Fine Structure

I <3 Basic Research

Stephen Chu knows the value of basic research labs and it shows in his FY2010 Department of Energy budget proposal. Included are "Energy Innovation Hubs" which Chu envisions as throwbacks to the 60s-era research labs that we owe so many of our technological advances to.

Linked is a story on our missing basic research labs from NPR. They blame the risk-averse big companies that used to have research labs, such as AT&T. Does that make sense in our culture? As our financial systems were going riskier and riskier, our big companies are taking the slow safe route? The article invokes the federal government to reinstitute these research labs but that doesn't really strike me as the right answer. Can't we depend on ourselves rather than going in for the handout from the federal government? ]