The Lemelson-MIT Prize is as much about making an impact as it is about invention. The latest winner not only made some mind-boggling imaging devices, he’s also helping other inventors make a difference.
Elon Musk notably sounded the alarm about AI being potentially catastrophic. As concern grows, Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna’s funding initiative is fully on board with a $5.5 million grant.
RCSA pulls together groups of early career scientists to put their heads together around important topics, then cuts checks for the multidisciplinary, potentially groundbreaking projects that emerge.
Simons’ Math+X investigator program is all about collaboration between high-level mathematics and other fields. The 2016 awardee’s ideas have impacted photo sharing, spotting phony art, even fossil hunting.
The hunt for subatomic particles can require massive facilities. But $3 million in funding from two foundations will back a lab-sized, highly sensitive instrument to explore secrets of matter and antimatter.
Funders have been some of the biggest champions of making publication of research faster and more accessible. The latest push supports “preprinting” life sciences research ahead of journal publication.
When public funding cuts escalated in 2012, major foundations formed the Science Philanthropy Alliance to up their game. President Marc Kastner tells us what they’ve learned since about private funding’s role in research.
The Merage family has a bundle of foundations and philanthropic interests, including Jewish causes, arts, and education. But one of its members has homed in on storm tracking and the study of severe weather.
Sky-high subscription fees, inflated prestige, and cumbersome review are frequent complaints about research publications. Funders are bankrolling a competing, open access journal. How's that going?