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 …

Mars Exploration: A Future Home for Humans?

Since mankind began exploring space, one the main thoughts that stem from space exploration is our ability to colonize other worlds. To expand mankind's reach to planets, not of our own, with the hopes of calling space our home. One planet that shows tremendous promise is the planet Mars. Comparatively, Mars is 15% smaller than …

This Week in Science Policy: April 4.2 Edition

NIH Scientists Develop Macaque Model to Study Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever National Institutes of Health This week, scientists from the National Institutes of Health have found a viable model system to study the deadly hemorrhagic fever, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), where 1 in 3 people perish from the disease. Researchers were able to successfully to transplant …

This Week in Science Policy: April 4.1 Edition

European Space Agency: Antarctica Loses Grip According to the European Space Agency (ESA), Antarctica's underwater land mass has decreased by 1,463 km, roughly the size of Greater London. The ice mass loss has been measured by the ESA's CubeSAT, an orbital satellite that measures that ice sheet elevation. What's disconcerting about this ice loss is that …

A Moon Colony: The Space Journey Continues

Since the days of the Apollo Mission, mankind has rarely traveled beyond low Earth orbit. This stagnation has led to lost opportunities to explore our Moon, and more importantly, a gateway to other worlds within the Solar System. However, that may change in the coming years with the NASA mission to build a Deep Space …

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 …