A new report warns that planned constellations of low Earth orbit satellites could severely interfere with ground-based astronomical observations. It suggests measures to reduce the impact of light pollution from the satellites, while noting that no combination of mitigation measures can completely eliminate the problem.
The White House’s latest annual R&D funding priorities memorandum includes a new emphasis on public health security and innovation, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritizes R&D to advance "Industries of the Future" for the third year in a row.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has proposed to spend hundreds of billions on R&D as part of his economic and climate policy platforms. His selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate will likely further center environmental justice and diversity considerations in his science and technology agenda.
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has recommended detailed actions to spur “Industries of the Future,” meet national STEM workforce needs, and better leverage national labs within the U.S. research enterprise.
Democrats on the House Climate Crisis Committee have released a legislative framework for the U.S. to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, recommending massive investments in clean energy technologies alongside decarbonization policy measures.
Acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Neil Jacobs and other top agency officials are at odds over an independent investigation that concluded he violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy during the controversy that erupted last fall over Hurricane Dorian forecasts.
The National Academies decadal assessment of plasma science strongly urges increased interagency coordination to better steward the highly interdisciplinary field and recommends increased investment in university programs to address concerning workforce trends.
In its Vision 2030 report released last month, the National Science Board charts a course of action for the U.S. to maintain leadership across science and engineering fields over the next decade amid a rapidly changing global research landscape.
The latest decadal survey for the National Science Foundation’s Earth Sciences Division recommends it undertake a number of infrastructure initiatives, while warning many may not be tractable if the division’s decade-long trend of stagnant budgets continues.
The National Academies’ inaugural decadal survey for the “physics of living systems” aims to cement the standing of the field as a subdiscipline of physics, distinct from biophysics as traditionally defined.