“People are shocked at the reduction in public science.”
This is an interesting discussion. Personally, in all my years, I haven't seen much from public science. When did it all start? I think it was in the 60's when the Russians spurted ahead, that we started the public 'Cold war with Science'. After that, everybody went nuts with public science for the 'Greater Good'.
Now public science is very old and tired, much like old companies such as Apple. Shouldn't we just put them out of their misery?