Cutting-edge science requires expensive instrumentation. Think of the James Webb Space Telescope, the proposed replacement of the Hubble, and the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva that will soon go looking for the Higgs boson, the so-called "God Particle." These instruments are built with public money, and making the case is not always easy. An appeal could be made to curiosity and the spiritual edification of humankind. But that doesn't wash for everyone. See this week's Musing.
Click to enlarge Anne's Sunday Illumination.