Stimulus bill includes big money for science

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:17 PM GMT on February 25, 2009

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The $789 billion stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law on February 13 gives some $21.5 billion for scientific research and development across all agencies, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "The stimulus package is a singular event in the history of science funding," said John Marburger, former presidential science adviser and head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under George W. Bush. Indeed, the coming year will be a good year to be a graduate student. The extra $3 billion given to the National Science Foundation will go to fund a wide variety of scientific research at universities.

According to an article in last week's Nature magazine, here is a breakdown on who gets what among the government's scientific agencies:

National Science Foundation
Stimulus: $3 billion
2008 budget: $6.1 billion

Highlights: $2.5 billion will go towards external research grants, including $300 million for instrumentation. A separate allowance of $400 million will go to construction of major facilities.

Department of Energy
Stimulus: About $40 billion
2008 budget: $23.9 billion

Highlights: Includes $11 billion for the electric grid, $5 billion for weatherproofing homes, $3.4 billion for fossil energy R&D and $2 billion for battery research. The Office of Science, which funds basic research, receives $1.6 billion. A separate $400 million will kick-start the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

NASA
Stimulus: $1 billion
2008 budget: $17.2 billion

Highlights: $400 million for science. The joint House-Senate Conference report specifies that "Funding is included herein to accelerate the development of the tier 1 set of Earth science climate research missions recommended by the National Academies Decadal Survey and to increase the agency's supercomputing capabilities". Another $400 million could be spent on rocket development to shrink a "gap" in human spaceflight capability caused by retirement of the space shuttle.

The bill also specifies, "The conference agreement includes $50,000,000 for cross agency support. In allocating these funds, NASA shall give its highest priority to restore NASA-owned facilities damaged from hurricanes and other natural disasters occurring during calendar year 2008."

It is uncertain whether NASA will try to replace the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) satellite, which crashed into the ocean near Antarctica yesterday when the satellite failed to separate from its booster rocket. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory would have been a big help in determining how CO2 cycles between the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere. Fortunately, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a related satellite, the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite IBUKI (GOSAT), on January 23. GOSAT focuses primarily on carbon dioxide and methane sources.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Stimulus: $830 million
2008 budget: $3.9 billion

Highlights:
The joint House-Senate Conference report specifies that "$600,000,000 should be spent for construction and repair of NOAA facilities, ships and equipment, to improve weather forecasting and to support satellite development. Of the amounts provided, $170,000,000 shall address critical gaps in climate modeling and establish climate data records for continuing research into the cause, effects and ways to mitigate climate change."

National Institutes of Health
Stimulus: $10 billion
2008 budget: $29.6 billion

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Stimulus: $580 million
2008 budget: $737 million

The money must be spent quickly
Agencies have 60 days to present spending plans to the White House. The money must be spent quickly, with most of the spending required to be completed by September 30, 2010. There is no money earmarked for hurricane science, but the $600 million in NOAA's slice of the pie to help support satellite development could go towards a new QuikSCAT satellite, which would be a big help for marine forecasts and our ability to detect developing tropical storms. The main area hurricane science could use some stimulus money is for basic research into the hurricane intensification problem. I hope NOAA, NASA, and NSF see fit to spend part of the windfall on the people and computers needed to tackle this vital need. I'll have more on the subject of hurricane research progress and needs next week, when I'll be blogging from the 63rd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference in Tampa, Florida.

You can find the full text of the stimulus bill at the White House web site.

Jeff Masters

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151. Tazmanian
5:15 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
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150. Tazmanian
5:14 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
like all ways



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149. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
5:12 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
more than likly
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148. Tazmanian
5:10 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
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147. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
5:07 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
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146. Tazmanian
5:05 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
where the Admin when you need them the most
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145. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:42 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
ya i seen it on other blogs as well hes spamming whole site
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144. Orcasystems
4:40 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
been posted already pal its called spam flagging and bagging too


That must have been a post by the guy I put on ignore, and banned earlier from my blog.. he posted it 4 times in Robs blog also.
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143. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:37 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
been posted already pal its called spam flagging and bagging too
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141. hahaguy
4:26 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Visitors to Florida...Beware of people driving with poof balls or square dance flags on their car antennas...or driver's with those wrap around sunglasses...yikes!!!!!


