Space Force: A New Branch of the U.S. Military

On February 19th, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 4, (SPD-4), which directed the Department of Defense to create a sixth branch of the military under the Air Force. The purpose of this force would be to "...the United States Space Force would be authorized to organize, train, and equip military space forces of the …

Government Science Leaders: A look at the Scientific Advocates of 2019

Hey Folks! With a new year comes a fresh slate of leaders who represent the scientific interests of the country both in Congress and in the White House. With 2019 set to be an interesting year with topics on Climate Change, human health, and other topics, it is important to know who will be playing …

Government is reopen for Business: Impact on Science Agencies

Hey Folks, With the U.S. government shutdown now finished with a three-week stop-gap funding measure, science agencies can now bring their workforce back again. Experiments can continue, grants can be reviewed, and researchers can continue to propose new ideas to advance the scientific field. However, it is important to note that we are not out …

White House OSTP Nomination

On August 23, the Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Science Committee held a confirmation hearing to evaluate President Trump's White House Office of Science & Technology (OSTP) nominee Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as the next Director of the White House OSTP. While Dr. Droegemeier's nomination has been championed on both sides of the aisle, it is long …

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

When it comes to innovative federal research, you can look no further than the work conducted at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A federal agency that was first created after the launching of Sputnik have led to massive breakthroughs. Technologies that we used today, like the Internet, GPS, and automated voice recognition, were …

Gene Sequencing

The field of Molecular Biology has made major bounds and leaps in the quest to understand the code of life. After James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA, the next task was to determine what was the precise order for the genetic code in living cells. Not only would this unlock the …

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: The Quest for Finding Life Among the Stars

One of the greatest questions in science is this simple notion..are we alone in the universe? For billions of years, Earth has been blessed with the ability to host life and allow the human race to prosper. Now that mankind has explored space, one has to wonder if there are signs of life outside the …