David Malakoff is a Deputy News Editor specializing in coverage of science policy, energy and the environment. A native of Washington D.C., he has spent more than 25 years reporting on how scientists influence government policy, and how government policy shapes science. In addition to reporting for Science, he has worked as an editor and correspondent on NPR’s Science Desk, for Conservation Magazine, and as a freelancer for numerous outlets.

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  • 30 May 2000

    An ambitious plan to census all the critters in the world's oceans is proceeding swimmingly, thanks to an award announced last week.

  • 26 May 2000

    A wave of good news lifted marine conservation and research this week. President Clinton today ordered federal agencies to develop a new network of marine reserves along U.S. coasts.

  • 15 May 2000

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--It's official: The State Department is looking for some science-savvy diplomats.

  • 9 May 2000

    South African President Thabo Mbeki's controversial AIDS advisory panel found little common ground last weekend and ended up establishing a four-person committee to devise tests of fringe ideas about what causes the disease.

  • 4 May 2000

    A new rescue plan for the world's largest laser project would boost its ultimate cost to almost twice as much as planners originally estimated. Yesterday, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced a revised budget that allots at least an additional $1 billion to the embattled facility.

  • 30 Mar 2000

    A spring break research trip has ended in disaster, leaving the tight-knit world of professional ecologists mourning the loss of five of its own.

  • 20 Mar 2000

    A spectacular business flop is evoking sweet sorrow among radio astronomers.

  • 28 Feb 2000

    In one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. university, a high-tech couple will give $350 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to found a new brain research center.

  • 31 Jan 2000

    Researchers who plumbed the depths of the Antarctic ozone hole, helped show that modern cells are assembled from once independent life-forms, and created reading machines for the blind were among those awarded National Medals of Science and Technology today by President Bill Clinton.

  • 18 Nov 1999

    In an encore performance that is drawing rave reviews from biomedical researchers, Congress is ready to hand the National Institutes of Health (NIH) another record budget increase.