Science: Benefits of Private Research

These days the scientific headlines all seem to spring from the multimillion dollar Government contracts that send one spaceship after another into orbit and beyond. But all the advances in military weaponry, all the new moves into space, require more than Government money; they dip deep into man's slowly accumulated capital of basic scientific research. And nowhere is that capital reaccumulated more earnestly than in the private laboratories of U.S. industry.

Just how well those U.S. labs accomplish their self-appointed task was spelled out last week when Physicist Sir John Cockcroft delivered a...

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