R&D trends and history

“For many scientists, including me, liquid helium is our professional lifeblood.”  So stated William Halperin, Professor of Physics at Northwestern University and the chair-elect of the American Physical Society’s Division of Condensed Matter Physics.   Halperin was testifying at a July 8 hearing of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee on the implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act.   

24 Jul 2015

Although last month’s hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy was low-key in nature and less than ninety minutes long, it demonstrated considerable support for the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs. 

17 Jul 2015

On July 10, the Space Subcommittee within the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine the operational challenges currently bedeviling the International Space Station (ISS), including a number of recent and costly cargo launch failures and other technical failures.  During the hearing, members of Congress from both parties and witnesses spoke highly of the unique research platform that the ISS provides to U.S.

16 Jul 2015

Yesterday, in a 50-45 floor vote, the Senate failed to muster the necessary votes to proceed to consideration of the $567 billion FY 2016 Defense Appropriations bill.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republican senators supporting the bill as it was reported out of committee and Democratic senators opposing.

19 Jun 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends a 3.4 percent increase in funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate appropriators’ s

18 Jun 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends a 1.2 percent decrease in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate a

17 Jun 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends a 1.6 percent funding increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate approp

17 Jun 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends flat funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate appropriators’ specific recommendations for

17 Jun 2015

A new report published by the MIT Committee to Evaluate the Innovation Deficit calls for the U.S. to shore up its declining investments in basic research, highlighting fifteen under-exploited areas of science and technology in which the authors believe a more robust basic research investment would help to improve society, shape and maintain U.S.

4 Jun 2015

The Pew Research Center, acting in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has released two important surveys on the American public’s and scientists’ views on a wide variety of science-related activities.

25 Feb 2015

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