Science: Basic Report

The U.S. must increase its support of basic scientific research if it does not want to fall behind Soviet Russia in both pure science and the practical technology that is based upon it. This is the considered opinion of the Government-supported National Science Foundation, which last week issued a 64-page report called Basic Research—A National Resource.

After defining basic research as fundamental investigation in science which may or may not have ultimate practical significance, the report estimates that about 14% of all Soviet scientists spend their time in this sort of long-range work, on which the advances of the future will be...

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