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Warm Words for Basic Research

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Science  12 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5370, pp. 1686
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5370.1686

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Last week, several science-minded senators put the finishing touches on draft legislation to double civilian R&D funding over the next 12 years, while a panel of industrialists and university presidents issued a report that said the federal approach to basic research requires some tweaking but no dramatic changes. Meanwhile, the chair of a House study on science policy that is nearing completion praised the economic payoff from basic research, but warned that the government should be wary of funding applied research.