A Surprise Raise

The National Science Foundation is set to get a bigger budget in 2012, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. Congress expects to give the agency a 2.5 percent boost over this year's budget, translating to a $173 million raise, Mervis adds. "It's an unexpected turn of events for the agency," he adds.

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