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NASA’s 2010 funding levels adequate for third space shuttle mission this year

space shuttle mission

According to a February 14 statement by NASA administrator Charles Bolden, if the US space agency continues to operate at 2010 funding levels as it has been doing, it will have enough money for a third – and, apparently, the last - space shuttle mission this year.

Government workers’ right of privacy restricted by Supreme Court

Government workers’ right of privacy restricted by Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court supported the use of personal background checks for scientists and many thousands of others who work under government contracts, ruling that questions about personal matters and drug use do not break their privacy rights under the Constitution.

Scientists decode genetic make-up of chocolate tree and woodland strawberry

Scientists decode genetic make-up of chocolate tree and woodland strawberry

An international team of scientists led by the French organisation CIRAD, have identified plants’ genes that could probably be responsible for flavour, aroma, nutritional value, and response to disease.

Study: People with a busy social life “have bigger amygdale”

Study: People with a busy social life “have bigger amygdale”

According to a interesting study, led by Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, US, people with bigger amygdala - a small almond-shaped body buried deep within the temporal lobe of the brain – have wider and more complex networks of friends and colleagues.

UK slashing capital spending in science and engineering by 41%

George Osborne

According to reports, over and above the 10 percent real-terms cut announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during the scientific research spending review in October, the UK science funding bodies may have to absorb an additional 41 percent cut to their capital expenditure.

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