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After 50% cut in federal funding, what’s next for Navy Yard building-tech research? business

Apr. 8, 2014 8:30 am

After 50% cut in federal funding, what’s next for Navy Yard building-tech research?

The Penn State-led initiative, which recently changed its name from the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub to the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), received approximately $10 million in funding for 2014, said CBEI deputy director Laurie Actman. Since 2011, CBEI has received about $25 million each year in federal funding to conduct research on how to make buildings more energy efficient, Actman said.
Chaka Fattah is the only U.S. congressman with Google Glass [Q&A] civic

Mar. 13, 2014 12:30 pm

Chaka Fattah is the only U.S. congressman with Google Glass [Q&A]

The Overbrook High School graduate is also the lead Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. We caught up with him to hear about what he calls "the most important mystery on Earth."
Primary Colors: this map shows country’s ‘worst Democrats’ civic

Mar. 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Primary Colors: this map shows country’s ‘worst Democrats’

Three U.S. representatives that rep parts of Philly -- Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz -- should be more progressive, according to a new tool from a Philly/Brooklyn team.
Nutter to end cooperation between city cops, ICE, but what about data? civic

Feb. 24, 2014 12:30 pm

Nutter to end cooperation between city cops, ICE, but what about data?

Under the new policy, ICE would only be allowed to ask police to hold those charged with first- or second-degree felonies involving violence. But the updated policy would still allow ICE nearly full access to the city's real-time arrest database, according to sources familiar with the proposed executive order.
The Day We Fight Back: How DuckDuckGo protested federal surveillance civic

Feb. 13, 2014 10:30 am

The Day We Fight Back: How DuckDuckGo protested federal surveillance

DuckDuckGo, the Paoli-based search engine that vows not to track you, was one of more than 6,000 websites that signed up for the protest, along with sites like Tumblr, Imgur and Reddit.
This hackathon app would calculate utility costs for homebuyers dev

Feb. 12, 2014 10:30 am

This hackathon app would calculate utility costs for homebuyers

Hosted by Audubon-based power grid operator PJM Interconnection and the U.S. Department of Energy, the goal of the hackathon was to build an app based on energy data.
U.S. gov is biggest supporter of Science Center’s tech transfer funding program business

Dec. 17, 2013 8:30 am

U.S. gov is biggest supporter of Science Center’s tech transfer funding program

QED, also backed by city, state and private sector funds, has awarded $3.6 million in grants to researchers (this number includes the universities' matching award, since every university that receives a QED grant must match it).
Science Center should be able to apply for federal research grants: Steve Tang civic

Nov. 12, 2013 8:30 am

Science Center should be able to apply for federal research grants: Steve Tang

The University City Science Center can't apply for most types of federal research grants because it's not an academic institution. That needs to change, Science Center president Steve Tang told the U.S. Senate.
Government isn’t always the answer: Philly tech talks to the feds civic

Sep. 27, 2013 8:30 am

Government isn’t always the answer: Philly tech talks to the feds

"So often, you hear that government should do this or government should do that," said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, head of the Office of Advocacy, which led the effort on the event. But here, Sargeant said, "the entrepreneur seeks to lead."