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Obama Wins; Science Rejoices

Reality BaseBy Melissa LafskyNovember 5, 2008 11:32 PM


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The new president-elect promises to usher in a "new era of scientific innovation" (of course, exactly how much funding that will entail/receive remains to be seen). Alternative-energy industries, shrug off your wounds—there may yet be hope on the horizon. Stem cell researchers, re-start your engines. Another huge winner last night: The Internet. Also consider it a huge win for academia: The president-elect, his vice president, and both their spouses have all worked in higher education. The Senate and the House didn't do so badly either. And we hate to do this, but here's the bad news.

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