Not So Super

The US Congressional "supercommittee" — a group of 12 lawmakers charged with making cuts to the US budget — has failed to come to terms on a deal, which has triggered a previously set group of budget cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. This will mean cuts for every department, including cuts to science and research budgets, says New Scientist's Peter Aldhous.

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A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

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