Why Isn’t the US Government Funding Research?

thesandbender writes “The recent post about GM opening it’s own battery research facility led me to wonder why the US government is pouring billions into buying companies instead of heavily funding useful research. You can give billion to a company to squander or you can invest billion into a battery research and just give the findings to the whole of the US industry for free. From a historical standpoint, the US government has little experience with commercial enterprise… but has an amazing record for driving innovation. The Manhattan Project and the Apollo Moon missions are two of the pinnacles of the 20th century tech achievement, yet it seems to me that this drive died in the 70’s and that’s when the US started it’s slow decline. To be true to the ‘Ask Slashdot’ theme… what practical research do you think the US government should embark upon to get the most return for it’s citizens and the world?”

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 Uncategorized