Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs.

Balloon-like dwelling to be tested on Int'l Space Station

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A low-cost space dwelling that inflates like a balloon in orbit will be tested aboard the International Space Station, opening the door for commercial leases of future free-flying outposts and deep-space astronaut habitats for NASA. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, nicknamed BEAM, will be the third orbital prototype developed and flown by privately owned Bigelow Aerospace.

Spanish cuts widen Europe's north-south research divide

MADRID (Reuters) - Amanda Bolanos, a young Spanish scientist, knows she will not be coming home. "Exiled in Cambodia" read the banner the molecular biologist carried at a protest in Madrid against government cutbacks. Back on leave from Phnom Penh, the 30-year-old researcher plans to head for Latin America if her present contract in Cambodia is not renewed. She sees little chance of finding work in Spain.