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Obama at the Academy

As our sister news site reported, US President Barack Obama spoke before the National Academy of Sciences yesterday and called for an increase in funding for basic science. Science Insider posted the full text of the speech here in which Obama said that "scientific discovery takes far more than the occasional flash of brilliance – as important as that can be. Usually, it takes time, hard work, patience; it takes training; often, it requires the support of a nation." In a separate post, Science Insider says that Obama's call for the US to spend 3 percent or more of its gross domestic product on research and development is "as ambiguous as it is ambitious." At the Intersection, Chris Mooney applauds Obama's speech and goals but wonders how "the gap between science and society" can be addressed. The White House also announced the creation of an Office of Science and Technology blog, found here.