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Research the primary cause of degenerative diseases: aging / biological senescence

At present a sum of 457.2 billion dollars is devoted to U.S. health care. Much of that money is devoted to researching late-stage progressive diseases associated with biological senescence that comes with increases in chronological age. A small fraction of that money, say one million dollars over ten years, could be redirected to biotechnology / information technology companies advancing legitimate science and technology ...more »

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Create a national repository for research data

The Federal Government should set up a repository for data collected as part of all publically-funded research. Such a repository would enable the reuse of existing data for new experimental purposes; promote the comparison of different analysis methods on the same data set; promote the verification of results presented by the initial data collector; and provide an archive of collected data. Initially, committees would ...more »

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Freedom to Understand

The freedom to support the reverse engineering of technology for educational research must be upheld. It is imperative if we are to create a safe and reliable future that our brightest minds can explore and understand complex systems without placing themselves into legal jeopardy. Today the DMCA and the chip copyright act of 1984 both provide provisions to protect researchers. Unfortunately these exceptions are insufficient. ...more »

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Open Internet Television with Open Video Markup Language

Fund the emergence of independent nonprofit standards bodies that can each propose an open video markup language(OVML) which will allow people to watch video through the web. Require all video produced using public funds (NPR, etc.) to use one of these OVMLs on all the video they put on the web. This will massively accelerate the emergence of Open Internet Television, break the cable and Studio monopolies into pluralistic ...more »

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Provide ongoing education for teachers

In order to create a steady stream of creative, innovative young minds to feed the perpetual advance of technology, few bottlenecks offer more leverage than that of the teachers at the K-8 levels. The government is in a unique position to broker and help finance partnerships between elementary/middle school teachers, universities, and private IT companies to help keep teachers up to date with the leading edge of technololgy. ...more »

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Invest in Green Chemistry

I suggest you substantially increase the US Government's investment in Green Chemistry, in much the way USG has made a targeted investment in nanomaterials. The existing portfolio of toxic chemicals in the US marketplace creates an enormous economic drag in the form of adverse health effects on workers and consumers, wasted energy and raw materials, and Superfund sites and other economic dead zones. Greater investment ...more »

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Examples of Basic and Applied Science Topics; Points of Intersection

Where do Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Information Technology intersect? Investing in basic and applied sciences to fill future Science and Technology gaps DNA-based computing Though usually viewed as “the building blocks of life,” nucleic acids and proteins have a large potential to form the basis of future computers. At their core they represent nano-technology as they generally can be measured on the size ...more »

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Government must do what business can not do for itself

Government must educate and regulate and insure business is fair. It would be nice if the gov could start by leveling the field when it comes to government bid jobs by eliminate the continued problem or practice of creating a rejection criteria. When a product is offered as "an equal for intended use" different or any product that saves money should be considered; based on the merit of the offering. Often the company ...more »

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Encourage universities to start offering entreprenure-track positions

Many technological breakthroughs happen at universities. And, for these technologies to make it to the commercialization stage, they really need the technical support from the original inventor (i.e the faculty member.) However, as a faculty member at a research university, your priority is basic research, publications, and teaching -- not patents and start-ups. And because of the time commitments of the former, inventors ...more »

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Virtual Reality / Internet Crowdsourcing for Participatory Experimentation / Invention in Science and Technology.

Information, data, the latest experiments/research should not be secretly restricted to industry or academics/universities. There should be an open-source attitude to emerging technology and science thereby allowing members of the public to remotely (virtually) participate. There is a great untapped resource in the millions of minds within our civilization. For one reason or another not everyone has been university educated ...more »

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Clean Energy Development Fee

Based on an average 12,000 mi. per year @ $3 per gallon 35 miles per gallon or 343 gallons per vehicle as the break even point. A car getting 30 mph estimate over 12,000 miles uses 400 gallons and at the time of sale would pay a 57 gallon Energy Development Fee of 57 gallons X $3 per gallon $171 each year for driving a car getting less than the federal guidelines for fuel consumption.. This fee would go to a dedicated ...more »

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Fundamental research

The private sector is driven by commercialization of near-term technology development, and understandably reserves research resources for applied research. The government is the only source of support for fundamental research, the research that lays the foundation for future discovery and unforseen innovations. Government research is becoming too enthralled with applied (buzz word "transformational") research, and needs ...more »

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An Open Source Quantal Universal Exchange Language

An open source Quantal Universal Exchange Language providing an XML-like metadata language as proposed by PCAST in December 2010. This language is a combination of the triplets proposed by the WC3 as implemented in RDF and a probabilistic semantics, as well as a quantum mechanics notation and a secure aggregation model. See more information about QuantalUEL at http://quantalsemantics.com.

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Wireless Spectrum treated as currency

In much the same way there are trade imbalances between currencies of different countries have impacts on international trade and trade policy, the use of a given Nation's wireless spectrum should also be viewed as a currency--though a currency for "internal use only" (ie spectrum, and the economic value it creates, is to some extent tied to the geography in which its used) Evaluating the "internal use" of US "spectrum ...more »

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biotech companies

biotech companies have not provided sufficient proof of the safety of their products. They must be required to fund independent research and to make publich all results. Until this proof is provided, they should not be allowed to market these products. Sufficient protection for organic farmers is required, and the safety of agricultural chemicals (such as roundup) has to be documented. Lobbyists or former employees ...more »

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Shared IP resource grant and tax incentive

There are currently established programs sponsored by the goverment relating to new technology development through universities, Many of the companies developing these technologies, or intrested in ultizing the outcomess, do not have the resources nessary to invest in the capital required for the initial research or prototype development. Pooling such reasources and grant through the established university programs ...more »

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