Cuts in public funding hurting critical research
Recently the government of the United States has cut funding for science programs, going from small-scale programs all the way up to the NASA program. Many people have lost their jobs due to these cuts.
“Nearly half of the recipients who get federal science funding say they’ve recently laid off or will lay off scientists and researchers, because federal grants are tougher to win,” according to a survey by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 15 other scientific societies.
At Arkansas State University, 30 scientists and researchers have lost or will lose jobs by October from federal budget cuts at the Defense and Education departments that funded research detecting bombs and nerve agents, said Jennifer Liberto of CNN Money.
These cuts have not only affected the United States, but the world as a whole. The planetary science division looks for new life on other planets, and many other important things to do with exploring the universe.
“The Obama administration released its 2014 budget proposal on April 10, 2013. While the budget would set aside $17.7 billion for NASA, it would cut the agency’s previous $1.5 billion budget for the planetary science division by $200 million, proposed cuts included in NASA’s 2014 budget request would sabotage a mission to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter that could support life, scientists say,” said Tia Ghose from “Space.”
With all of the cuts to one of the most important fields that provide us with new ideas, new medicines and new theories of our world and other worlds and the universe even, it is lessening our knowledge as a nation and even as the world not having the funding to expand the important research that so many scientists and science programs do.