At a meeting last week, Anna Verghese, director of the Audacious Project, and Chris Anderson, head of the TED group, detailed the fundraising success so far for eight ambitious projects, several of them focused on science. DIAN LOFTON/TED (CC BY-NC-ND) The TED organization, whose slick online video presentations have helped […]

Brazil’s synchrotron light source, Sirius, is scheduled to launch later this year, but 80% of the funds it depends on have been frozen. SEBASTIAO MOREIRA/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTOCK SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—The latest federal budget news coming out of Brasília has Brazilian scientists fearing the worst. On 29 March, faced with a stagnant economy […]

Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention. United Soybean Board/flickr , CC BY In our fast-paced modern world there is an expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently. We are bombarded with headlines hyping new findings: Scientists “find cure for cancer which […]

ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES INSTEAD OF FIGURING out how many Pacific hake fishermen can catch sustainably, as his job demands, scientist Ian Taylor is at home with his four-month old daughter, biding his time through the partial government shutdown. Taylor’s task is to assess the size and age of hake and other commercially harvested […]

Kim Schrier, a pediatrician, played up her technical training in a winning congressional campaign. AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON The results of last week’s divisive midterm elections, with Democrats reclaiming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans likely strengthening their hold on the Senate, have allowed both parties to claim […]

Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commisison’s Special Envoy for Open Access, was a “catalyst” behind the new plan. LUIGI MISTRULLI/SIPA/AP IMAGES Frustrated with the slow transition towards open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure today. As of 2020, the group, which jointly […]