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Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.
Government isn't that good at rapid advancement of technology. It tends to be better at funding basic research. To have things take off, you've got to have commercial companies do it.
If you don't invest in basic research at some stage you start losing the basis of applied research.
Why do we do basic research? To learn about ourselves.
If our society continues to support basic research on how living organisms function, it is likely that my great grandchildren will be spared the agony of losing family members to most types of cancer.
Paul D. Boyer
I do think actually in this case the government does get credit for funding some of the basic research.
Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research.
A meticulous virtual copy of the human brain would enable basic research on brain cells and circuits or computer-based drug trials.
I support basic research, which can lead to discoveries that change our world, expand our horizons and save lives.
Lamar S. Smith
Industry now should become a full partner of government in supporting longrange basic research.
Kenneth G. Wilson
The United States should pursue a more robust agenda for U.S. competitiveness and innovation focused on a lower-carbon economy, including investments in education, basic research and development, infrastructure, retraining, retirement security, and universal health care.
I like to get paid for doing basic research, so it's pleasant to write some nonfiction about it.
The U.S. can still maintain research institutions, such as Caltech, that are the envy of the world, yet it would be hubristic and naive to think that this position is sustainable without investing in science education and basic research.
Basic research is very useful, but it should be more geared toward application than it was before.
Personally, I attach great importance to research in fundamental sciences because I believe that no applied or developmental research can do without basic research as the wellspring and driving force. But, in this world of ours, often because of material gains and immediate interests, it is easy to neglect basic research. This should be avoided.
I'm truly glad I've managed to get the public interested in questions about basic research.
It is particularly pleasing to see how purely basic research, originally aimed at testing the genetic identity of different cell types in the body, has turned out to have clear human health prospects.
The work I was involved in had no obvious therapeutic benefit. It was purely of scientific interest. I hope the country will continue to support basic research even though it may have no obvious practical value.
I have always focused on basic research, motivated by a desire to understand the world.
Basic research is to work at the very edge, the very border of, of knowledge, and move that border forward. You look and look for new secrets, and you don't know where it's going to lead you.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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