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Needed Antarctic Upgrades Would Trim Science Budget

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Science  27 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6093, pp. 397-398
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6093.397

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The aging scientific facilities in Antarctica are in dire need of repair and upgrades—and paying for that will require cuts to Antarctic research activities in the short-term, according to the recommendations published this week by a National Science Foundation–organized panel. Although painful, making those changes will ultimately pay off, by increasing the amount of science that can be supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program, the panel's report concludes. But Antarctic scientists, weary from years of tightened research budgets, are worried about just how short-term those cuts may be.