Budget Breakthrough May Mean Little for Battered Research Agencies

Federal science agencies, like most of the government, are expecting to learn by the middle of the month how much money they can spend. And there's a good chance the amount will be more than it was last year.

That, however, may be the extent of the good tidings from Congress, which last month finally reached agreement on the general outline of a budget for the fiscal year that began last October. That's because any spending increases within that outline will likely be modest compared