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30 Mar 2018

Final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018 increases NASA’s Science Mission Directorate budget by 8 percent to $6.2 billion. The new funding will mainly benefit the Planetary Science Division, which is directed to ramp up two missions to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The Heliophysics and Astrophysics Divisions are receiving smaller increases, while the Earth Science Division’s budget remains steady.

29 Mar 2018

The final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018 boosts the National Science Foundation budget by 4 percent to $7.8 billion, a modest raise compared to what several other science agencies are receiving.

28 Mar 2018

The Department of Energy Office of Science was among the most favored science agencies in the final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018, receiving its largest single-year budget increase since 2009.

27 Mar 2018

Following the release and enactment of the final appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2018, policymakers and leaders in the scientific community have praised the large spending increases for federally sponsored scientific research, infrastructure, and STEM education.

22 Mar 2018

The final appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2018, on track to be enacted this weekend, includes significant spending boosts for the federal science agencies. A few, such as the National Science Foundation, are slated for moderate increases, while others, such as the Department of Energy Office of Science and National Institutes of Health, stand out for the huge scale of their increases.

21 Mar 2018

At a House Science Committee hearing dedicated to the national laboratories, committee members probed the role the labs play in developing and commercializing technologies. Members also announced two bills directing DOE to conduct demonstration projects in nuclear energy and energy storage, respectively.

20 Mar 2018

National Science Foundation leaders presented their plan for breaking down the agency’s disciplinary stovepipes at a House hearing on its budget request for fiscal year 2019. The chairwoman of the National Science Board also warned that China could soon surpass the U.S. as the world’s S&T leader if current trends continue.

19 Mar 2018

The president’s budget request for fiscal year 2019 would cut the Department of Energy’s applied energy programs significantly, including a 67 percent cut to the $2 billion Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Other offices would receive lesser but still dramatic decreases in funding.

16 Mar 2018

A chorus of concern has emerged in Congress about China’s allegedly pervasive exploitation of the U.S.’s intellectual property and open research environment, with some lawmakers seeking to overhaul foreign investment and export control systems. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is preparing a package of unilateral retaliation measures that reportedly could include visa restrictions on Chinese students and academics.

14 Mar 2018

NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified before the House Science Committee that the agency is looking into alternate ways to obtain the astrophysics data the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission would have provided. However, he has since emphasized that the mission cancellation is only a proposal.

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