The Guardian has an article about the beauty of algorithms which credits mathematicians as the developer of algorithms (as opposed to computer scientists). Don't feel too much envy for the mathematicians, as Wired blames a mathematician for the financial crisis.
Yesterday's Science Times has two articles on the Obama administration and science. John Tierney writes about how scientists do not always frame science policy issues well. Gardiner Harris and Kenneth Chang write about the immediate needs for the science money in the stimulus bill.
"It would be the height of embarrassment," Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington said, "if we give these grants and find out that institutions are not spending them to hire people and make purchases and advance the science the way they’re designed to do."
No problem says Harris and Chang, universities have plenty of "beaker-ready" projects ready to go.
For those who don't follow Scott's blog, check out the Globe article quoting him and Arora on computational intractability.