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Science is about more than crisis management – it’s about how we understand our present and future, and realise our potential as people
The Hubble Space Telescope was born from a previous decadal survey. What leaps forward will come from this one?
The astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey for the 2020s lays out plans to search for life on distant planets, understand the formation of galaxies and solve deep mysteries of physics.
Red sky at night, federal workers take fright?
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Congress is working on a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. Scholars explain what’s in store if they fail.
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The government’s 10-year target is to increase research and development funding to 2% of GDP. Investment in science in the latest budget is out of step with that goal.
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The federal budget contains money for big-ticket items like the SKA telescope and mRNA vaccines. But dwindling funds for universities and fundamental science will leave us vulnerable to future problems.
Who should be allowed into U.S. labs and who should be kept out?
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The recent arrest of a Chinese-born scientist at MIT raises questions about the value of international science collaboration and its impact on the American innovation system.
Once featured in movies, TV shows and video games, the Arecibo Observatory was the pride of Puerto Rico.
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The collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was a result of financial neglect – and was a long time coming.
Hopefully, Joe Biden’s presidency will mark the end of using cherry-picked science to suit a political agenda. As Trump’s successor, however, he’s placed in a difficult position.
It’s one of the largest funding cuts to any university course, and will leave Australia ill-equipped to deal with the environmental challenges of the future.
It’s time to forge a new path forward.
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A symposium celebrated a roadmap for the American scientific enterprise laid out 75 years ago. What should be included in a US research plan that would last through the rest of this century?
In the past, governments have worked much more closely with scientists to respond to emergencies.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention.
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On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
Federal and university employees normally work side by side on many big science projects.
Lots of academic scientists collaborate with federal employees and resources on their research projects. And at the moment they can’t. A climatologist explains the bind they’re in.
Ongoing wildlife studies are one kind of federally funded research that’s sidelined during a shutdown.
Setting aside personal hardships for workers who don’t see a paycheck during the shutdown, the research enterprise itself loses out, too. And unlike back pay, this lost time can never be made up.
Kindling interest might be better than filling people with facts.
The scientific community always wants more cash to fund research. A new study examines whether more concrete knowledge of science or more general interest in it is likelier to loosen the pursestrings.
Money doesn’t grow in flasks – scientists have to find funds outside the lab.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
You can’t keep a good scientist down.
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President Trump’s first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
Basic research and applications coexist in a tangled two-way ecosystem.
A new study connects the dots between published science and patented innovations, mapping just how society benefits from basic scientific research.
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don’t stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
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Science is supremely beautiful, but can also be brutal and unforgiving if you stray from the well-worn pathways.