The USA FY19 Budget for Science and Energy is…staggering!

The NEW FY19 Budget For Science - "not what you expected!" On Sept. 21, President Trump signed into law a three-bill fiscal year 2019 spending package that rejects his proposal for large cuts to the Department of Energy’s applied energy R&D programs. While his administration argued much of those programs’ “later-stage” work could be left to industry. The United …

Final FY19 Appropriations: DOE Applied Energy R&D

Publication date: 26 September 2018 Number: 109 On Sept. 21, President Trump signed into law a three-bill fiscal year 2019 spending package that rejects his proposal for large cuts to the Department of Energy’s applied energy R&D programs. While his administration argued much of those programs’ “later-stage” work could be left to industry, Congress has explicitly rejected that policy, stating “DOE is …

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Nuclear Security Administration

  Publication date: 20 September 2018 Number: 108 Within a 4 percent overall budget increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, funding for most weapons and nonproliferation R&D programs will remain steady in fiscal year 2019. Congress rejected steep proposed cuts to inertial confinement fusion programs and greenlit development of a controversial new low-yield nuclear warhead. The final fiscal …

Final FY19 Appropriations: DOE Office of Science

Publication date: 19 September 2018 Number: 107 The Department of Energy’s Office of Science will receive a 5 percent funding increase for fiscal year 2019, bringing its total budget to $6.59 billion.  The additional funding will advance work on exascale computing, user facility upgrades, and quantum information science, among other priority areas. In fiscal year 2019, the …

The Rise of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics or Accessory To War? Stepping Back

Coming off Neil DeGrasse Tyson's comments to Steven Colbert,  all astrophysicists should see themselves as, "Guns For Hire" historically and particularly in the last 50 years.   When an optical signal was garnered with relative clarity from a near-by neutron star-pair who had just emitted a gravitational signature, it was a "gasp-and-wow" moment.  This was …

A typical pundit…

The once “unthinkable” has happen.  The 2-3 million year old “Last Ice On Earth”, as it was called, along Greenland's northeast coast has melted, re-formed, melted, and finally reformed again. This photo is of that ice during the last melt where it had turned into a “rubble” of ice bergs, etc.  [Photograph: Lars Lehnert, from …