Colleges across the country have hundreds of shovel- and beaker-ready projects in the sciences that could collectively cost tens of billions of dollars and begin within weeks, reports the New York Times. "We're grateful for the money, but it's not such a large number that anybody's going to have to look very hard for good projects to fund," said Leslie Tolbert, the vice president for research at the University of Arizona. When President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus measure last week, one of the law's most surprising provisions was a 36 percent increase in the budget for the National...

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