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Science in the U.S. is slated for a devastating blow on January 2, 2013 when the debt deal Congress passed last year kicks in, implementing a 9% cut in science funding lasting until 2021. While university infrastructures will be hit hard, the cuts will put a chokehold on research funding, reducing grants and increasing competition for them. Yet, there’s hope. An alternative to federal funding recently launched named Petridish.org, a Kickstarter-esque startup that democratizes science funding by crowdsourcing it, providing a platform for researchers to pitch their science proposals directly to the public and allowing users to make scientific history by backing them. But is the public ready to engage science research so directly? I had a chance to chat with Matt Salzberg, Founder and CEO of Petridish, to find out.
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I'm surprised there is even a question about this.
 
meanwhile the Canadian government won't let its scientists talk to the media without specific written approval for each request. Just idiotic all around.
 
That's terrible, Suzanne. Why would someone want to be a scientist under those conditions?
 
+Heidi Schabziger it is a recent change brought in by the Conservative Prime Minister. It keeps scientific facts like, the radiation reaching Canada from Fukushima, and the environmental effects of the Tar-Sands etc, out of the press.
 
Didn't know the word conservative meant big government in Canada.
 
+Heidi Schabziger sadly it does, and the official name of the party is "Progressive Conservative" to add to the irony.
 
Awe yes, another move to send us to the rear.
 
How well will this work for medicine? The sickest people, with rarer diseases, and their families generally do not have a lot to donate. Can't work/compete agressively etc. This is a question that keeps coming up with anti-taxation discussions ...
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