Early word on the 2011 budgets for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy's Office of Science isn't so good, reports ScienceInsider. The 2011 figures from the Office of Management and Budget appear to be a 2.9 percent increase for NSF and a 1.6 percent increase for the DOE for 2011. As ScienceInsider points out, this year's stimulus bill was a "banquet for researchers," and the 2010 number for NSF isn't yet finalized.

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