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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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A New Space Prize Sign of the Times?
2 February 2009 3:39 pm
The Heinlein Prize Trust is offering a new $25,000 prize for scientists to design microgravity experiments to fly into space in the next 2 years. SpaceX, an innovative commercial space company in Hawthorne, California, last week also announced it will donate experimental payload space on its Dragon spacecraft (below) on an upcoming flight.
The Obama Administration may well expand the use of prizes even further. During the presidential campaign, scientists allied with the Obama camp criticized a proposal by Senator John McCain for a $300 million government-sponsored prize for the successful builder of an ultraefficient car battery.
But a key member of Obama's fledgling White House science staff, Tom Kalil, has endorsed use of government research prizes, and the new head of the budget office, Peter Orzag, backed their use, where appropriate, in a 2006 paper he co-wrote on inspiring innovation.