Useless Science?

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    I am all for finding out more and more interesting stuff. And people are always interested in the weird and wonderful ways of dogs and cats.


    But if you asked if someone should be obliged to give up lunch money to find this out, I think the answer would be no.
     
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    Science is never "useless". One discovery always leads to another. The reason many Republicans see science as "useless" is because it's really, really "hard".
     
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    You generalize so well.

    The dog study was not useless. Some studies are. I will be back with a list before the morning tide.


    on edit: here's one that might not be totally useless, but do look at the cost...a large portion of it likely paying a nice salary to a tax leech or two. Let private industry fund the research in the areas they choose.

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    0173834
    CS=, FS= IDENTIFYING NO.: 9421491 AGENCY CODE: NSF
    /TI Pollutant Exchange Processes at Active Water-Sediment Interfaces
    AU=, IN= PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Brooks, Norman H Dr.
    AU=, IN= ASSOCIATE INVESTIGATORS: Morgan, James J
    /CO,CO=,CS=,PO= PERFORMING ORG.: California Institute of Technology, Keck Lab of
    CY=, ST=, ZP= Hydraulics & Water Resrcs, Pasadena, CA 91125
    PM= PROJECT MONITOR: Edward H. Bryan
    /CO, CO=, SP= SPONSORING ORG.: National Science Foundation, DIV OF BIOENGINEERING &
    ENVIRON SYSTEMS, Washington, D.C., 20550
    SD=, CD=, FY= DATES: 950315 TO 980228 FY: 97 FUNDS: $391,809 TYPE OF AWARD:
    TA= Continuing Grant
    /AB SUMMARY: 9421491 Brooks This is an award to support research, the
    objective of which is to obtain an understanding of the fundamental
    physical and chemical processes that control the interchange of substances
    in alluvial sediments of flowing water streams with the water as affected
    by the sediment bed forms such as ripples and dunes. The basic approach
    being taken in this research is the conduct of experiments in recirculating
    laboratory flumes under very carefully controlled conditions of flow, water
    quality, the bed media and the nature of the substances dissolved or in
    particulate form being exchanged at the bed-fluid interface. This is a
    renewal of research previously conducted under NSF Grant No. 91-05965.
    Results of this research may be applied to answering important questions
    relating to the pollutional effects that substances in bottom sediments
    of water bodies have on the overlying water quality. This knowledge is
    likely to be applied in environmental engineering practice to determine
    approaches to removal of potential water pollutants and contaminants from
    sediments and in determining locations for wastewater treatment plants that
    would minimize the undesirable effects on environmental quality of their
    effluent discharges and management practices for residual sludges.
    /DE DESCRIPTORS: Environmental NEC


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