A $40 million observatory grant will advance the global hunt for knowledge of the universe’s origins. It also demonstrates a philanthropist’s power to orchestrate various institutions and spark much bigger funding.
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?