Google is well known for its mission to organize the world’s information, as well as side projects like, say, funding private lunar missions. But its latest million-dollar competition and grantmaking program targets an obscure-but-crucial component in energy use. What are they up to?
The next breakthroughs in consumer electronics, biotechnology, and even sustainable energy often begin with new materials. The hunt for the compounds that will make the next solar panel or iPhone is advancing along with computing power, and one University at Buffalo alum wants to help his alma mater speed things up.
Midwestern billionaire David W. Grainger just made the second huge donation to an engineering school in recent years, committing $25 million to University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish an interdisciplinary research center. The latest gift follows a $100 million grant in 2013.