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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • Does anyone here listen to the radio station LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation)? I listen to it every weekday while I’m working. I don’t really have a favourite presenter (Nick Ferrari, James O’Brien, Shelagh Fogarty, Iain Dale), but I respect them all. http://www.lbc.co.uk/

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  • I’m planning a free day-long conference in Washington DC about private solutions to science education and research & development, tentatively for March 2016. So far, I’d like to invite Terence Kealey, Mary Ruwart, and Matt Ridley. Cato has a Science branch, and I’m sure Reason would be interested in being there. Got any other speaker recommendations for me? What organizations would be interested in being present at an event like this?

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  • This could have important implications: http://www.examiner.com/article/functional-connectivity-found-to-uniquely-identify-individuals Thoughts?

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  • http://capitalismisfreedom.com/scientists-just-discovered-first-earth-size-planet-support-life/

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