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The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Tuesday.
Insects evolved earlier than previously suspected, and may have helped to shape Earth’s first terrestrial ecosystems.
Nondefense science agencies would take some real steps towards budget recovery after sequestration, while some defense R&D programs face continuing cuts.
Most research programs would end up close to the Senate numbers and 2012 levels, but funding remains low by historical standards.