Category Archives: Funding

A Small Example Of The Scientific Infrastructure Crisis: The Karst Edition

Despite what is commonly depicted in books, television, and movies, the state of much of our scientific infrastructure is threadbare: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Museums etc., Plants | 2 Comments

Ethics And Publication

Recently, Drugmonkey noted the following: If the lab head tells the trainees or techs that a specific experimental outcome* must be generated by them, this is scientific misconduct. Which brings us to this NYT article (boldface mine): The bee findings … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Ethics, Funding

Will The War On Science Become Budgetary?

Let’s ignore that Il Trumpe’s budget director nominee is a fan of the rightwing extremist John Birch Society. You know, what? Let’s not (boldface mine): In the speech, Mulvaney blasted the Federal Reserve, saying its actions have “effectively devalued the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Funding

Meanwhile, U.S. Suburbs Are Still Fiscally Unsustainable

I’ve made this point before, but the financial crisis soon to hit U.S. suburbia is another critical issue that wasn’t discussed at all during the presidential campaign, yet affects about half of all U.S. households (boldface mine): With infrastructure crumbling, … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Urban Planning | 1 Comment

Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Decaying

Let’s ignore for a moment that we just shut down a fusion power research center that recently set a scientific record. Because that’s just too depressing to think about. Instead, let’s move on to how we’re getting our butts kicked … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

Is NIH Purchasing Risk-Free Science?

Drugmonkey, building on a comment left at his blog, claims the following (boldface mine): This comment from dsks absolutely nails it to the wall. The NIH is supposed to be taking on a major component of the risk in scientific … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, NIH

Putting Defense Accounting Problems Into Scientific Context

What’s $62.4 billion among friends (boldface mine)? The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced…. The report affirms a 2013 … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, Funding, Military