The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has drafted new restrictions on research collaborations between the scientists it funds and certain foreign governments suspected of trying to steal sensitive technologies. DOE officials are still debating the scope of the new rules, which cover researchers at DOE's 17 national laboratories, as well as grantees. But some scientists are worried that DOE officials are overreacting to growing concerns about scientific espionage and the theft of intellectual property. The new policies would prohibit DOE-funded researchers working in certain "emerging research areas and technologies" from collaborating with colleagues from a yet-to-be-released list of "sensitive" countries. DOE-funded scientists in those fields will not be allowed to visit those countries, nor participate in so-called foreign talent recruitment programs, which typically involve U.S. scientists spending at least some time abroad.
Weeks after cancelling two generations of Atom mobile chips, Intel is paving the way for future low-power mobile technologies with a new research collaboration with a French atomic energy lab. Fundamental research leading towards faster wireless networks, secure low-power technologies for the Internet of Things, and even 3D displays will be the focus of Intel's collaboration with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). Intel and the CEA already work together in the field of high-performance computing, and a new agreement signed Thursday will see Intel fund work at the CEA's Laboratory for Electronics and Information Technology (LETI) over the next five years, according to Rajeeb Hazra, vice-president of Intel's data center group. The CEA was founded in 1945 to develop civil and military uses of nuclear power. Its work with Intel began soon after it ceased its atmospheric and underground nuclear weapons test programs, as it turned to computer modeling to continue its weapons research, CEA managing director Daniel Verwaerde said Thursday.
The Ann Arbor school says the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and education made by researchers. Officials say Michigan, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizman Institute of Science have teamed up on about 50 projects since 2011.
Many companies have proprietary resources and/or data that are indispensable for research, and academics provide the creative fuel for much early-stage research that leads to industrial innovation. It is essential to the health of the research enterprise that collaborations between industrial and university researchers flourish. This system of collaboration is under strain. Financial motivations driving product development have led to concerns that industry-sponsored research comes at the expense of transparency (1). Yet many industry researchers distrust quality control in academia (2) and question whether academics value reproducibility as much as rapid publication.