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A post at Science Progress says it's time for the Obama administration to start planning for sustained, increased scientific research spending. A white paper released last year by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences says that the two most important areas that need more funding are early-career researchers and high-risk, high-reward research. Steps can be taken to remedy the situation even if the budget remains flat, they say.

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