Articles and News – BRAIN, Plan B, and Bird Flu

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Events, Funding, Jobs, Policy, Science

2o14 House GOP majority views of the Science Committee. Calls for more basic research while decreasing any focus on climate change.

“According to a White House press release, President Obama will follow through on his State of the Union call for a comprehensive map of the human brain by announcing $100 million in federal investments for the project on Tuesday morning. Funds for the project — dubbed the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative — will be appropriated through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and will be included in the FY 2014 budget that the president is set to release next week.”

“A federal judge ruled today that women of all ages should be able to purchase the emergency contraception pill Plan B, over the counter. When taken as directed, Plan B can safely and effectively prevent pregnancies. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions on the pill have been subject to political interference for nearly a decade, according to the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).”

“Chinese health authorities are urging calm as the circle of people infected with an elusive influenza virus widens.”

“The environment committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons is calling for a ban of three common pesticides in order to protect honey bees and other pollinators. “We believe that the weight of scientific evidence now warrants precautionary action,” the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley, said in a statement.”


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