Infographic: Science R&D Spending in the Federal Budget

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Federal funding for basic science, including stem-cell research and climate-change studies, could hinge on what happens in the newly Republican-controlled House of Representatives. However, if the past is any guide, dollars allocated for science will transcend both politics and the economy. Here's a look at science funding over the years.

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Karl Tate
LiveScience Infographic Artist
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.