Fine Structure

No More Physics Research at Bell Labs

Bell Labs has all but shut down their fundamental physics research program which was responsible for, among other things, the transistor, laser and fractional quantum hall effect. Two things come to mind: firstly, can you imagine what life would be like if the miniaturization of technology via transistors had been 10 years later? And secondly, I think it goes without saying that these kinds of go-build-something-cool research institutions are incredibly valuable. Where else do these exist today and what can we do to foster more of them?
http://physicsandphysicists.blogspot.com/2008/08/bell-labs-bottoms-out.html

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