FYI Archive

24 May 2019

Science programs across the federal government would receive substantial budget increases under legislation advanced this week by the House Appropriations Committee, with programs tied to addressing climate change receiving particularly favorable treatment.

23 May 2019

A National Academies report released this month delves into issues pertaining to achieving reproducibility and replicability in scientific results. While encouraging reforms to scientific practices, it stresses that scientific confidence rests less in verifying individual results than in accumulating evidence across studies.

22 May 2019

According to a recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, U.S. weather forecasting capabilities would be set back decades if the Federal Communications Commission proceeds with its current plans for opening a 24 gigahertz spectrum band to next-generation telecommunications providers.

17 May 2019

The Trump administration has amended its latest budget request for NASA, seeking additional funds for its bid to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Meanwhile, the agency’s lunar science plans are focusing heavily on the lunar south pole region, where the crewed landing would take place.

16 May 2019

Now at the helm of the House Science Committee, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is working with the committee’s Republican minority to advance her marquee bill to increase diversity in STEM fields.

9 May 2019

Parallel efforts to bolster Congress’ science and technology assessment capabilities are unfolding this year, with the Government Accountability Office building out its S&T assessment team and House Democrats proposing to revive the Office of Technology Assessment.

8 May 2019

The National Science Foundation’s sponsoring official for the latest materials research decadal survey recently said she is disappointed it did not offer specific direction on emerging research areas and that the research community’s participation was inadequate. However, she also said she agrees with its broad emphasis on the need for coordination and to bolster mid-scale research infrastructure.

3 May 2019

The National Nuclear Security Administration proposes to ramp up funding for new plutonium experimentation and production facilities while paring back support for inertial confinement fusion in its latest budget request. Meanwhile, funding for nonproliferation programs would increase slightly overall.

30 Apr 2019

In a recent interview with FYI, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier weighed in on pressing issues ranging from Europe’s open access push to the National Security Council's proposed climate science review panel.

26 Apr 2019

The U.S. Air Force released a long-awaited strategy for its science and technology programs last week, outlining plans for reorienting investments toward developing “transformational” capabilities and better drawing on external talent.

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