In his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama made mention of "subjects near to scientists' hearts," says Nature's News blog, which rounds up those subjects. In particular, Obama urged the support of basic research. "Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched. New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet," Obama said, according this New York Times transcript. "Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future." Further, he called for a way to create a path to citizenship for "responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, [and] defend this country."
State of Science
Jan 25, 2012