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By the numbers: Is basic research worth it?

Across the United States, scientists depend on funding from [federal agencies] to conduct research and pay students and staff. Their research examines a vast array of fields, from the examination of subatomic particles to the birth of galaxies at the edge of the known universe.

From The Statesman:

“During tense economic times, arguments over the federal budget and national debt have caused many Americans to lose sight of the tremendous value of science. But as the nation grows increasingly worried about the economy, are we aware of the real cost of basic research?

Consider the National Science Foundation: Across the United States, scientists depend on funding from the foundation to conduct research and pay students and staff. Their research examines a vast array of fields, from the examination of subatomic particles to the birth of galaxies at the edge of the known universe. These endeavors sound very expensive, yet they only cost each of us about $22 dollars a year…”

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