All evidence for the existence of gravitational radiation has been indirect, but researchers now say that the addition of just one of the proposed detectors for the global network of gravitational radiation monitors would give them a much better chance at capturing these elusive, theoretical waves. Gravitational waves factor heavily in Einstein’s physics, and detecting these are the only way to directly observe a black hole.
After setting a soaring vision to land a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy struggled with how to sell the public on a costly space program. In a scenario that echoes today, he and NASA Administrator James Webb worried about preserving funding amid what Webb calls a "driving desire to cut the budget.”
The Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corp., has been selected to develop a new type of MEMS gyroscope technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Microscale Rate Integrating Gyroscope program.
In one of the stark realities of the budget crisis, scientists' chances of winning research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for any condition have dipped to a new low. According to the Institutes director, Francis Collins, for every six grant applications that NIH receives, five are rejected.
QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to apply QuesTek's Materials by Design technology to design and develop a new low-voltage sacrificial anode alloy.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Virginia Tech researchers a $2.13 million grant to develop new systems biology approaches to study cells, one of the most basic units of life.
A new hydrogen research initiative based in Japan will leverage Department of Energy (DOE)-funded hydrogen research at Sandia National Laboratories' California site and will likely become the first research effort to be rolled into a broader laboratory research umbrella aimed at increasing the laboratories’ hydrogen partnerships domestically and abroad.
FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean power plants using renewable and other fuels for commercial, industrial, government, and utility customers, announced a $11.7 million cost share award from the U.S. Department of Energy for Phase III of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance coal-based systems program.
A steep drop in both state and federal funds has forced the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array in California. The $50 million array was built by SETI and UC Berkeley with the help of Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, but it costs more than a million dollars a year to operate. SETI will continue its work at other telescopes.
Russia will test a next-generation spacecraft, build a new cosmodrome and even consider a manned mission to Mars after 2035, the nation's space chief said Wednesday. Plans include a new launch pad in far east Russia, nuclear rocket engines, and a new spacecraft named Rus.
Russia must preserve its pre-eminence in space, President Dmitry Medvedev declared Tuesday on the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The statement followed warnings by another cosmonaut that Russia risks losing its edge in space research by relying solely on Soviet-era achievements and doing little to develop new space technologies.
Despite deals made over the weekend, the threat of a government shutdown remains. According to the American Physical Society, not only would a shutdown be harmful, the budget agreement in Congress as it stands would strip almost $1 billion from the Dept. of Energy’s budget.
Industry-based researchers recognize the value of government-sponsored research, but some do not want to pay extra for it.
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As part of the SunShot Initiative, the Dept. of Energy has provided financial assistance to solar film manufacturer 3M, which will use the money over a three-year span to develop its Ultra Barrier Solar Film. The flexible film is a promising substitute for glass in the production of thin-film solar cells.
Analysis of the $3.8 trillion proposed budget is beginning to flow, and early reports of its impact on research and innovation is positive, at least from the perspective of scientists. The president placed priorities on energy and medical research, which explains why standout winners in the budget plan include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Dept of Energy.
The Energy Biosciences Institute has this week released “Grand Challenges for Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels”, a new report that analyzes and organizes the roadblocks facing the advancement and practical use of biofuels. The report was created by Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, the Univ. of Illinois, and BP energy corporation.
Fifty-three percent of medium to large U.S. companies who responded to a recent survey by The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) say they are planning to increase their R&D budgets in 2011. This and other survey results, including positive hiring expectations, have led IRI to describe a level of optimism not seen since 2008.