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U.S. Astronomers Unveil Stripped-Down ‘Short List’

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Science  20 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5994, pp. 894-895
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5994.894

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The sixth decadal survey of funding priorities in astronomy and astrophysics was released last week by the National Research Council. Unlike previous decadal surveys, which often produced unrealistically long "wish lists" of priorities, the new report claims to have made some hard choices that hew to the realities of a tough budgetary climate. And for the first time, the survey had estimates of project costs vetted independently, which the panelists say makes those figures more realistic than in the past.