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A New NSF?

A new bill would reshape the US National Science Foundation to include a focus on technological development, according to Science.

Nature News reports on policy changes research funding agencies are making to deal with pandemic-related effects on research labs.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

The US Senate has unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to address the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 calls for an 8 percent cut to the US National Institutes of Health budget.

A new report finds that though the US has increased its activity in science and engineering, its global share of that activity has fallen in some areas, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Gaps in Pay

Nature Careers reports that male researchers at US federal agencies are paid more than their female counterparts, despite mechanisms to prevent wage disparities.

Tighter Ties

ScienceInsider reports the choice of Sethuraman Panchanathan as National Science Foundation director underscores the increasing ties between the agency and the White House.

The budget for fiscal year 2020 includes increases for each of the NIH's institutes and centers, as well as the FDA and the NSF.

NSF Nominee Announced

Sethuraman Panchanathan from Arizona State University is to be the nominee to be the next director of the National Science Foundation.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.