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Efficient, useful blue-light LED draws Nobel Prize in physics - CNET
"I am troubled by some who say if the government funds research, it should only be...directed towards things that have a practical application," Dylla said. "The trouble with that limited view is that most of what ended up as practical applications of science have come from rather unfettered basic research on the nature of matter or how energy interacts with matter."

For example Einstein's famously mind-bending theory of general relativity may seem remote. But ignoring it would make navigation with today's GPS satellites "highly inaccurate."

"You can trace many advances in science and engineering that have obvious and immediate practical applications to a foundation of basic science," he said.
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october 2014 by kme

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