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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington, DC

    WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington, DC

    This will be brief, since I fell asleep. However, we did a word
    search on the transcript. Bingo! We got a hit on "scientific
    research." It came up in a discussion of the need "to build a
    culture of life." (When was it that "life" became a code word?)
    The President thanked Congress for doubling NIH funding, but he
    urged the lawmakers to quit dawdling on his energy strategy,
    "including safe, clean nuclear energy." That was it for science.

    In his opening statement at a hearing on Hubble options, Sherwood
    Boehlert (R-NY), Chair of the House Science Committee, observed:
    "One can't help but root for it"; surely he can do more than that.
    It's widely expected that on Monday the President's asking budget
    will only include funds to dump Hubble in the Ocean. What madness
    compels this act? Hubble, Joe Taylor testified, "is still in the
    prime of its scientific life." Steven Beckwith, director of the
    Space Telescope Institute, said it's the nation's "most productive
    science facility." It was designed to be serviced by the shuttle.
    The James Webb Space Telescope won't go on line before 2011. Even
    more powerful, we will no doubt come to view JWST with the kind of
    affection we now feel for Hubble. But long before that happens
    Hubble is posed to explore dark energy and extrasolar planetary
    systems. The official explanation for cutting the service mission
    to Hubble is that, at more than $1B, it's too expensive. Whoa!
    Lou Lanzerotti testified that it would cost no more than a flight
    to the ISS, and the nation is committed to 25-30 shuttle flights
    to the ISS. Would someone tell us what the ISS is doing? And how
    is NASA paying for 25-30 flights at $1-2B each? Is Ken Lay doing
    NASA's books? As we pointed out years ago, shuttle arithmetic is
    not that hard. You just divide the cost of the shuttle program by
    the number of flights .
    President's budget or not, it's Congress that controls the purse.

    The public pays for research done on federal grants as well as the
    cost of publishing it; they shouldn't have to pay again to see it.
    Under a new policy that goes into effect on May 2 researchers on
    NIH grants will be "asked" to submit their results to a public Web
    site within one year after publication in a scientific journal.
    There are advantages to having articles in one federal database.
    However, most journal publishers, including APS Editor in Chief
    Marty Blume, oppose the policy, fearing it will cut into their
    subscription base. A leading proponent of free access, former NIH
    Director Harold Varmus, only regretted that scientists were
    "asked" to submit their data. He would have preferred "expected."

    Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
    University of Maryland, but they should be.

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington,DC

    Yes, good ol' Mr. Park. Will somebody please tell him the ISS _does_
    have a purpose -- it's a suppository developed just for you Bob! Now if
    we could just find some way to get you into orbit...

    Park took a different tone back in '93 when a bunch of democrats and
    pols in the Clinton administration killed the super-collider program
    because it was too damn expensive. He reported most of the developments
    surrounding the SSC without all the invective he seems to save for
    republicans, and in one post he even rationalized its cancellation on
    the basis that a balanced federal budget might be a good thing!

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington, DC

    On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 22:57:12 GMT, Sam Wormley <>

    I believe in nuclear power. The French have 75% of their energy
    provided by it. I'm not worried about the marginal issue of
    storage of waste since there are many alternatives. The U.S. should
    build more plants. But, didn't the U.S. recently bail out of one of
    the international fusion projects?

    They should let the ISS die before it sucks up as much money as the
    Iraq war.

    Magazines and journals die, so what? APS editor should go in for some
    Publish the studies and maybe through some fluke, there might be a way
    of avoiding future Vioxx issues before they become the life-blood of
    every vampiric lawyer out there.

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington,DC

    Sam Wormley wrote:

    I'm more than a little curious as to how the average (i.e.
    scientifically illiterate) public is going to react to reading actual
    research papers. Oh yes, and the scientifically illiterate public's
    attorneys. I wonder if the NIH public site will have only peer-reviewed
    reports, or if anything will be put up, in the name of public access.

    Andrew Resnick, Ph.D.
    Department of Physiology and Biophysics
    CWRU School of Medicine
    tanspose 'op' for mail

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 04 Feb 05 Washington, DC

    the homeless could care less as troops rally on the Washington Mall to
    the White House! Only Gen McArthur isnt there this time.

    Sam Wormley wrote:



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