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Posted byon January 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM EDT
As more than 30 heads of space agencies from around the world prepare to gather in Washington January 9-10 for an unprecedented summit on the future of space exploration, we are pleased to announce that the Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2024.
Posted byon January 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM EDT
With a $32 million grant from NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is bringing a modern wireless communications system to a region that has been all too frequently bypassed by amenities that most Americans take for granted.
Posted byon January 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM EDT
In concert with CES, and building on the moment from December’s Computer Science Education Week, We the Geeks: Future of Computing, will explore what possibilities the future of computing may bring – from wearables to Holodecks – and what’s needed to get there.
Posted byon December 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM EDT
Posted byon December 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM EDT
OSTP Director John Holdren joined officials at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) yesterday to mark the opening of the renovated MASK Basin facility, among the most advanced in the world. The 360-foot by 240-foot pool, featuring depths of up to 35 feet, will be used to evaluate the maneuverability and stability of precisely engineered scale models up to 30 feet in length.
Posted byon December 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM EDT
Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter report to the President about opportunities for education technologies to improve educational outcomes and lower costs in higher education. The report, which builds on insights from PCAST members and additional outside experts, underscores the promise of new high-tech educational tools and advocates for continued experimentation in the education technology domain.
NIH Announces $40M in Research Funding Opportunities to Advance the Administration's BRAIN InitiativePosted byon December 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT
Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is releasing solicitations that will provide $40 million in research funding to advance the Administration’s BRAIN Initiative, which President Obama unveiled on April 2, 2013, and which seeks to give “scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.”
Posted byon December 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM EDT
Computers and computer science are becoming ever more important to the future careers of today’s students. That’s one reason OSTP is interested in exploring the use of “games for impact” to address important societal challenges and opportunities—including in the realm of education. Games for impact are designed to be at once entertaining and engaging, and also something more: educational, enlightening, and perhaps even designed to motivate action.
Posted byon December 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT
Today, with the support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the nation’s largest wireless carriers announced they will abide by a new series of voluntary “unlocking principles” to help bring some relief to consumers in the next few months.
Posted byon December 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM EDT
Finding ways to use wireless spectrum more efficiently is a critical part of President Obama’s ambitious strategy for expanding the availability of spectrum for innovative and flexible commercial uses, including for broadband services, to drive innovation, expand consumer services, and create jobs. It is absolutely essential to continue enhancing collaboration and information sharing between Federal agencies and private-sector wireless technology companies.