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The Potential for Low-Cost and Open Source Hardware Solutions to Scale
Low-cost and open source tools can accelerate and democratize science, benefiting individual researchers, formal institutions and grassroots communities alike. Realizing the goals of low-cost and open source hardware requires attention to how these tools can scale.Read
Virtualized RAN, Cloud RAN, and Open RAN: Making Sense of the 5G RAN Alphabet Soup
Why has the radio access network (RAN) found itself at the forefront of conversations around U.S. national security, innovation, and competitiveness? In this 5G STIP video we walk you through three related but distinct transformations occurring in the RAN: Virtualized RAN, Cloud RAN, and Open RAN.Watch
Science Stack: Tools Within Reach
Low-cost and open source tools—the physical tools used to generate data and make new discoveries—are transforming science. Science Stack: Tools within Reach demonstrates the diversity of tools in regards to research topic, cost, openness, and beyond, while highlighting how these tools are changing science and benefitting society.Explore
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Communicating around COVID-19: A conversation with Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe on key takeaways from the pandemic thus far
We spoke with Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe, Professor and Director of the Health Communication Research Initiative and Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity at Cornell University, to begin to pinpoint some key takeaways around the messaging used by public health professionals during the pandemic, discuss strategies to encouraging those who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet to do so, and evaluate the public’s long-term trust in U.S. public health institutions.
THING Tank: Introducing Converging Communities
In the THING Tank Initiative, we’re working to understand how low-cost and open source hardware are helping change how science happens. Beyond understanding specific tools, we are interested in converging communities--understanding the relevant communities and paradigms these tools exist in and how they are furthering the conversation on open science in the US and around the world.
5G Beyond Borders
The Wilson Center’s 5G Beyond Borders project explores how the U.S., Canada, and Mexico can work together to maximize the benefits of 5G and related technology through informed policy solutions. The project offers an overview of the landscape of 5G technology around the globe, while also focusing on the impact of 5G on North American business, and smart manufacturing. Cross-border collaboration between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is essential to a secure transition. 5G Beyond Borders explores not only 5G security, but how North American cooperation can reduce risks, maximize economic gains, and ensure an efficient 5G rollout.
The Wilson Center's Technology Labs
The Wilson Center's Technology Labs provide the knowledge foundation for core science and technology policy topics through a six-week seminar themed series. Each seminar session is led by top technologists and scholars drawn from the private, public, and non-profit sectors. We cover two main topic areas: Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.
The Serious Games Initiative
The Serious Games Initiative communicates science and policy complexities through the world’s most dynamic medium: gaming.
From DIY microscopes made from paper and household items, to low cost and open microprocessors supporting research from cognitive neuroscience to oceanography, to low cost sensors measuring air quality in communities around the world, the things of science -- that is, the physical tools that generate data or contribute to scientific processes -- are changing the way that science happens.
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