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.
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.
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?
An international funder based in Greece just made an unlikely $4 million theoretical physics grant, backing one of the country’s emerging stars, while planting seeds for its future scientists.
How our planet became mostly covered in water is an ongoing debate, with competing theories about how and at what point it accumulated. The Keck Foundation is funding a push for better answers.
It's starting to feel like there's a new high-dollar competition launched every week, and the explosion has inspired a fair amount of backlash. Have we hit peak prize? What's so bad, or good, about a little competition?
Uber is in a race against Google to create market-ready, self-driving cars, cutting checks and creating a contentious academic partnership along the way. Will it mean a windfall or a buyout for research schools?