Thursday, April 03, 2008
Scientists Find Another, More Reasonable Universe | Wired Science from Wired.com: "Research funding. The public has demanded that basic science be funded at levels comparable to what is now spent on the Air Force. (The Navy budget goes to the arts.) Congress has established an endowment, overseen by the National Science Foundation, that is legally known as the Really Cool S--t Fund, and nobody complains about the Large Hadron Collider or other projects lacking immediately practical applications. When people do complain, they're sentenced to a day in the backyard with Legos, an erector set, a terrarium and a magnifying glass, and they can't come inside until they've enjoyed themselves."