The hunt for subatomic particles can require massive facilities. But $3 million in funding from two foundations will back a lab-sized, highly sensitive instrument to explore secrets of matter and antimatter.
An international funder based in Greece just made an unlikely $4 million theoretical physics grant, backing one of the country’s emerging stars, while planting seeds for its future scientists.
Cosmologists are calling it one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science—the detection of ripples in space-time that support our theory of how the universe began. The announcement is the culmination of a multi-university team effort, backed in part by some prominent foundations.
Tuxedo-clad celebrities joined tech superstars like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin in Silicon Vally Thursday to announce the latest round of Breakthrough Prizes for science research. And while the stars of the show this round were life science and physics researchers, the crew of wealthy donors behind the awards made news by announcing a new high-dollar prize in yet another field.
In the weeks leading up to philanthropist Fred Kavli’s passing, his foundation’s president Robert Conn said the 86-year-old Norwegian billionaire never wavered in his vision of supporting science research. “In phone conversations over the last 6 weeks, he told me several times—let’s keep going.” And while Kavli passed away in late November, his philanthropy will most certainly keep going.
Despite the current surge in neuroscience research and news coverage, and some tantalizing data points derived from improved brain scan technology, the cold hard truth is that we know very little about how the brain actually works. But we’re trying, and there’s a lot of funding flying about in this realm. Researchers are using all of the scientific disciplines at their disposal to try to cross the giant chasm between understanding the biological structures of brains and the functions of the mind. The Swartz Foundation exists solely to make that leap possible.
Scientists have a solid understanding of the route carbon takes through our atmosphere and Earth's crust, as well as its importance as a building block of life. But how much carbon exists in the Earth's interior? The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation hopes its support for a team at the University of California-Davis will help answer questions like this.
The Sloan Foundation has dedicated $1.5 million over two years for the project, which is led by chemistry professor Giulia Galli. The grant came as part of the Sloan Foundation's Deep Carbon Observatory, a program that supports basic scientific research aimed at expanding our understanding of carbon and the role it plays in the deep reaches of Earth.