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US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban

nasa faces backlash from us researchers

A law passed in March prohibits anyone from China from setting foot in a Nasa building. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APNasa is facing an extraordinary backlash from US researchers after it emerged that the space agency has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference on grounds of national security.Nasa officials rejected applications from Chinese nationals who hoped to attend the meeting at the agency's Ames research centre in California next month citing a law, passed in March, which prohibits anyone from China setting foot in a Nasa building.The law is part of a broad and aggressive move initiated by congressman Frank Wolf, chair of the House appropriations committee, which has jurisdiction over Nasa. It aims to restrict the foreign nationals' access to Nasa facilities, ostensibly to counter espionage.But the ban has angered many US scientists who say Chinese students and researchers in their labs are being discriminated against. A growing number of US scientists have now decided to boycott the meeting in protest, with senior academics withdrawing individually, or pulling out their entire

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06 Oct
Jason Yip @jchyip
US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban http://t.co/xy3V4DXgnw
05 Oct
Ariel Waldman @arielwaldman
RT @BenLillie: Woah. Congress makes NASA ban Chinese nationals from conference, other researchers boycott. http://t.co/AkLDZ89LO0 (via @ari…
05 Oct
Hacker News 20 @newsyc20
US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban http://t.co/ftB5NnVSDE (http://t.co/8tNlurnp0q)
05 Oct
Jan @bm_
RT @newsycombinator: US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban http://t.co/rklfzUGY5T
05 Oct
Matt Mechtley @biphenyl
Xenophobe Congressional restrictions prevent Chinese collaborators from attending NASA Kepler conf. http://t.co/App3sHAR3i via @AstroKatie