Short items, January 2009
India’s basic research fund
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced a new independent agency will be set up to fund the country’s basic science and engineering research. The National Science and Engineering Research Board will begin funding operations from 1 April 2009, and is expected to control a budget of 10 billion rupees (?138 million).
The US EPA has opened a 60 day consultation over the risks posed by formaldehyde emissions from products made of pressed wood, for which it’s used as a preservative. The issue gained prominence after Hurricane Katrina, because the emissions were linked to the health problems suffered by many of people living in temporary housing built for displaced New Orleans families. EPA plans to assess the potential adverse health risks, and evaluate the costs and benefits of possible emission control technologies.
Second phase funding
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the final cash handouts from its first ever ’Advanced Grants’ competition - a
The number of substances registered by the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The 40 millionth substance - registered on 21 November 2008 with CAS registry number 1073662-18-6 - is a polycyclic synthetic intermediate of anti-tumour compound Taxol.