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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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Academy President Says There's No Race to the Moon
3 March 2009 6:02 pm
Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA) is a harsh critic of the Chinese government for its trade policies as well as its treatment of minorities, religious groups, and political activists. He's also no fan of their space program, which plans to land humans on the moon by 2020.
This morning, as a member of the House spending panel that oversees NASA's budget, Wolf got a chance to combine his enmity toward the world's most populous country with his concern that U.S. leadership in space might be eroding. Looking to rally support for NASA's manned exploration program, Wolf asked Ralph Cicerone, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, if he would "bet" on China's plans to "beat us back to the moon."
But Cicerone, to Wolf's chagrin, didn't play along. "I wouldn't bet against it," Cicerone replied. "But I wouldn't be too worried about it, either." He made it clear that he didn't think going back to the moon should be a priority for U.S. science. "I wouldn't want NASA to turn itself upside down to go there, for unknown purposes. So I wouldn't be too upset if the Chinese went there on their own."