House appropriations committee reported out the Science etc bill.
JWST remains deleted; armchair quantum wires are in…
Here we go.
House appropriations committee approved the report of the subcommittee on Science etc for 2012 appropriations.
Bill was essentially unchanged, with minor amendments.
0.1% was shaved off everyone and given to NOAA.
JWST remains CUT CUT CUT!
And McCollum (D) put in two amendments prohibiting funding for corps convicted of felonies or owing taxes – that could have interesting consequences, wonder who that is aimed at.
Anyway, Sen. Mikulski put out another statement saying this was a bad idea, and would the Administration please do something.
Well, Senate next – does Mikulski think pressure from Obama is needed here, or is this cover?
Still very pessimistic about JWST’s chances in Senate of conference.
But, the firm directive to NIST to fund “armchair quantum wires” is still there,
Seriously: macroscopic carbon nanotube wires are a nifty idea, and $10+M has been spent on development – but it is not really NIST’s turf.
If you are going to stick it in somewhere in this subcommittee, then NSF seems like the place to try.
NASA already had a go – though how it was justified as STS power component in 2005 would make an interesting story…
But, really – either have it go through peer review, with an eye on progress in the last 6 years (up to cm size fibers now? which is actually impressive, with reports of a new acid extraction process) – maybe in DoE – which seems to have had a lot of $$$ for this sort of stuff in the last couple of years.
Or, maybe some actual company would care to “develop” this technology?
Like “General Electric”?
Or do they not actually do that kinda stuff any more???