posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 04:39 PM
As I read on the CNN site today, the Hubble telescope has been conclusively slated for de-orbit. Coincidentally, I learnt today that due to slashing
the budget of natural sciences such as particle phyics, there will be continuous process of reduction of stuff at a particular National Lab.
Fundamental research is one thing, among others, that makes this nation so unique. What America is now, is in many way the product of labor of scores
of scientists in every imaginable area of physics, biology, chemistry, math etc etc. The list of American Nobel Laureats is so extensive is, in large
part, due to the fact that science in the US was growing in the 20th century, not shrinking.
Now, the best, world class projects are being shut down or crippled, due to flat or declining budgets. This comes against the backdrop of the fiscal
black hole aka Iraq.
These are sad days, and what the present administration is doing today will have a deeply negative effect on the quality of academia and research in
this country, which will percolate in other areas of life.