Roundup 10/16: Total Enlightenment Edition

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The Department of Energy and EPA are partnering to fix the broken Energy Star Program.

Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D–VT) wants to work with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) to schedule debate on the stalled patent reform bill before the end of the year.

Johns Hopkins University tops NSF's R&D rankings for 2006–08.

NIH Director Francis Collins has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

For the second straight running of the DOE's Solar Decathlon, a German team has brought home the gold.

A budget crunch at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has led the lab to cancel its yearly open house to the public.

A government committee with India has recommended that the nation approve its first genetically modified food crop for planting; pesticide-resistant eggplant joins resistant cotton as the only two approved GM crops.

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