The shuttle launch from an airplane — cool shot! (but not mine)
that’s my granddaughter sticking out there in front. 4 days till the due date. tick tick tick
February 12, 2009
Congress Finalizes Massive Boost in Science Funding
Late last night Congress released the first high-level details on the final agreement for the American Recovery and Reinvestment package. (For background, this legislation is essentially a massive funding plan intended to help jump start the American economy during the current fiscal year (FY 2009).) The final legislation reportedly contains a massive boost for several key scientific agencies, including NSF +$3 billion (remember that NSF’s total funding for FY09 is around $6 billion and change), NIST +$580 million and Department of Energy Office of Science +$1.6 billion. This is huge and welcome news to the scientific community that has been making the case that research funding for physical sciences has been flat for a number of years undercutting the innovation ecosystem.
Below is a summary of the science funding:
“Transform our Economy with Science and Technology: To secure America’s role as a world leader in a competitive global economy, we are renewing America’s investments in basic research and development, in training students for an innovation economy, and in deploying new technologies into the marketplace. This will help businesses in every community succeed in a global economy.
Investing in Scientific Research (More than $15 Billion)
* Provides $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, for basic research in fundamental science and engineering – which spurs discovery and innovation.
* Provides $1.6 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds research in such areas as climate science, biofuels, high-energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences – areas crucial to our energy future.
* Provides $400 million for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support high-risk, high-payoff research into energy sources and energy efficiency in collaboration with industry.
* Provides $580 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including the Technology Innovation Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
* Provides $8.5 billion for NIH, including expanding good jobs in biomedical research to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and heart disease.
* Provides $1 billion for NASA, including $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research.
* Provides $1.5 billion for NIH to renovate university research facilities and help them compete for biomedical research grants.
So, if anyone wants to know what WTF means, point them to this picture. It’s Wil Wheaton with a lovely new gift from a “friend”.
With friends like that ….
The people on his blog think that it looks like Ferdinand Marco or Tiger Woods. HA HA HA. I’m going with Ferdinand.
I’m going to buy one of these paintings if he starts selling them on his website. And then I’ll buy a bullfighter and Elvis and I can have a whole lovely Velvet Gallery. Can’t wait!
We spent the afternoon at the De Young museum in SF. Very interesting.
Here, I found where the Klingon Bat’leth originated. I believe they were called cult hooks in the museum guide, but we knew what they really were.
And the later ceremonial version below:
Non-Klingon, but also non-human (below). This thing was *much* creepier in person than it is in this picture.
Working with what you’ve got: Mangrove roots = manly johnson (below).
I’ll put the rest of these on Flickr or Picasa – some of them are fairly interesting, Klingon inspired or not.
If you’re a fan of Doctor Who you might find this amusing. 🙂