Science  20 Jul 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5836, pp. 307

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  1. Spaced Out

    1. Daniel Clery

    The United Kingdom risks lagging behind in space studies if the government does not increase space spending, the House of Commons science and technology committee warns in a report this week. The parliamentarians suggest setting up the National Space Technology Programme to provide seedcorn funding, although no total is suggested.

    The U.K. spent just $425 million on space during 2005-06, substantially less than its European counterparts. The report recommends bolstering British strengths such as planetary exploration and earth observation while considering new efforts in human space flight and launchers. The committee also calls on the European Space Agency to locate one of its facilities in the U.K., a topic of ongoing negotiations with ESA, says Richard Holdaway of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Chilton.

  2. Biologists Going Down Under ...

    1. Benjamin Lester

    Last week, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) spread to the antipodes when delegates from the group's 19 member nations voted to extend an associate membership to Australia. The 7-year initial term starts next year, when Australia will begin sending faculty members and research fellows to EMBL's five European basic research laboratories while receiving EMBL research support. Sponsors include several Australian universities and the government, which will spend a combined $7.2 million to fund the initial term. “With [Australia's] special expertise, for example, in the fields of medical epidemiology and stem cell research, it will be an excellent complement to EMBL's focus on basic research in molecular biology,” says Iain Mattaj, EMBL's director general.

  3. ... Heat Rising

    1. Marissa Cevallos

    The world can't afford to stall on confronting climate change, says a resolution passed last week by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, and scientists shouldn't let it. The 58-nation scientific umbrella organization, which includes seven international bodies, passed the nine-point resolution focusing on the inevitable consequences of warming and urging nations to “promote adaptation.” In addition to pushing for more climate-monitoring research funds, the union's members promise more “outreach,” which its outgoing president Michael MacCracken says includes getting the word out about impending warming-related floods or droughts.