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Brazil’s Deep Cuts To Science Funding Will Lock Country In The Past

Enlarge this image monsitj/Getty Images/iStockphoto As a Brazilian-born scientist, it pains me to witness the devastating cuts — and proposal of future additional reductions — to the country’s science funding. The cut of 44 percent in March brought the 2017 budget for Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications the lowest level in 12 years. Additional cuts of about 16 percent have been proposed for the 2018 budget. The situation is so dire that science centers may have difficulty paying their electricity bills and, of course, personnel will be…

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