China leads US in energy regenerative capacity


A robust technological future for the United States depends upon exposing children to core concepts of science, technology, engineering and math.

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In January, the National Science Board, part of the National Science Foundation, published its biennial report on Science and Engineering Indicators. It captures how the United States compares to other countries from the perspective of degree production, investments in research and development, and scientific articles and patents (as a proxy for technical prowess).

Basically, we’re falling behind on every major measure, which means we may not have enough trained people and core competencies to combat climate change, defeat contagious viruses or compete in the growing market for advanced energy systems.

This is a dangerous signal.

Not only have we closed the borders (even to students) and raised the walls (literally and figuratively) to shared knowledge, we have diluted educational achievement standards at home and outsourced critical manufacturing

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Technologies offer hands-on science options for blind students during remote learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New education technologies are providing more options for blind science students to access laboratory tools and research. Independence Science, a Purdue University-affiliated company founded by blind chemist and Purdue alumnus Cary Supalo, has introduced new tools for remote learning for blind students.

“The Independence Science team is very excited to announce that accessible hands-on science learning is now possible for the blind,” said Greg Williams, who is a blind scientist at Independence Science. “Students from remote locations can now work together on accessible scientific data collection in the laboratory from home, and work with a science teacher or lab partner physically located in a science laboratory.”

Independence Science has introduced a new version of its Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest version 2.3 software, which is designed to improve access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for blind students. The new version allows students to remotely connect

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U.S. falling behind in science and engineering: 3 ways to catch up | Staff Columnists

One example of where science-based decisions could better inform our energy policy are small modular nuclear reactors, or SMRs. Many people immediately reject nuclear power as a viable energy option because of two false perceptions: that it is fundamentally unsafe and that there is no good way to dispense with spent radioactive fuel. However, even well-respected former anti-nuclear advocates, like Michael Schellenberger, have changed their minds on this. Electricity from nuclear plants can be created safely, affordably and without turning radioactive material into weapons.

Another example is hydrogen-based fuel cells, which produce electricity in a way that exhausts only water and heat. The global market is still relatively small, only about $5 billion today, but one analyst believes it could grow to $40 billion in six years; another believes that in 2032 over 5 million hydrogen-fueled cars will be sold worldwide, worth over $250 billion. Almost every major foreign manufacturer

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Digital platform for creative individuals

a group of people on a sidewalk: Cult Creative hopes to grow the community by being self-sustainable.

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Cult Creative hopes to grow the community by being self-sustainable.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian-based startup, Cult Creative is on a mission to fully develop their disruptive professional app and platform for creatives, revolutionising the local creative industry socially and economically through innovation and technology.

The company said it is set to raise RM100,000 via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on PitchIN to expand the development of its initiative for creatives who will then be able to collaborate digitally, learn new skills and discover opportunities for growth.

Cult Creative aims to deliver a networking app and platform for creative people to explore the world of opportunities through connectivity.

Its chief executive officer and co-founder, Shermaine Wong comments said Malaysia’s unemployment rate increased to 5 percent, the highest this decade due to the pandemic.

“We wanted to find the solution for this significant gap in the market. Existing

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California must fund independent science research


This year, California broke a sad record. We had the largest wildfire in modern history, burning more than 1 million acres over seven counties and sending choking smoke across the state. Recently, 90,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Southern California. The untold level of destruction has yet to be fully quantified or understood. One thing we do know is that the wildfires and COVID-19 have underscored the growing complexity of California’s disaster landscape. 

While addressing these issues remains a top priority in Sacramento, according to a new report from the California Council on Science & Technology, our capacity for doing so is limited by a concerning inability to accurately account for the full costs associated with the damage. The council’s report finds that our standard means of calculating wildfire costs do not provide sufficient data, leading to widespread unquantified losses such

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‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched a new campaign to catalyze research, innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia through new crowdsourcing initiatives that challenge local and international talents to identify ideas and solutions that advance the Kingdom’s national priorities and support Vision 2030. With the “KAUST Challenge,” the university is seeking to develop and support bold science, technology, and engineering initiatives that aim to transform the lives of Saudis and develop Saudi talents.

“We wish to draw on the participative power of crowdsourcing to solve problems faced in the Kingdom and the world with the KAUST Challenge,” said Najah Ashry, vice president for strategic national advancement at KAUST. “The speed, flexibility and scalability of crowdsourcing will bring us new science-based ideas and solutions that can be further developed through deep collaboration with players in the Kingdom’s research-development-innovation ecosystem.”

The focus of the inaugural

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Education Notebook: Science fairs awarded $30K grant from AEP Foundation | Local News

The regional fair partnered with Appalachian Power Co. in 2019, which provided the ability to send a third regional project to the international fair.

“In looking for a little bit more of a long-term partner, they suggested that we work together to put in a grant application with the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Levy, who credits the Appalachian Power with making the connection.

“This is really going to help secure that in the future, for us to continue to send three projects to that international fair locally, and it’s also going to help support students going to international fair from the state fair as well,” he said.

Expenses sometimes limit the state fair from sending a full slate of five projects, Levy said, so “the donation from the AEP Foundation helps ensure that we can send a full group.”

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its operating

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Rider Receives $4M To fund Expansion Of Science and Tech Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Rider University received $4 million in leadership gift from alumnus Mike Hennessy, to expand the science and technology center. The announcement was made on Monday, when the university broke ground on a new wing at the science center.

The gift is the largest ever received at Rider for the sciences.

“This is such an impactful gift for Rider as it will provide for the continued growth of our programs in the sciences,” says Kelly Bidle, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“This project underscores Rider’s commitment to providing students with the resources and training needed to pursue careers in high-demand fields. We are deeply grateful that it has gotten support at this level,” Bidle said.

The University plans to name the building the Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center. The construction is scheduled to be completed January 2022.

Hennessy met his wife,

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SpaceX CRS-21 to Launch Multiple Life Science Investigations to International Space Station Under National Lab Sponsorship

SpaceX CRS-21 to Launch Multiple Life Science Investigations to International Space Station Under National Lab Sponsorship

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From: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

SpaceX is slated to launch its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS) mission, contracted through NASA, to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than December 5 at 11:39 a.m. EST. This is the first-time SpaceX will leverage an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo spacecraft to launch critical research and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. This launch comes on the heels of the successful launch and docking of SpaceX Crew-1, which delivered four astronauts and research to the space station for a six-month science mission. Over the coming months, the Crew-1 astronauts, along with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, will work on many of the research investigations launching on SpaceX CRS-21 as part of Expedition 64.

Several investigations

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As Joe Biden faces a China emboldened in its race to tech supremacy, what policies will he pursue?

illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

In January, the incoming US president Joe Biden and his administration will inherit a list of White House policies that they will have to untangle – perhaps even toss out – to develop a cohesive plan to meet the challenges of a more assertive China.

Chief among them is an emboldened China that has its sights set on attaining supremacy in future technologies. Four years of the Trump administration has taught Beijing the importance of self-reliance, as Huawei Technologies was cut off from its American supplier, and Chinese telecommunications companies were barred from the US market.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: When US president-elect Joe Biden takes office, one analyst says that where China is concerned,

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When US president-elect Joe Biden takes office, one analyst says that where China is concerned,

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Under President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department has restricted Chinese investments

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