Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Science and the American Economy

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, conservative commentator George Will says that some of his Republican brethren are being a little shortsighted when they talk about cutting science budgets. Government support is necessary for innovation, and America needs science and engineering education and research in order to stay competitive, he adds: US undergraduate institutions hand out 16 percent of their degrees in science or engineering, while the numbers in South Korea and China are 38 percent and 47 percent, respectively. "With populism rampant, this is not a propitious moment to defend elites, even scientific ones. Nevertheless, the nation depends on nourishing them and the institutions that sustain them," Will writes. "Republicans are rightly determined to be economizers. They must, however, make distinctions."

HT: Kevin Noonan at Patent Docs

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.