Science  05 Sep 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5894, pp. 1281

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  1. Japanese Budget Rollout

    TOKYO—Japan's education ministry last week optimistically called for boosting fiscal 2009 science spending a hefty 13.4% year-on-year to $24.1 billion. The ministry wants to add $20 million, a 12.4% increase, for academic research grants and 11% more—for a total of $1.2 billion—to advance big science projects, including $41 million for Japan's contribution to the international Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. Applied research fared even better. The ministry wants to increase one such grant category, for example, by 42%, to $4.5 million. The proposed budget faces scrutiny from the budget-minded finance ministry. “Negotiations will be tough, but we'll do our best,” says Shinichiro Izumi of the education ministry. The budget, which takes effect in April, will be finalized by January.

  2. Taleyarkhan Weighs Suit

    Rusi Taleyarkhan, the Purdue University nuclear engineer deemed guilty of research misconduct, isn't going quietly. Last week, Purdue stripped him of his named professorship. Now, Taleyarkhan and his attorney are considering filing a grievance with Purdue, a lawsuit against the school, or both. “The process and the manner in which Purdue has carried itself … is testimony for the need to resort to the court system,” Taleyarkhan wrote in an e-mail to Science. In 2002, Taleyarkhan and colleagues reported that a tabletop device generated nuclear fusion inside collapsing bubbles. But in July, an investigation organized by Purdue concluded that later reports aimed at replicating the work involved research misconduct. Taleyarkhan's attorney says the scientist will continue to investigate bubble fusion.

  3. Your Local Library

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen nine screening centers in the second phase of its Molecular Libraries program (Science, 8 August, p. 764). NIH wants to test biological assays submitted by researchers against 300,000 chemicals in hopes of finding research probes and drug leads. Four major centers will receive a total of $208 million over 4 years—the Burnham Institute for Medical Research and The Scripps Research Institute, both in San Diego, California; NIH's intramural center in Rockville, Maryland; and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. NIH will also support five smaller centers.