lol, does anyone know what happened to Ivansurvivor who used to be in the blog?
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140. GeoffreyWPB
4:25 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Visitors to Florida...Beware of people driving with poof balls or square dance flags on their car antennas...or driver's with those wrap around sunglasses...yikes!!!!!
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139. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:25 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
its all good
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138. Orcasystems
4:24 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
good prices too huh


ROFLMAO, yup and not to many american tourists :)
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137. hahaguy
4:22 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:

ROFL, both of us I think :)
Hey.. did some studying.. we can buy in Cuba :)


I wouldn't mind living in cuba lol . We coudl chill with the castros lol
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136. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:21 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
good prices too huh
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135. Orcasystems
4:19 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
whos pickin on fla

ROFL, both of us I think :)
Hey.. did some studying.. we can buy in Cuba :)
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134. hahaguy
4:18 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
whos pickin on fla


me lol
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133. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:17 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
whos pickin on fla
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132. Orcasystems
4:15 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
the fla dust bowl new event


Its not nice to pick on my Future Northern Neighbours
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131. Orcasystems
4:11 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Florida

Population: 15,982,824
Over 65: 2,807,652

Women over 65: 1,590,975 (Cougar Country)
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130. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:10 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
the fla dust bowl new event
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129. Orcasystems
4:07 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting zoomiami:
Florida has brighter sun, beautiful trees, and lots and lots of many different people.

Venice, Sarasota, St. Pete etc is a little older than South Florida - we are such a hodge podge here, there are no "normals"

According to surfmom, its a dry tinderbox ready to burst into flame.. with everything grass so dry it hurts to walk on it in bare feet...
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128. Orcasystems
4:06 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
fla retirement

funny to built retirement area in a hurricane prone zone ya figure


Adds to the Vacancy rate, Realtors dream.. with the average age so high.. they can sell the same condo 8-10 times in a 10 year period
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127. hahaguy
4:04 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting zoomiami:
Florida has brighter sun, beautiful trees, and lots and lots of many different people.

Venice, Sarasota, St. Pete etc is a little older than South Florida - we are such a hodge podge here, there are no "normals"


You forgot st lucie county lol
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126. zoomiami
4:02 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Florida has brighter sun, beautiful trees, and lots and lots of many different people.

Venice, Sarasota, St. Pete etc is a little older than South Florida - we are such a hodge podge here, there are no "normals"
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125. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:01 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
fla retirement

funny to built retirement area in a hurricane prone zone ya figure
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124. hahaguy
4:00 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Orca the buildings get even brighter when you drunk lmao
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123. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:59 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
i kinda like the sayin

stick'in too ya one more time

lolololol
by the way we got rain and like 7 or 8 degrees coming
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122. stillwaiting
3:58 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
average age of a resident down here in venice,Fl is 70 years old,so orca,your pretty much spot on about the "old greys"..but not ALL of our buildings are bright colors,just most of them,lol...
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121. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:52 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


I may have to go and find out where I put the *(^% snow shovel.
i though the snow plow driver took it
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120. hahaguy
3:52 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting SevereHurricane:


I have so much fun when I go to Florida. When I say that you Florida natives think this probally... "TOURIST!". lol Im just guessing though.


no not really but i agree with surfmom you got to know where to go
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119. SevereHurricane
3:50 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting hahaguy:


Well the old people thing is right lol


I have so much fun when I go to Florida. When I say that you Florida natives think this probally... "TOURIST!". lol Im just guessing though.
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118. conchygirl
3:50 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
Old people ....I beg your pardon....obviously you don't know which beaches to go to.....
exactly! LOL
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117. surfmom
3:50 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
I could not find that darn comet Lulin... tried... might have even been looking at it and just didn't know. LowerCal --gives directions --but that's never been my strong suit....following directions
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116. surfmom
3:48 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Seems to me you have to know where to hang around....
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115. surfmom
3:47 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
SWFL Cold FRont Waves????
Mid week and we still do not have any significant swell to report. Storm track holding in a stagnant pattern, with the next weak front to blow through on Sunday.The front may bring a small log wave with it , but that is probably all she'll have.Warm up continues have a great day! Gulf Temp 61
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114. hahaguy
3:45 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Thats not good.. we see pictures of Florida... we think of nothing but swamps/gators/snakes, beaches and old people.

