The Chinese government sees information and communications technology (ICT) as a key catalyst for China’s transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy. That is why a decade ago China designated “informatization,” the adoption and enhancement of ICT in every aspect of the economy and society, as a central facet of the nation’s economic modernization strategy.
Although planning for Everglades restoration projects has advanced considerably over the past...
The conventional view of innovation is that it is something that just takes place...
The National Survey of Recent College Graduates, conducted from 1973 through 2010, was a cross-...
A new report explores the case for advancing the U.S.’ space exploration endeavors, drawing on the history of rationales for human spaceflight, examining the attitudes of stakeholders and the public and carefully assessing the technical and fiscal realities.
State economies are constantly evolving complex ecosystems. Indeed, U.S. state economies of 2014 are not just larger but different than the state economies of 2013. Understanding that we are dealing with evolving rather than static state economies has significant implications for state economic policy.
The international climate community is focused on completing negotiations on a new global agreement to address climate change, which will be decided by the end of 2015. It’s time for a fundamentally new approach to global climate change; one that looks beyond the staid approaches of years past and directly attacks the core problem: making clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels through proactive clean energy innovation policy.
Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have, for the first time, developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology, a field that could push beyond incremental changes to create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways.
A one-year study has yielded a long-range plan for the development of the next generation simulation-based aerospace design process, described in a new report.
The Obama administration’s stated R&D priorities for the current budget reprise some common themes from past years, including advanced manufacturing, low-carbon energy technology, STEM education, neuroscience and other fields. However, as in past years, the possibility for increased investments in most areas is deeply constrained for FY 2015.
The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis.
A project used an innovative geographic approach to analyze the potential for new hydropower development in U.S. stream segments that do not currently have hydroelectric facilities.
The climate, ecosystems and communities of the Arctic are changing rapidly in complex ways that have implications throughout the region and, increasingly, around the globe. A new report presents emerging research questions that address newly recognized phenomena, make use of new technology or avenues of accessibility or build on recent research results and insights.
A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development and tourism. That’s raising concerns about the risk of oil spills. Now, a report says a full suite of proven oil response tools is needed to address potential oil spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all of them are readily available.
Internet experts and highly engaged netizens participated in answering an eight-question survey asking how they expect digital life in 2025 will shape up.
In FY 2011, federal agencies obligated $31.4 billion to 1,134 academic institutions for science and engineering activities. The 11.0 percent decrease in current dollars from FY 2010 federal obligations ($35.3 billion to 1,219 academic institutions) reflects the absence of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus funds in FY 2011.
A new report summarizes a workshop convened to review current understanding of the links between Arctic warming and mid-latitude weather patterns.
A report covers the ideas, experiences and ambitions shared by a group of university leaders on the best way for their respective institutions and the higher education sector as a whole to survive, thrive and prosper in the digital economy.
The Higher Education Research and Development Survey, successor to the Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities.
A new report describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative vision and goals and the strategies by which these goals are to be achieved, including specific objectives within each of the goals.
The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans and ensuring fiscal responsibility.
A human mission to Mars is both feasible and affordable assuming policy consistency among international space agencies and levels of funding consistent with pre-sequestration levels and modest increases annually in line with inflation.
A new report examines 22 cases of successful U.S. innovation in which the development of key foundational technologies stemmed at least in part from federal investment in research and development.
Science and Engineering Indicators is a volume of record comprising the major high-quality quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise.
A team of industrial design students have a bright idea to help the 1.6 billion people worldwide living without electricity find a cheap light source and reduce waste.
A committee has released the findings of an eForum on the state of contingent faculty in higher education, which details working conditions, the role those conditions play in affecting adjunct instructors’ career prospects and ability to earn a living, and how the instructors’ working conditions may impact their teaching.
The nation’s 39 federally funded research and development centers spent $17.4 billion on research and development in FY 2012. This was a slight decline from the $17.8 billion spent in FY 2011.
A new approach to the federal budget is required to accomplish the dual goals of reducing the budget deficit and growing the economy.
Gathering survey data on “experienced” well-being– the self-reported levels of contentment, joy, stress, frustration and other feelings people experience throughout the day and while engaged in various activities— would be valuable to inform policies.
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