Recent Articles


Space Exploration Reaches New Milestones - for Technology and Jobs

Despite the uncertain future of human space exploration by Americans, significant milestones have recently been reached that bode well for space exploration and the knowledge and technological innovation that stem from it. Those milestones offer significant lessons for science advancement already, but they are also good news for the future of American job growth, which has for decades been closely linked to America's scientific and technological preeminence.




Cottrell Scholar and colleagues speed chemical-reaction tests

David MacMillan, a 2001 Cottrell Scholar, is among researchers reporting in the journal Science this month on a technique to accomplish "accelerated serendipity" by using robotics to perform more than 1,000 chemical reactions a day with molecules never before combined. In a single day of trials, MacMillan and his fellow Princeton researchers discovered a shortcut for producing pharmaceutical-like compounds that shaves weeks off the traditional process, the researchers report.




Solyndra: Will We Learn From Science?

The recent bankruptcy of Solyndra, the solar panel maker that received $535 million in federally guaranteed loans, is making headlines and spawning investigations. But the key question that is being missed -- and that should be asked now -- is: Will the federal government approach this failure as politicians or as scientists?





Research Corporation supported the early work of Robert Goddard in his quest to invent rocketry. (See Interactive Timeline, 1923)




RCSA Announces Second-Round Scialog Fellows

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has announced its latest Scialog Fellows: recipients of grants awarded through Scialog®, a major new research initiative. This multi-year grant program accelerates the work of 21st-century science by funding early career scientists (either individuals or multi-disciplinary teams) to pursue transformative research, in dialog with their fellow grantees, on crucial issues of scientific inquiry.




Spring 2011 Cottrell College Science Awards

Research Corporation for Science Advancement's Spring 2011 Cottrell College Science Awards total $1.8 million. The 48 grants go to early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in the United States. These awards support significant research contributing to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty, and their students, at liberal arts colleges and PUIs.




Crimson Coverage

Harvard Crimson writer Caroline Davis discusses Success with Science. The book, written by Harvard students and published in 2011 by Research Corporation for Science Advancement, is aimed at inspiring high school students to pursue science careers.