The Clinton Administration has proposed the biggest spending boost ever for science and technology, a total of $78.2 billion. The request, part of the President's federal budget for fiscal 1999, faces a bumpy ride in Congress, however. The budget includes broad hikes for R&D in fields of energy, medicine, space, environment, and information science. The Administration earmarked $14.8 billion for research projects launched by the National Institutes of Health, an 8% gain over fiscal 1998. R&D at the Department of Energy would get $7.2 billion, up 11%, largely for the Climate Change Technology Initiative. Defense-related research would rise 5% to $4.3 billion. A 10% increase to $3.8 billion is proposed for research grants issued by the National Science Foundation. The Commerce Department's Technology Administration would get $725 million. About half of that would go for technology development and industrial outreach, mostly through the Advanced Technology Program--which keeps dodging the budget axe--and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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