- News Home
5 December 2013 11:26 am ,
Vol. 342 ,
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...
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,...
- 5 December 2013 11:26 am , Vol. 342 , #6163
- About Us
House Bill Would Let NOAA Keep Satellites
18 April 2012 12:44 pm
A U.S. House of Representatives spending panel is taking a more cautious approach than its Senate counterpart when it comes to building U.S. weather and climate science satellites.
The House Appropriations Committee today released a fiscal year 2013 spending bill that provides $5.0 billion to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That figure is $68 million more than its current budget, but $93 million below the Obama Administration's request for the year that begins on 1 October.
Unlike a Senate version of the bill released yesterday, however, the House bill does not call for moving four major satellite programs from NOAA to NASA.
Although NOAA has been struggling for years to keep its satellite programs on schedule and within budgets, the Senate's proposal surprised some agency watchers. "This is a very intriguing move," said Eric Webster, a vice president at ITT Exelis, an aerospace firm in McLean, Virginia. "It will save money, as NASA charged overhead, and NOAA had its own costs as well." Webster is a former head of NOAA's legislative affairs office. The Obama Administration has not commented on the Senate proposal.
The House bill, which will come up for a subcomittee vote tomorrow, includes full funding for the four satellite programs, including $916 million to keep the troubled Joint Polar Satellite System on track.