The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced two new agricultural policy grants; the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa gets $15 million  to aid African nations in developing policies to boost yield and sustainability. Michigan State University and the New Partnership for Africa's Development receive $10.4 million  to help develop regulatory frameworks for biotechnology.
The United States has officially proposed to list six threatened shark species—oceanic whitetip , dusky , sandbar  and great, scalloped and smooth hammerheads —under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora .
The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed its version  of the $33.5 billion fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, sending the bill to the president's desk.
The Government Accountability Office has criticized NASA on its computer security .
A new Web site aims to connect  Chinese scientists with one another and their colleagues back home.