Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is public science, and why do you need it?

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Did you use a browser to zoom around on the internet today? Have you ever been vaccinated? If you answered yes to either of those questions, your life has already been made better through publicly-funded science in America. Public science is basic scientific research funded by governments, and just in America alone it's led to breakthroughs in everything from medicine to clean energy. But now public science is under threat. Here's why — and why we can't afford to lose it.
The Science Fiction blog IO9.com has a nice overview on the value of basic research funded by the US government and some of the myths about science funding.  Don't rely on know-nothing blowhards who tell you the US should cut funding for science.  Check it out.

What is public science, and why do you need it?
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1 comment:

Brown Ada said...

The original aim for public science is to benefit the citizens. With no public drug discovery and development, we wouldn't recovery so soon from disease. As we all know that smallpox is a life-taking illness in ancient times. Without public science, we would't have the chance to know what happened everywhere in the world just with several clicks.