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2021-04-22 20:11:33
by TWN Staff
Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific and technological innovation through greater investment in research that will translate into new industries and create new high-tech jobs. The... Read More

2021-04-22 15:56:35
by Tom Ramstack
Creating Innovation Incentives for Women and Minorities

WASHINGTON -- As COVID-19 puts pressure on industries to innovate for solutions, a Senate subcommittee is looking at why women... Read More

WASHINGTON -- As COVID-19 puts pressure on industries to innovate for solutions, a Senate subcommittee is looking at why women and minorities are left behind in the search for new technologies. The ultimate goal of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on... Read More

2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

2021-04-20 15:29:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking... Read More

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking can have therapeutic effects, while others say long-term cannabis smokers experience anxiety at higher doses.  “There hasn’t been clear science... Read More

NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a... Read More

2021-04-09 19:41:00
by Anthropocene
Researchers Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into Biodegradable Plastic

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. The world drinks a whole lot of... Read More

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. The world drinks a whole lot of coffee. And in the process produces over six million tons of coffee grounds, according to the International Coffee Organization. And... Read More

2021-04-06 19:17:17
by Anthropocene
Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Carbon footprint labels cause people to choose... Read More

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Carbon footprint labels cause people to choose meat products with 25% lower climate impact, according to a study of hypothetical purchasing decisions conducted in Sweden. The study... Read More

2021-03-25 20:18:14
by TWN Staff
America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report... Read More

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching... Read More

2021-03-23 19:50:42
by Dan McCue
Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such... Read More

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather across the U.S. While it is easy to get bogged... Read More

2021-03-15 13:39:42
by Tom Ramstack
Extensive R&D Needed to Defeat Global Warming

WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Congress approved legislation that dedicates $35 billion to promote energy efficiency, lawmakers forged ahead Friday to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Congress approved legislation that dedicates $35 billion to promote energy efficiency, lawmakers forged ahead Friday to determine how they will spend it. They hope to push the U.S. economy toward more renewable energy while moving away... Read More

2021-03-12 18:37:15
by TWN Staff
Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing

WASHINGTON – Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are reviving their quest to establish a National Center for... Read More

WASHINGTON – Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are reviving their quest to establish a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing and ultimately curtailing the use of animals in federally funded research.  Their bill, the Humane... Read More

NASA Releases Mars Landing Video: 'Stuff of Our Dreams'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines... Read More

2021-02-17 17:21:14
by Sara Wilkerson
NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week

NASA will be making its most precise and technologically complex landing yet when its Perseverance rover lands on Mars later... Read More

NASA will be making its most precise and technologically complex landing yet when its Perseverance rover lands on Mars later on this week. The landing will be the space agency’s fifth rover mission on Mars.  “Perseverance is NASA’s most ambitious... Read More

2021-02-10 16:54:03
by TWN Staff
NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element and Habitation... Read More

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element and Habitation and Logistics Outpost, the foundational elements of the "Gateway" -- the first long-term orbiting outpost around the Moon. The Gateway... Read More

Under the Sea, Humans Have Changed Ocean Sounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds –... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds – and those shifts are detectable even in the open ocean, according to research published Thursday. Changes in the ocean soundscape... Read More

2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking... Read More

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

2020-12-23 17:05:15
by Dan McCue
Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my... Read More

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my daughter was born was the happiest day of my life, because that was the only day I didn't worry about... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic... Read More

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

2020-11-24 21:03:19
by Dan McCue
National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to... Read More

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to scientists at the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory. They based their prediction, first made on Nov. 18, on a... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy... Read More

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world... Read More

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was... Read More

2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians.... Read More

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

Look Out, Mars: Here We Come With a Fleet of Spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries —... Read More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick... Read More

2020-06-30 21:06:17
by Dan McCue
FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been... Read More

2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a... Read More

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

2020-06-23 19:10:37
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an example of other pandemics that are coming soon. The World Health Organization has warned that a global population topping 7.8... Read More

US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of... Read More

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according... Read More

2020-06-23 12:16:44
by Gaspard Le Dem
Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause

WASHINGTON –– A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is slowly making its way from the west coast... Read More

WASHINGTON –– A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is slowly making its way from the west coast of Africa towards North and South America, creating drier-than-usual atmospheric conditions over the Atlantic Ocean. The cloud, which astronauts have... Read More

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