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AAAS has joined a broad coalition of defense, academic, public health, high-tech, and science groups to combat automatic, across-the-board U.S. federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect 1 March under a sequestration scenario.

Governments must continue robust funding for basic research if they are to reap the economic benefits of science and technology innovation, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner writes in a 27 September op-ed in the German newspaper Die Zeit.

In recognition of this reality, European Union nations from Germany to Denmark are “increasing their science investments even as they control their budgets,” said Leshner, who is also the executive publisher of the journal Science.

Updated March 13, 2012

She was 42 when she suffered a stroke, and in the aftermath she was like a prisoner in her own body: conscious and aware, able to hear and feel, but unable to move or communicate. After a decade, she was able to shake her head from side to side, but the prospects for further recovery were bleak. Today, however, thanks to an implant that links her brain to a computer, the neural signals that once guided routine movements have been able to control an on-screen keyboard and guide a robotic arm.

After a tense week in which a government shutdown was averted, the White House and congressional leaders agreed on a 2011 budget that spared research and development from the worst of the cuts, according to Patrick Clemins, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program.

Greg Ip, the influential U.S. economics editor for The Economist, told AAAS S&T Policy Fellows that America’s prospects for a quick economic recovery remain poor, yet his 50-year outlook is positive because of the promise of science-based innovation.

While the nation’s governors and state school officers have proposed uniform standards in English and mathematics for all students in American public schools, science also should be included in the standards, two AAAS officials write in an op-ed article published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.