Researchers seek to fend off restrictions on National Science Foundation grant programmes.
It is not unusual for conservative politicians in the United States to question the value of social-science research. Studies of anything from global social networks to the history of conservation in South America have proved irresistible to Republicans keen to argue that funding would reap greater rewards elsewhere. But this year, researchers in the field received a sharp shock when those criticisms morphed into tangible restrictions. (...) - Nature, by Sarah Zhang, 12/11/2013