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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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

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