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Budget Malaise May Hit DOE's One Big Growth Area

Science  05 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6141, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6141.19

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The Office of Basic Energy Sciences has prospered through lean times at the Department of Energy, seeing its budget triple over the past 15 years. Last week, however, a spending panel of the U.S. House of Representatives signaled that such growth may be over. Legislators voted to clip the BES program's budget for next year and warned that new projects must fit into a flat budget scenario.