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I don't post this to boast or anything, but because I'm honestly sad to see such a scientifically advanced country fall so severely behind in science. It can happen to the best.
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Fairness Post: There's also the Houston Space Center and the Bavarian Oktoberfest.
 
And for that matter, the Houston Space Center isn't doing science, it is promoting science. It's great and all, but it's a completely different point.
 
Isn't the US a huge supporter of the SHC?
 
How does such an idiotic non sequitur make it onto What's Hot. I could grab something scientific from the US, and something religious from Europe and make a picture too.
 
Basically: Get your Facebook-level garbage off my Google+.
 
I don't remember circling you. If you dislike my postings you're welcome to stay away from my postings. It's as simple as that.
 
It's kind of sad how a discussion can't be held without falling back on nationalist pride. I see the exact same symptoms of US falling behind in science in Sweden, even though it's not as obvious as we were never as high up in science to begin with. Can't we just discuss the problems and try to solve them?
 
If you end up on What's Hot, there's a good chance I'll comment on it. If it's really really really dumb, like this post, I'll probably say something to that effect.

For the record... how many times has a member of the European Union put man into space? How many times has any member of the EU put a scientific platform on Mars? Put a man on the Moon? By some measures, the EU's scientific capability is still sitting somewhere back in the 60s. I mean, you guys have been up there, but who got you there? The number of things we've discovered up there is beyond measure at this point.
 
So the EU has a bigger atom smasher than ours. Good for them, science benefits the entire globe. But comparing the LHC to some random museum that I'm sure nobody goes to in Kentucky of all places...
 
I don't mind you commenting (if I did I wouldn't post publically). I do mind when you ask a stranger to "get off your Google+".
 
Yes, science belongs to the entire world. But if someone in a group of scientists - or in this case a country - suddenly starts falling behind the rest, isn't there cause for pondering? For said group of scientists to say "hey, let's check what's going on here"?
 
+Anton Nordenfur Please don't paraphrase me. You're welcome to stay, I really hope you do. I said to get the garbage, namely a more or less baseless attack on another country, off.

The US' current position in science is interesting for discussion, but the above isn't representative.
 
"To me. the problem is that all the great scientific endeavours from the US, were war driven."

Yeah, which is sadly the case for the rest of the world too. Regrettably, war budgets generally outnumber science budgets hundredfold.
 
+Jake Weisz Criticism is not the same as attack. If my post had concluded "therefore US sucks and we should burn flags", things would have been different.
 
But it's not representative of our level of science advancement. Nowhere near. That being said, I'd definitely like to see more government funding for our science programs. There's more we could (and should) be doing.
 
+Jake Weisz The picture is clearly satirical, and doesn't honestly mean to imply that the Creation Museum is the US' latest scientific achievement. All it does is pull a joke while raising a point for discussion, which I believe all agree is worthwhile. 
 
Whilst I agree that the US does a lot of great science, it also has 10 anti-science asshats per one good scientist, which brings the rest of their nation's credibility down.
 
I think my biggest disappointment is how the space program has ground to a near halt. While I am hopeful that in the spirit of true capitalism and all that jazz, our new commercial spaceflight projects will yield something... most of them aren't nearly on the level as the space shuttle. I don't know if we'll see a legitimate superior to the shuttle in the next decade. In the atomic space, I actually live near one of our particle accelerators (at Fermilab) but I think in terms of the LHC being there, we might as well let you guys do the atom smashing since yours is bigger. ;)
 
Yeah, it's still to early for governments to entirely let go off space programs. In the future it will be cheap and promising enough for private business to take over, but we're clearly not there yet.
 
Well, I mean, everyone's seen what our military can do... and our military isn't building their own fighter jets. We have corporations build them for us, and then we buy them. We're trying to transition to that with the space program. Moving from a research agency building revolutionary prototype spacecraft, to corporations building mass-producible, reliable transport vehicles into space. But the money the government is putting out in grants to these companies is only big enough for the tiny little capsules and such we see being worked on now. A program like designing the space shuttle is unmatched, and we'd need an unmatched amount of money to develop a new one.
 
+Jake Weisz The "commercial" spaceflight programs currently all depend totally on NASA. It's their only customer. In other words, the "commercial" spaceflight programs are paid for by American tax payers. I sure hope this will change someday, but I probably won't live to see it.
 
The United States just landed a science lab the size of a humvee on Mars. :) Take that, Europe.
 
That's pretty freaking awesome indeed! Good going humanity!
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