Oh, and brightly painted buildings.


Well the old people thing is right lol
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113. surfmom
3:45 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Thats not good.. we see pictures of Florida... we think of nothing but swamps/gators/snakes, beaches and old people.

Oh, and brightly painted buildings.
Old people ....I beg your pardon....obviously you don't know which beaches to go to.....
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112. Orcasystems
3:43 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
The shovel.... sooo sorry to hear Orca -- WEll I need RAIN -- we're crispy here.... the lawns look like dry hay -- out east in the pastures lands -- **poof**. Myakka River is way low and the watering holes are less then half full. have to supplement horses and cattle w/hail bails...... nothing green to eat.


Thats not good.. we see pictures of Florida... we think of nothing but swamps/gators/snakes, beaches and old people.

Oh, and brightly painted buildings.
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111. surfmom
3:41 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
Can anyone help me out a little???,I'll be
going up to NYC in 2 weeks,does anyone have any links to longer term weather trend forcasts,I'm trying to find out if there w/be a deep trough and colder weather or a ridge w/a bit warmer weather????,I'm hoping for a Nor'easter while I'm up there!!!!


Are you LOCO??? Just take a swim in the Gulf -- you'll get a rush!
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110. surfmom
3:40 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
The shovel.... sooo sorry to hear Orca -- WEll I need RAIN -- we're crispy here.... the lawns look like dry hay -- out east in the pastures lands -- **poof**. Myakka River is way low and the watering holes are less then half full. have to supplement horses and cattle w/hay bails...... nothing green to eat.
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109. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
3:31 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Taz:

94L.INVEST
Best status from NRL: 55kts 1008 MB
94L.INVEST first appeared 2008-09-24, 0645z @ 32.0ºN 75.0ºW.
Special Tropical Disturbance Statement from NHC 2008-09-24, 1402z.
Special Tropical Disturbance Statement from NHC 2008-09-25, 0837z
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108. Ossqss
3:30 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
Can anyone help me out a little???,I'll be
going up to NYC in 2 weeks,does anyone have any links to longer term weather trend forcasts,I'm trying to find out if there w/be a deep trough and colder weather or a ridge w/a bit warmer weather????,I'm hoping for a Nor'easter while I'm up there!!!!


Forecast is -- cold followed by contiued cold -- then moderating to normal NY weather of cold followed by continued cold and a possible Nor'ester later or earlier in the week. Good luck.
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107. Orcasystems
3:30 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting BahaHurican:
Just what I'm saying. Every time the sun comes out and I put the jacket away, here comes another cold front. . . while I'm not ENTHUSIASTIC about the sweltering sweaty moisture of summer, I could do with some days when it stays warm enough all day for me to stay in shirt sleeves . . .


I may have to go and find out where I put the *(^% snow shovel.
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106. Orcasystems
3:28 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
chilly and moist up there orca,are you expecting snow???,the conditions seem right!!!..oh it's 60 degrees down here now!!!


Alright.. thats enough out of you.. yes.. they are calling for F&S tonight :(
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105. stillwaiting
3:25 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
chilly and moist up there orca,are you expecting snow???,the conditions seem right!!!..oh it's 60 degrees down here now!!!
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104. BahaHurican
3:24 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
Quoting Orcasystems:


Spring is suppose to be here in January, so we can laugh at you having snow and freezing cold :( I should be planting by now and mowing the lawn
Just what I'm saying. Every time the sun comes out and I put the jacket away, here comes another cold front. . . while I'm not ENTHUSIASTIC about the sweltering sweaty moisture of summer, I could do with some days when it stays warm enough all day for me to stay in shirt sleeves . . .
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103. Orcasystems
3:23 AM GMT on February 26, 2009
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