[Video Link] John Edgar Park says:
You might have heard that congressional debt supercommittee has officially failed its mandate to reduce the federal deficit. As things currently stand, mandatory budget cuts going into effect in 2013 will slash 9% of all federal R&D funding (about $13 billion).Stand With Science: A Call to Congress
The US can't afford to stop investing in science. A group of grad students at MIT has launched a Stand With Science campaign to ask Congress to protect federal funding for innovation. They've gathered almost 10,000 signatures via university listservs and word of mouth, but we need your voice. Congress still has time to enact other deficit reduction measures instead. We must make sure every last Representative and Senator realizes the value of research, and realizes the public supports it.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects