[Reblog]: Is There A Future For Particle Physics In America?

The United States of America hasn’t been interested in building big new physics collaborations, such as the Large Hadron Collider, in the last 20 years, since the Clinton administration canceled the Superconducting Super Collider. The James Webb Space Telescope overruns and President Obama canceling NASA’s Constellation program confirm why America has a crisis of confidence…

[Reblog]: Fiscal Cliff Deal Delays Major Budget Cuts, but Includes Reductions That Could Affect Science

by Jeffrey Mervis on 2 January 2013, 12:05 PM Although few people are talking about it, the legislation passed yesterday by Congress to avert the fiscal cliff by revising tax policies also contains $4 billion in cuts this year to discretionary spending, including research. But it delays for 2 months the automatic, across-the-board reductions that science lobbyists have…

Tough choices

Nature 482, 275–276 (16 February 2012) doi:10.1038/482275b Scientists must find ways to make more efficient use of funds — or politicians may do it for them. Scientists in the United States can find plenty of good news as they page through President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal. Despite substantial cuts elsewhere — and fierce pressure from Republicans to…