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New edition of Capitol Hill Quarterly focuses on link between research and innovation and more…

The October edition of Capitol Hill Quarterly (CHQ), APS’s newsleter focusing on science policy news, is brimming with new and interesting stories. One piece focuses on the link between research and innovation. Another one provides information about possible cuts to science in the wake of the debt-reduction deal. And a third spotlights the winners of […]

It Isn’t Rocket Science – But it IS Physics (and materials science and computer science)

IPad Sign   Although the science community understands the critical link between federal funding for early stage research and life-changing products on the market, most members of Congress and their staff do not.  This unfortunate void has led to threats to slash federal science budgets at a time when they should be increasing to reinforce […]

DOE to hold workshop on long-term plans

The Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) Capstone workshop on July 13 in Washington, D.C. to improve the agency’s long-term planning and increase its effectiveness. Steve Koonin, undersecretary for science at DOE, said the review will: Lay out the nation’s energy challenges in context; Outline the principles for optimizing DOE’s […]

House Energy & Water Development Subcommittee Approves FY12 Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee recently approved its FY 2012 spending bill, which includes funding for research at the Department of Energy (DOE). The bill provides $4.8 billion for the Office of Science, $43 million less than FY 2011 funding. While this is a reduction from FY 2011, it could be viewed […]

The Storm Continues Unabated….

The panel that brought you the landmark Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, the very same report that led Congress to pass the America COMPETES Act, has issued an update, and it isn’t pretty. Yes, Congress passed COMPETES.  Yes, Congress set science on a 10-year doubling path.  And yes, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act […]

VP Joe Biden: Recovery Act S&T Investments Helping America

Vice President Joe Biden recently released a report showing that the U.S. is on track to achieve four major scientific breakthroughs, thanks to investments in the American Recovery Act.  They include advances to cut the cost of solar power and electric batteries, double renewable energy generation capacity and lower the cost of a  personal human […]

Building Upon the America COMPETES Act

By  U.S.  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Science and technology are at the core of America’s ability to compete in an increasingly globalized economy, as well as to solve 21st century challenges like energy independence, biotechnology, communications, and healthcare. With the U.S. economy still in recovery, the issue of America’s long-term […]

‘Avatar’ Filmmaker James Cameron shares passion for S&T with Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competitors

James Cameron, filmmaker of the blockbuster movies, “Avatar” and “Titanic,” commended students for their focus on science, technology and innovation to solve societal challenges as participants in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition held today at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “I appreciate Microsoft taking your enthusiasm and curiosity …in science and technology and channeling it toward […]

Re-Authorize America COMPETES!

On March 30, in a small, nondescript room at the National Press Club, sat 10 modest people who had pulled off herculean feats:  They developed colossal inventions that forever changed how we do things. Two (Spencer Silver & Arthur Fry) invented something to give absent-minded people a way to remember things by allowing them to […]

The Solar Decathlon: Innovation Right Under Your Nose

The Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) are sponsoring a green technology competition that “challenges 20 college teams from around the globe in 10 contests to design, build, and operate the most livable, energy-efficient, and completely solar-powered house.”   This year’s competition, which is being held on the national Mall, is the […]

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