Big Picture Science – Shutting Down Science

by Gary Niederhoff on October 27, 2013

Big Picture Science – Shutting Down Science

“Sorry, closed for business.” That sign hung on doors of national laboratories when the US government shut down. What that meant for one Antarctic researcher: her critically important work was left out in the cold.

So just what do we lose when public funds for science fade? The tools for answering big questions about our universe for one, says a NASA scientist … while one of this year’s Nobel Prize winners fears that it is driving our young researchers to pursue their work overseas.

Yet one scientist says publicly funding isn’t even necessary; privatizing science would be more productive.

Plus, an award-winning public-private research project changes the way we use GPS … and a BBC reporter on the fate of international projects when Americans hang up their lab coats.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Jill Mikucki on having to leave the Antarctic
Part 2: Max Bernstein on NASA’s shutdown setbacks
Part 3: James Rothman laments diminishing science funding
Part 4: Alexandre Bayen on the value of public/private co-funding
Part 5: Pat Michaels makes an argument against public funding of science
Part 6: Roland Pease on what is lost in the defunding of science

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