Latest National Research Council Stories

2013-02-07 23:02:13

Funding from the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program Ottawa Canada (PRWEB) February 07, 2013 Northforge Innovations, a provider of expert software consulting and development services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded funding by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to develop a Software as a Service (SaaS) product through cloud enablement of a proprietary framework. “We are pleased to...

How Solar Activity Affects Our Planet
2013-01-10 11:02:17

NASA Science In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle. There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate. A new report issued by the National...

Report Gives Suggestions To Enhance NASA's Future
2012-12-06 05:59:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report by the National Research Council (NRC) claims that NASA cannot be expected to work toward achieving long-term priorities without a national consensus on strategic goals and objectives. The report also says there is a mismatch between the portfolio of programs and activities assigned to the space agency, and the budget allocated by Congress. NASA is also being inhibited from efficiently managing its personnel and...

A Nation Advancing: Focusing On Measuring Continuing Progress
2012-11-16 16:36:52

National Science Foundation NSF-funded report by National Research Council shifts focus from high-stakes assessments to measuring continuing progress Today the National Research Council (NRC) released a report, "Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education." The report builds on previous work in this area, and establishes key indicators for measuring improvements to the K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education system. The report recognizes...

As Aging Population Increases, Policy Changes Needed
2012-09-26 07:05:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A study from the National Academies recently revealed that major policy changes are needed to deal with the aging population in the United States and the long-term impact that they will have on the economy. Researchers noted that the economic consequences of the growing aging population will affect younger generations as well as the various federal programs that provide aid to the elderly. They believe that the increasing...

Animal Testing Center Project Should Be Scaled Back
2012-07-14 04:55:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Plans for a billion-dollar facility to study potentially fatal animal diseases should be scaled back, officials from the National Research Council (NRC) said in a government-commissioned report released on Friday. The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NABF), which would be built in Manhattan, Kansas, has some experts concerned that diseases being studied at the center could escape the center and cause immense agricultural...

2012-07-10 13:50:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is facing increasing pressure from his country´s scientific community over what the protesters describe as anti-scientific and anti-environmental government policies. As part of the growing protest movement, Canadian scientists plan to march through the capital city of Ottawa to voice their opposition to what they call a "Death of evidence" being brought about by federal cuts to programs that...

California, Oregon, Washington Sea Levels Expected To Rise
2012-06-25 04:41:09

The sea level of the US West Coast is expected to increase 60 centimeters from Washington to northern California, while waters surrounding the southern half of that state could rise a meter in less than two decades time, claims a National Research Council (NRC) report published Friday. The study, which was sponsored by Washington, Oregon, and California, was requested in response to the climate change-caused increase in global sea level during the 20th century, the NRC said in a June 22...

National Research Council Punts On Fracking-related Earthquakes
2012-06-18 13:44:12

DM Crumbliss The National Research Council folded to pressure from the fossil fuel industry and pro-fracking Congress members last week by releasing a “more study needed” report on fracking and earthquakes. The report was requested by members of Congress. The stakes are simply high enough that the council is unwilling to strongly state the obvious. The report says, “Keep fracking, these earthquakes are no big deal.” Earthquake activity has jumped significantly in...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.