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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...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
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...
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Obama Energy Team Gets D.C. Insider
15 April 2009 11:20 am
The White House has announced that it will nominate Daniel Poneman, a lawyer and former National Security Council official, as Deputy Secretary of Energy. Poneman is the only nonscientist among the Obama Administration's choices to lead DOE. He will join a Nobel Prize winner (Steven Chu) and two former university provosts (Kristina Johnson and Steven Koonin).
Unlike them, Poneman has been a fixture in Washington and brings years of experience working on nuclear and defense issues. Those issues still dominate DOE's agenda. Three-quarters of its budget goes toward managing the nation's nuclear stockpile, cleaning up former nuclear sites, and preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons.
According to Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear proliferation who now heads the Ploughshares Fund, Poneman is a "solid, sober, moderate, nice guy" who doesn't push his own personal views. "He's not someone who will bring transformational change" to the nuclear weapons laboratories, Cirincione says. "He's the guy who will find a compromise."