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2011-11-11 01:43:28

The magnitude and depth of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will require an unprecedented effort to determine the extent and severity of ecological damage and to develop restoration plans for affected areas in the Gulf of Mexico, says an interim report by the National Research Council.  A broad approach that focuses on repairing ecosystem processes -- such as fisheries production -- in addition to replacing natural resources damaged by the spill could offer more options for restoring the...

2011-11-04 21:24:07

The federal government should embark on a coordinated, funded, and sustained effort to dispose of approximately 45,000 excess and underutilized facilities, says a new report from the National Research Council.  Approximately $1.6 billion is spent annually to operate and maintain federal facilities that are no longer needed to support federal agencies' missions.  The government should also redevelop its approaches for the maintenance and repair of facilities.  Despite the...

National Convocation Highlights Best Practices For Improving STEM Education
2011-09-27 04:09:42

Leaders and educators share effective approaches in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, with 31 interactive exhibits showing the latest innovations supporting science teaching and learning According to a recently released report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), the primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely derived from advances in science and engineering. An increasing number of jobs at all...

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2011-09-14 22:55:27

Sept. 19th event at Drexel University in Philadelphia brings together Congressman, government leaders and educators to share effective approaches in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, with more than 30 interactive exhibits showing the latest innovations supporting science teaching and learning According to a just-released report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), the primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely...

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2011-09-08 04:10:14

  NASA must maintain a strong, highly trained astronaut corps to reliably meet the crew requirements of the International Space Station (ISS) and to account for unexpected attrition or demands of other missions, said the National Research Council (NRC) in a report released on Wednesday. The report, entitled "Preparing for the High Frontier - the Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post-Space Shuttle Era”, urged the U.S. space agency to retain more astronauts on staff...

NASA Called Upon to Create Plan For Dealing With Space Junk
2011-09-02 04:18:43

  While NASA has "responsibly" used its resources in detecting meteoroids and orbital debris, the growing amount of space junk and the danger it poses to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) requires additional funding for the U.S. space agency's detection and monitoring efforts, the National Research Council says in a new report. According to an article by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, officials involved with the report, which was commissioned by NASA, claim that...

2011-08-31 09:09:46

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun issued the following statement about the National Research Council's (NRC) Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps: "NASA commends and thanks the NRC and its Committee members on their Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. It is a comprehensive interim report with important observations and analyses. A few of the report's broad observations are particularly noteworthy: -- Success in executing future NASA space...

2011-08-30 12:57:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun issued the following statement about the National Research Council's (NRC) Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "NASA commends and thanks the NRC and its Committee members on their Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. It is a comprehensive interim report with important observations and analyses. A...

2011-08-23 14:01:42

NASA officials will meet with aeronautics industry, academia, and government leaders Aug. 25 to kick off a series of roundtable discussions about future directions for aeronautics research and technology. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address the participants. The roundtable is sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. Its purpose is to facilitate candid dialogue among participants, to...

2011-08-12 00:00:03

The new K-12 science framework criticized for not expecting students to use analytical mathematics for studying science problems. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley company, says this hurts American competitiveness in science and technology, and calls for immediate revision. Silicon Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 10, 2011 The new Framework for K-12 Science Education published last month by the National Research Council has come in for criticism. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley company,...