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Science and the Obama Administration

Pres. Obama began his term with a speech emphasizing alternative energy, health care and a focus on education. What's the future of stem cells and other issues that frustrated scientists during the Bush administration?

Obama restates commitment to health care, science

In his inaugural address today, Pres. Barack Obama underscored his campaign promises to reform health care and develop alternative energy. Here are some excerpts, from the prepared text:

“Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet … ...

January 20, 2009 — Jordan Lite

House Dems push for more than $80 billion in stimulus money for big tech projects

Democratic lawmakers are calling for $80 billion in federal funds to be set aside to beef up the nation's Internet services, develop renewable energy sources and computerize health care records. 

The investment would be part of the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 [pdf] (which the House is expected to vote on the week of Jan...

January 17, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Is combating climate change worth the cost?

It's a topic that is likely to come up more and more after President-elect Barack Obama moves into the White House next week. Obama has said that preventing and reversing global warming will be a top priority in his administration—a change from the previous administration's stance that voluntary efforts would be enough—likely through a mandatory cap-and-trade scheme...

January 14, 2009 — David Biello

Scott Gration reportedly tapped for top NASA post

Retired Air Force major general Scott Gration has been asked to head NASA under President-elect Barack Obama, Space News and AFP are reporting. The news agencies each cite an unnamed source in pointing to Gration, an early Obama supporter who stumped for the candidate and gave military cred to the campaign...

January 14, 2009 — John Matson

Will DTV transition be delayed?

Lovers of analog TV may get a reprieve from the scheduled February 18 transition to digital television. President-elect Barack Obama wants to delay next month's nationwide transition, arguing that there isn’t enough money to back the program...

January 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama's inauguration: Tech and enviro impact

Chomping at the bit to Twitter, text and make cell phone calls from tomorrow's inauguration? You might want to limit your expectations: telecom providers say they're expecting record wireless and Internet traffic in the nation's capital, and are asking mobile users to wait until after the big event to start tweeting and calling, lest their messages get delayed and their calls met by busy signals...

January 19, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama halts last-minute Bush regs

Pres. Barack Obama yesterday put all pending regulatory changes made in the waning months of the Bush administration on hold until he has a chance to review them.

January 21, 2009 — Jordan Lite
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