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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget 196

sciencehabit writes "President Barack Obama has released a $3.901 trillion budget request to Congress, including proposals for a host of federal research agencies. Science Magazine has the breakdown, including a big win for advanced computing, a big cut for fusion, and status quo for astronomy. 'In the proposed budget, advanced computing would see its funding soar 13.2% to $541 million. BES, the biggest DOE program, would get a boost of 5.5% to $1.807 billion. BER would get a 3% bump to $628 million, and nuclear physics would enjoy a 4.3% increase to $594 million. In contrast, the fusion program would take a 17.6% cut to $416 million—$88 million less than it's getting this year. Although far from final, the numbers suggest another big dip for a program that has enjoyed a roller coaster ride in recent years. In its proposed 2013 budget, DOE called for slashing spending on domestic fusion research to help pay for the increasing U.S. contribution to the international fusion experiment, ITER, in Cadarache, France.'" The Association of American Universities has issued a letter disapproving of the amount of research funding. The Planetary Society has broken down the proposed NASA budget.
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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

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  • Politics ahead. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @09:09AM (#46407085)

    Lets see how this comes out of the congressional sausage factory before we get too excited. Much of the spending is going to be contested. Budgets are also common places to stick unpopular riders, so there will probably be a few nasty surprises snuck in.

  • Re:Politics ahead. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @12:57PM (#46409547) Homepage Journal

    God dammit, does no one know that "liberal democracy" has nothing to do with progressive liberalism?

    Are there that many people that can't go to fucking wikipedia [wikipedia.org] and looking up words. The stupid-ass, libertarian dream world is a "liberal democracy" but you're too caught up in the idea of your own persecution, that you can't imagine a world where "liberal" means anything other than "those people".

    Are you slow? Do you have trouble with the simple idea of contextual grammars, upon which our entire language is built? I mean, if I called you a neoliberal idiot, would you assume I'm accusing you of being a leftist? What is wrong with you?

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