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  • A $3 Billion Bonanza for NSF?

    Officials at the National Science Foundation are still pinching themselves over the agency's high profile in the $825 billion package of proposed tax cuts and new spending that Democrats introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. The basic research agency is slated to get a $3 billion temporary bump up--half its current $6 billion budget--to spend in the next 20 months on research, training, instrumentation, and infrastructure projects.

  • House Cash Would Bring NASA Down to Earth

    Space program critics often complain that spending money on space doesn't benefit people stuck within the confines of this planet. But in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congress is not buying that logic. As part of the stimulus package, a House of Representatives panel proposed yesterday to give a $250 million boost to the space agency's efforts to understand changes in the planet's climate.

  • New Wings for NASA?

    The appointment of a new NASA administrator typically comes months after the 20 January swearing-in of a new president. But Washington insiders say that President-elect Barack Obama may name his choice for the space chief before he takes the oath of office on Tuesday. The current leading candidate, retired Air Force Major General Jonathan Scott Gration, is an unknown in the space community.

  • Obama's Pick for EPA Pledges to Rely on Science

    "Science, science, science, and the rule of law," demanded Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at the confirmation hearing today for Lisa Jackson, the presumptive head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, got what she wanted: a firm statement by Jackson that she will use science to guide her decisions on environmental policy and regulation.

    Jackson's response after the jump.

  • French CJD Trial Ends With Acquittals--More to Follow

    Wire services are carrying the news of the end of France's trial of six people accused of distributing contaminated human growth hormone, a nearly 2-decade-old case that saw science play a central role and scientists called as expert witnesses. Science will bring you more details soon. Here's the Reuters lead:

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