Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Re: Host a Scientific Expedition!
Following the end of World War II, and the dramatic defunding of the military (the folly of which was proven by the subsequent War in Korea) and much of the defense research the military had funded, members of Congress recognized the need for continued research/development in pursuit of national defense and therefore created the "National Science Foundation as an independent federal agency to...
"...promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"
...all laudable objectives. In FY 2010, the NSF budget exceeded $6,900,000,000 (or $6.9 Billion
dollars) of funding in pursuit (presumably) of such objectives.
Considering the current financial condition of the US Government (and, that the production of "silk" is beyond the capacity of arachnid fossils), this old fossil would like our young (also presumably) student to explain how his/her "research"... will/might "...advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense"? Or not...and merely his/her curiosity about "bio-diversty".
Here Homer Nods...
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."