President Obama declared on April 27 that "science is more essential … than ever before" for the nation’s security, health, and economy. And the proof, he said, is the swine flu outbreak that has killed more than 100 in Mexico and shown up in the United States, though with no fatalities yet, reports the Boston Globe. Obama told the National Academy of Sciences that he is closely monitoring the outbreak, which he called a "cause for concern, but not a cause for alarm." The public health emergency was declared April 26 as a precaution, he said, to make sure officials have everything they need to contain the illness. The speech is a follow-up to his decision last month to reverse President Bush’s limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research — and an accompanying pledge to take the politics out of science. He repeated that promise and also announced a pledge to increase research and scientific funding to a level equal to that during the space race to the moon, amounting to 3 percent of the gross domestic product…

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