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  • Stimulus Smiles on Autism Research

    So far, the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have said they plan to spend the bulk of the stimulus money on already-reviewed research projects proposed by investigators. But today, NIH announced a different way to use a tiny portion of the $10 billion it got: It has set aside up to $60 million specifically for autism research to be spent as soon as possible. NIH will spend $118 million on autism in 2008, so it's a big increase.

  • Who Will Sit at NASA's Helm?

    President Barack Obama chatted today with the astronauts completing work on NASA's international space station, joking with the crew for nearly half an hour. But he gave no sign of his choice to head the space agency. Obama has promised more than once in recent weeks that he will soon name a NASA administrator, but, like several of the space agency's projects, the launch keeps slipping.

  • Singh Makes Science Election Issue in Reelection Bid

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the ruling Congress Party today made science an important element in his party’s election manifesto for the upcoming polls for the Indian Parliament that kick off on 16 April 2009.

    In its 33-page manifesto, the oldest political party in India says, "We will carry out a massive renewal of our extensive science and technology infrastructure." It also states:

  • Bush Plan B Decision Slammed as Unscientific

    A federal court today chided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for putting politics before science in assessing Plan B, the emergency contraceptive. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the agency to allow sales of Plan B to 17-year-olds without a prescription, which its own scientists had supported but the agency had ruled against. 

  • Space Station Colbert?

    No joke, as the AP is reporting:

    NASA's online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.

    The name "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options in the space agency's effort to have the public help name the addition. The new room will be launched later this year.

  • No Red Lights for Indo-U.S. Nuclear Deal

    A nuclear deal signed between the United States and India last fall is on track to be implemented despite a leadership change in the United States and a possible change in government on the horizon in India. That was the message from James Steinberg, the United States's new deputy secretary of state, and Shyam Saran, the Indian Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Nuclear Issues and Climate Change, at an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., today.

  • DOE Allocates $1.2 Billion in Stimulus Funding to Labs and Universities

    It's time to call in the bulldozers at many of the Department of Energy's national laboratories. Officials at the 10 laboratories have been waiting, wish lists in hand, to hear how much of the stimulus package they might get to spend. Today, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu laid out a plan for how to spend $1.2 billion of the $1.6 billion that the $787 billion stimulus bill provides DOE's Office of Science.

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