Originally Posted by Akula2ssn
Anyway, applied research might have more immediate gains or at least it's easier to sell it as such. Basic research is harder to do so. Especially with something like this. Also in tight economic times, research in general is kind of hard to make a case for because it's still a "what if" scenario.
One's about human benefit the other is about human curiousiity.
I would say saving lives would mean more than satisfiying my need for knowledge in general.