Roundup 3/23: Blastoff Edition

On 1 April, the United Kingdom will finally have its own space agency, ending its unique status as the only major economy without one. At the same time, the government announced that it will build a new £40-million International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell, to sit alongside the European Space Agency facility opened there in July 2009.

New government figures suggest that public opposition within the United Kingdom to scientific and medical research involving animals has fallen by 10% in the past 10 years. 

Genetic engineering of citrus trees is the best hope for long-term success against a bacterial disease plaguing Florida's orange groves, according to a report released today by the National Research Council.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it wants to expand its new greenhouse gas reporting system to include more sources of emissions, including oil and natural gas operations that release methane.

The consortium that has operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy for the past decade has won another 5-year contract to manage the Tennessee lab.