At Science Progress, Britt Holbrook points out that the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 is waiting to be voted on, and that while everyone seemed to be fixated on its $84 billion price tag, there is an overlooked aspect of the bill: its attempt to clarify the National Science Foundation's Broader Impacts Criterion policy. A subsection of this bill aims to explain what "broader impact" means by listing goals and policy recommendations.

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