21.2013 | Arts
Steven Paul Leiva

This fruit from the tree of knowledge may inspire awe and wonder, but does anyone really think it makes our days better and brighter?

Need Cures? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

While we need to celebrate the success stories in medical research that allow us to carry on our lives, we have more work to do. We must ensure that we continue to have a robust flow of scientific discoveries that we can then translate into better health.

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 11.14.2012 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Absent a commitment by our government to the direct support of basic biomedical research, our country will be unable to inspire young people to choose science as a career and will lose the ideas those young people could bring to future discovery.

Where Do Obama, Romney Stand On Key Science Issues?

| Posted 09.16.2012 | Science

By David Malakoff A vague plague on both their houses. That's one message from a new comparison of the innovation and technology policies backe...

Congress Could Deal Death Blow to American Scientific Exceptionalism

Robert Forrest | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Forrest

The pattern of polarizing rhetoric and inability to compromise is sure to continue. However, both Democratic and Republican voters should insist their leaders act and agree to maintain funding for scientific research and development.

We Need a Crash Course in Citizen Science

Stuart Firestein | Posted 05.11.2012 | Science
Stuart Firestein

So what is the way in? How do we get to appreciate and understand and participate in science without having to collect a few PhDs? Though it may seem a curious perspective, I suggest ignorance.

Basic Research: The Fountain About to Run Dry

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Science
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

Biology is an intrinsically artisan discipline: it looks like a crazy quilt of intricately interwoven threads (take a look at the diagram of any biological pathway and you get the picture, let alone how things translate across scales).

'Disturbing' Warning Physicists Have For U.S. Science

Posted 04.06.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/06/2012 09:56 AM EDT on LiveScience ATLANTA — The United States is at risk of ced...