Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Obama calls for more S&T spending

THe President called for spending 3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on government-run science and technology programs. Details included - a new President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, or ARPA-E, a tripling of the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships" and help for clean energy research and science and math education.
Mentioned only in passing was NASA - no mention of the agency's missing Administrator or its chronic underfunding (and whether you like NASA or not, there's no doubt it is saddled with more missions and deadlines than its budget will allow, and no relief is in sight.

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