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Scientific stuff Latest: Follow the JWST@SXSW tweets as the James Webb Space Telescope struts its stuff at SXSW. Not-quite so latest: I tracked the tweets for the 221 st meeting of the AAS ( #aas221 or #hackAAS ), which has just started over in Long Beach. See my AAS221 pages for more information. Really not-quite so latest: I am trying an experiment in "live-blogging" some Chandra data analysis , in honor of Open-Access Week ( #OAWeek ).
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The grim outlook for biomedical research funding is causing much angst at the $30.7 billion National Institutes of Health (NIH). In an unusually candid move this week, NIH described some of its tough choices in detail and reached out to the scientific community for advice about how to keep afloat the labs of the investigators it funds. In a post yesterday on her Rock Talk blog, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey explains that NIH's budget has been essentially flat since 2004 and that the agency faces "a continuation of this pattern or perhaps even declining budgets" in the coming years. "As we consider how to continue to fund outstanding biomedical research during austere times, we are weighing various options, including looking closely at the way we manage NIH resources," she writes. A linked slide set lays out various options.
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Say hello to the Chrome 15 Web Browser Google's new Chrome 15 is better than ever. This release boasts a new tab page, which makes it easier to get to your Chrome apps and most visited sites. Under the hood, there are also several significant security and performance improvements.