Build More Bridges To Basic Science

In the wake of science's huge contribution to victory in World War II, the federal government embarked on a momentous policy. The idea was that if Washington poured money into basic science, both civilian and military, America would reap the rewards. For decades, the policy worked. The U.S. built up the strongest research enterprise the world has ever seen, creating high-tech weapons, new treatments for disease, even new industries, such as bio-technology and computing. But times have changed. In today's global economic competition, funding science in the hope of eventual spin-offs is no longer adequate. Even though we still win most of the Nobel prizes, America isn't winning the race to utilize the new discoveries.

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