It obviously is still talk and yet to happen, but Obama's speech yesterday to the NAS gives hope for more investment in science research.
I've never understood conservative opposition to scientific research. Look past the actual subject of the research - an extremely difficult request I know, as the subjects make for endless political hay on wasteful government spending - and look at the additional consequences of the work. 90+% of the grad students and post-docs are going to work in industry making nice, taxable salaries, much higher than what they would have made without the advanced degrees. And if the research is actually useful in the end, then it's even that much more of a win.
The speech is a quick read, but worthwhile.
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