Roundup 10/15: Voracious Appetites Edition

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced two new agricultural policy grants; the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa gets $15 million to aid African nations in developing policies to boost yield and sustainability. Michigan State University and the New Partnership for Africa's Development receive $10.4 million to help develop regulatory frameworks for biotechnology.

The United States has officially proposed to list six threatened shark species—oceanic whitetip, dusky, sandbar and great, scalloped and smooth hammerheads—under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed its version of the $33.5 billion fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, sending the bill to the president's desk.

The Government Accountability Office has criticized NASA on its computer security.

A new Web site aims to connect Chinese scientists with one another and their colleagues back home.