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Measure aims to boost federal funding of scientific research

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman, introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to keep the U.S. scientifically competitive. The bill, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2015, re-establishes the federal government as the catalyst for basic research by increasing funding by 5 percent for agencies that conduct fundamental discovery science. Read More »

Federal clean-energy mandate favors smaller reactors

An executive order recently signed into law by President Obama mandates that clean-energy sources, including small modular nuclear reactors, must make up at least 25 percent of the energy used by U.S. federal agencies by 2025. The order, titled "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade," strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while advocating for innovation and decreased spending. Read More »