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15 Aug 2019

Speaking at the kickoff meeting for the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz offered a full-throated defense of continued investment in multi-billion dollar “flagship” space telescopes.

8 Aug 2019

Americans’ confidence in scientists has grown over the past three years and is on par with confidence in the military, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey also found that perceptions of scientists’ objectivity and appropriate role in the public sphere, among other attributes, varied considerably across political groups.

30 Jul 2019

Policy changes altering the membership of the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory committees were rolled into a broader dispute at a recent hearing over the Trump administration’s use of experts in federal decision-making.

5 Jun 2019

A new internal NASA audit criticizes the aggressive schedule Congress has mandated for the agency’s planned missions to Jupiter’s moon Europa, finding that the in-development Europa Clipper faces stark development challenges and plans for a lander are ‘not feasible.’ A separate external audit documents ongoing cost and schedule risks facing the flagship science missions in NASA’s development queue.

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.

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.

19 Mar 2019

The Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have recently turned their attention to the long-term future of their research reactor user facilities. Meanwhile, unplanned shutdowns at both facilities have put a temporary strain on the U.S.’ already heavily subscribed capacity for neutron-beam research.

20 Feb 2019

In his first public speech as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin Droegemeier indicated his top priorities include improving coordination across the U.S. R&D enterprise, addressing harassment in science, relieving administrative burdens, and protecting research from misappropriation.

17 Jan 2019

A new Government Accountability Office report examines the extent to which defense laboratories have leveraged special administrative authorities designed to enhance their ability to innovate and it details impediments the labs have encountered.

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