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STAR METRICS Promises to Measure Federal Science Investments

A new initiative promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, the generation of knowledge, and health outcomes, to a degree not previously possible. The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, or STAR METRICS, is a multi-agency venture that will be lead by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Together, NSF and NIH have committed $1 million for the program's first year. The first phase of the two-phase program will use university administrative records to calculate the employment impact of federal science spending through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and agencies' existing budgets.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , NSF , NIH , Recovery and Reinvestment Act , Scott Carr

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:50pm EDT

Computing Power Addresses Nuclear Energy Concerns

Scientists at the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab are bringing together decades of nuclear energy and safety expertise with high-performance computing to effectively address a range of nuclear energy - and security-related - challenges. One of the goals of the Lab's Nuclear Science and Technology Division is to bring together what we know about nuclear energy, nuclear national security modeling, and simulation capabilities with high-performance computing. That will solve problems that were previously unthinkable, or impractical, in terms of the computing power required to address them. One example is using computational methods and software to simulate radiation, in order to support the design and safety of nuclear facilities.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , nuclear , Energy , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 07:57pm EDT

Science and National Security: the Cold War Arms Race

Author David Hoffman discusses his book on the Cold War and lessons learned from it with Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction CEO, Randall Larsen.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Institute for Homeland Security , David Hoffman , Cold War

Monday - 05/24/2010, 09:45am EDT
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Science and National Security: Nuclear Tipping Point

Nuclear Tipping Point was produced by the Nuclear Security Project to raise awareness about nuclear threats and to help build support for the urgent actions needed to reduce nuclear dangers. Joan Rohlfing, the President of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Institute for Homeland Security , Joan Rohlfing , Nuclear Threat Initiative

Monday - 05/17/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Science and National Security: EMP basics

While an EMP doesn't last very long, the effects do. Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction CEO Randall Larsen talks with Dr. Peter Zimmerman, former chief scientist at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about electromagnetic pulse.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Institute for Homeland Security , EMP , Peter Zimmerman , Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Monday - 05/10/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Science and National Security: How to be understood

Scientists as communicators isn't as far fetched as it may sound. Dr Randy Olson explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Institute for Homeland Security , Randy Olson

Monday - 05/03/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Science and National Security: Cleaning up after a biological attack

The process of environmental decontamination is a key step in a successful response to a large-scale attack involving a biological agent. Randall Larsen, Director, Homeland Policy Institute, explains.

Tags: Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Institute for Homeland Security , bioattack , Crystal Franco , Nidhi Bouri , Center for Biosecurity UPMC

Monday - 04/26/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Science and National Security: improvised nuclear devices

Randy Larsen brings us up to speed on improvised nuclear devices with Dr. Peter Zimmerman, former chief scientist at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Tags: Science and National Security , Randall Larsen , Peter Zimmerman , Institute for Homeland Security

Monday - 04/19/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Element 117 Discovery

Culminating a decade-long journey to expand the periodic table, an international team of scientists from Russia and the U.S. - including two Department of Energy national labs and two universities - has discovered the newest superheavy element; element 117.

The experiment produced six atoms of the element. Element 117 was the only missing element in row seven of the periodic table.

Physicists say the discovery of new elements expand our understanding of the universe and provide important tests of nuclear theories. Lawrence Livermore National Lab director George Miller calls it a significant breakthrough for science that will provide new insight into the makeup of the universe. He calls it a "testimony to the strength of science and technology at the partner institutions.

Since 1940, 26 new elements beyond uranium have been added to the periodic table.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Department of Energy , Lawrence Livermore , George Miller ,

Monday - 04/12/2010, 05:41pm EDT

2 area students become Intel talent finalists

Yifan Li and Temple Anne Douglas don't know each other, but the area seniors both have a love of science and are competing for one of the nation's top prizes.

Tags: Intel Science Talent Search , Kate Ryan , Yifan Li , Temple Anne Douglas , Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Techn , Montgomery Blair High School ,

Thursday - 01/28/2010, 06:47am EST
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