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Beware of e-mails that have recently circulated masquerading as a warning from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) about the information you give to the U.S. Census. An e-mail, which falsely claims to be from the Better Business Bureau about the upcoming 2010 Census, is causing confusion among consumers. This e-mail scam is misappropriating the BBB’s name in order to spread falsehoods about census participation and might scare people away from the count or encourage a lack of cooperation with census takers. The 2010 Census field representatives will never ask you for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card number. They also never solicit donations nor contact you by e-mail. The 2010 Census will ask for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home—10 simple questions that will take about 10 minutes to answer. Answers are protected by law and not shared with anyone. For more information, see ct.bbb.org/article/phony-bbb-e-mail-spreads-fiction-about-2010-census-15046.
The state of the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise in America is strong, yet its lead is slipping, according to data released by the National Science Board (NSB). Prepared biennially and delivered to the President and Congress on even numbered years by January 15 as statutorily mandated, Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) data provide information on the scope, quality and vitality of America’s science and engineering enterprise. SEI 2010 sheds light on America’s position in the global economy. Over the past decade, R&D intensity—how much of a country’s economic activity or gross domestic product is expended on R&D—has grown considerably in Asia, while remaining steady in the United States. For more information on the Science and Engineering Indicators 2010, see www.nsf.gov/statistics/indicators.