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- n. Research performed without regard to practical applications.
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And as Dr. Langer points out, our declining support for basic research has a direct impact on the number of young people going into math, science, and engineering-which helps explain why China is graduating eight times as many engineers as the United States every year.
The findings of Project Hindsight are usually interpreted to mean that applied research contributes more directly to the creation of a technological innovation than does basic research hardly a surprising conclusion.
If we want an innovation economy, one that generates more Googles each year, then we have to invest in our future innovators-by doubling federal funding of basic research over the next five years, training one hundred thousand more engineers and scientists over the next four years, or providing new research grants to the most outstanding early-career researchers in the country.
That same year, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, was formed, providing billions of dollars to basic research that would eventually help create the Internet, bar codes, and computer-aided design.