Science

Biden pursues giant boost for science spending

President Joe Biden released his first proposed budget for the United States on 9 April.Credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Getty

US President Joe Biden unveiled his first proposed budget on 9 April, and it signaled strong support for research and development. The spending plan would provide across-the-board increases in science funding and inject billions into the fights against COVID-19 and climate change.

Although short on detail, the budget proposal would raise core funding for research and development across nearly every major federal science agency, including historic increases to improve public health and battle racial injustices. In line with a US$2.3-trillion

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Texas A&M brings virtual science festival straight to your home

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy is going virtual for its Physics & Engineering Festival, and even though this year’s festival is virtual, event organizers stress that they are bringing the same level of excitement and passion.

“We want everyone to get the same feeling that they would get during the live in-person festival as we will get during this virtual festival,” said Dawson Nodurft, Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy, Instructional Assistant Professor. “Our goal is to bring our passion and excitement to you, just over the internet.”

For Nodurft, the festival is part

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Biden’s EPA chief slammed for firing science advisers in ‘purge’

WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency provide records related to a decision by the agency’s new leader to remove dozens of scientists and other experts from two key advisory boards.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said the advisers appointed under the Trump administration were overly friendly to business and that his March 31 “reset” of the Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee would return EPA to its practice of relying on advice from a balanced group of experts.

Regan’s overhaul removed more than 45 members of the two science advisory boards,

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Biden offers American science a fresh chance to prove its value to society

America’s scientific community faces a historic opportunity to prove its value to society, thanks to the unprecedented role that President BidenJoe BidenManchin throws cold water on using budget reconciliation Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate Omar slams Biden admin for continuing ‘the construction of Trump’s xenophobic and racist wall’ MORE has assigned to science in his administration.

Just days after taking office, Biden became the first president to name a scientific adviser to his cabinet, Eric Lander, the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The move stands in stark contrast

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‘Parachute Science’ Doesn’t Work in a Pandemic

In the rain forests of Borneo, Sahril Ramadani wakes before sunrise to the high-pitched shrieks of gibbons. Fumbling in the dark, he packs up his essentials for the day: hand sanitizer, iPad, GPS tracker, watch, materials for sample collection, and lunch. Securing an N95 mask over his face, he sets out on a solitary search for orangutans.

Ramadani, 23, spends 20 days a month here at Cabang Panti, the research station for the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project in the southwestern part of Indonesian Borneo. The project’s fieldwork—the daily observations that have kept it going for 27 years—depends on his work

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What Is Nutrigenomics? The Science Of Food, Genes & Environment

“The biggest benefit of nutrigenomics—the reason that people are so drawn to it—is because it’s truly personalized medicine. People want to know ‘what’s right for my body?'” says Ginger Hutlin, M.S., RDN, owner of ChampagneNutrition and author of Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep. “I want answers to what I need for my unique situation.” 

For Lipman, nutrigenomics capability is “huge, as it can help individualize what types of nutrients (whether in food or supplements) can help different people.” Admittedly, moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach, “Nutrigenomics can help us target treatments to someone’s nutritional, genetic strengths and weaknesses,” he says. 

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