Round Up 9/30: Vigilant Eye Edition

The National Academy of Science says Arecibo Observatory (left, credit NASA) could provide a "uniquely powerful" tool for finding incoming space rocks before they impact earth and destroy all life. The report could boost the troubled prospects of the telescope.

Two Senators have introduced the Senate version of the greenhouse gas limits legislation, pushing among other things for a 20% cut below U.S. 2005 levels instead of a 17% cut, what the House of Representatives proposed.

Per the Associated Press: "A neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain is dead of an apparent overdose and her live-in boyfriend, who did similar research, is facing drug charges, Baltimore police said Tuesday." The scientists were postdocs and the University of Maryland.

The fiscal year ends today, and details should be out tomorrow on so-called "continuing resolutions" that will continue government operations until congress can finalize spending bills. Also details should be available of the final versions of the energy and water spending bill, which lawmakers finalized in House-Senate conferences today; the agriculture bill may be completed too.

Join the debate on pesticides featuring a keynote address by Senator Mike Johanns (R–NE) at the American Enterprise Institute next Tuesday.