Brace Yourselves

Despite a new Congressional measure to boost science funding in the US, funding could actually be in trouble if the incoming Republican majority gets its way, says New Scientist's David Shiga. In the waning days of the lame-duck session, Congress passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act to boost science funding over the next three years, but Republicans have been calling for cuts to the budget, and experts say science is on the chopping block, Shiga adds.

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