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First Spending Bill Giveth—And Taketh Away

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Science  25 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6059, pp. 1041
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6059.1041

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Last week was a sobering reminder, if one was needed, of why U.S. science policy is so complicated. Some parts of the scientific community received good news from Congress about the budgets of a few research agencies for the current fiscal year. The bulk of federally funded researchers heard nothing about their prospects. And the president's science adviser got hit with a fiscal two-by-four.