Looming Austerity

A winner of this year's Nobel Prize in physics and other researchers call in an open letter on European lawmakers to protect European Union research funding from austerity measures, the Nature News Blog reports. The EU has told its member nations to cut domestic spending, and some have responded by saying the EU should then also cut costs.

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