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Old 06-16-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I think Europe is taking over our former "hotbed" for Physics. With The Large Hadron Collider And numerous Big Science Projects, Europe is poised to supplant the U.S. in this area. This will prove to be a great mistake as cutting edge research/scientists will obviously be drawn towards Europe. What do other people think?
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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We had the opportunity to have the large collider right here in Texas back in the 90's. The land had already been bought. It would have encircled Dallas, but the politicians nixed the idea. There was a lot of jelousy about Texas getting the collider and I'm sure Illinois played a big role in it. Now we're paying the price. It all goes back to the 70's and not spending much money on research. If NASA could have kept going, we would already have been to Mars and we would have permanent bases on the moon. People are just throwing money after the poor and they are getting no return for the dollar. Private moeny should go to the poor and public funds should be funding these large research projects. Now with this economy, we're in deep d# d#.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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We had the opportunity to have the large collider right here in Texas back in the 90's. The land had already been bought. It would have encircled Dallas, but the politicians nixed the idea. There was a lot of jelousy about Texas getting the collider and I'm sure Illinois played a big role in it. Now we're paying the price. It all goes back to the 70's and not spending much money on research. If NASA could have kept going, we would already have been to Mars and we would have permanent bases on the moon. People are just throwing money after the poor and they are getting no return for the dollar. Private moeny should go to the poor and public funds should be funding these large research projects. Now with this economy, we're in deep d# d#.
I remember they even had most of the tunneling done for the "Super Collider", what a waste to abandon the project after spending Billions.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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Thank your politicians for that, and the short sightedness. If it don't bring in votes and if it don't turn an immediate profit, it's a waste of time. (That's their motto) But we all know the knowledge doesn't work that way. It takes time and resources, planning, studies.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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I would have to say maybe? But then again I have to wonder if it even really matters? Any important discoveries in physics generally are so few and far between that the information is globally dispersed by the time the next thing comes around. The type of physics we are talking about here is not like the semiconductor industry for instance, which requires everyone who wishes to survive to constantly be on the cutting edge.

Another thing is to consider is the power and resources of the Federal US government, particularly all the things that they keep out of public view. Certainly doing much more behind the curtains than any European government. Lord willing I make it to heaven, thats the first question im gonna spit out. Besides screwing over it's citizens, I would love to know everything our government has been doing over the past century and how the gobble up oogles of money on "defense" technology.
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