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U.K. Physicists Cry Foul At Major Budget Cuts

Science  01 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5961, pp. 22-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5961.22-a

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It's not been a festive time for many U.K. physicists following the mid-December announcement of a 5-year funding plan for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the British body responsible for particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics, and space science. Administrative changes and the ravages of the economy have left the council with a gaping hole in its finances, so researchers braced for cuts and even offered advice on how to make them. Although the STFC tried to spread the losses fairly, nuclear physics was pared to the bone, with just £30 million for the next 5 years, amounting to a cut of 29% over that period.