Topic: National Science Foundation
Art Carden of Mises Economics Blog offers a full disclosure - and some context.
09/17/2010 02:05 pm
Coined from an 1863 story called “The Children of the Public,” pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense. The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010.. Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:
08/19/2010 01:15 pm
The National Research Council's once-a-decade study, released Friday, proposes the top priorities for US space science during the coming decade. NASA uses it as a blueprint.
08/13/2010 06:28 pm
A Harvard research study looked at kindergarten students in Tennessee and found those who learned more earned more as adults.
08/11/2010 12:10 pm
Mycobond, a composite material made from mushroom roots and agricultural waste, is grown around structures to create customized packaging.
07/28/2010 06:24 pm
Intensity mapping, a new method for observing the radio intensity of hydrogen gas, could help solve a fundamental cosmic riddle
07/22/2010 12:13 pm
Storm chasers have wrapped up the most dangerous stage of a comprehensive study on how tornadoes form.
07/21/2010 07:17 pm
Some experts wonder how 'independent' BP's grants for Gulf oil spill research on ecosystem damage and recovery will be. But so far, it looks like the money comes with no strings attached.
07/03/2010 02:20 pm
Hurricane Alex has pushed oil from the BP Gulf oil spill spill onto Gulf coast beaches, with some tar balls as large as apples.
06/30/2010 03:52 pm
Gulf gas: The BP oil spill has increased the amount of methane gas in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the potential of creating 'dead zones' for fish and other aquatic wildlife.
06/18/2010 09:58 am