While the America Competes Act passed by Congress should increase science funding in the US, Wired Science notes that just how much money will be appropriated for that bill will be decided in early 2011. "House Republicans have made the National Science Foundation a symbol of wasteful spending, so America Competes may still lose," writes Wired's Brandon Keim.

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