From the Huffington Post, Steve Cohen writes about the trend in the United States of decreased funding for basic scientific research and the consequences this could have for our country.
The Danger of Cutting Federal Science FundingDeclining funding in the U.S. must be examined in the context of global competition. Nations like China and Korea are increasing their investments in science by about 10% a year. The Academy notes that federal research funding is declining as a share of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. While once it was over 1 percent of our GDP, it has been declining throughout the 21st century. There was a brief bump from the frequently maligned federal stimulus program, but that is rapidly becoming a fond if distant memory.

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