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US research facilities anticipate budget gloom

from Nature News

As U.S. federal agencies prepare for lean times ahead, concern is growing at some of the centralized, multimillion-dollar facilities supported by the National Science Foundation. These provide users with access to specialized instruments that include powerful X-ray sources, high magnetic fields and large telescopes. Several such centers are expecting cuts in the 2012 budget. "If the proposed budget goes through, the impact on users will be quite severe," says Sol Gruner, director of Cornell's High Energy Synchrotron Source, which the NSF has told to expect a possible 25 percent cut. more

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