We are left with university researchers with specialized knowledge, and places like Pacific Northwest National Labs. We have military facilities like the Navy research labs at Carderock, NAVAIR Florida, and the Air Forces Arnold Engineering Development Center. We also have medical schools and research hospitals, such as Johns Hopkins. Each is profoundly creative. We must not forget that NASA has been an incredibly prodigious generator of innovation for 50 years, as well as the granddaddy of great R&D sponsors, the Defense Advanced Research Project Administration (DARPA). The next time someone tells you that the government has no place funding innovation, think about what these institutions have produced and ask two things: Where would we be without these efforts? What company would have provided the long term, patient money for the entire process from the fundamental science to the final commercialization? Our Myopic Society | Product Design and Development When you point out the "Triple Helix" of "Universities, Business and Government" the right wing laughs. Remember, this is a group that believes "science is a faith, evolution a lie and Climate Change a conspiracy". Listening to them is listening to the Geico Man. Those in Asia refer to it as the "Golden Helix". Republicans call it a lie.