Basic scientific research is a public good, like education and roads. It is a long-term investment in our countries' futures, and the future of our planet.
Public Science Triumphs is an ongoing series that io9 is running in partnership with several other publications that cover the sciences. On November 23, the U.S. Congress has pledged that its budget supercommittee will present a proposal for US$1.2 trillion in cuts to government spending. That will be the moment of truth for publicly-funded science institutions in America. Until then, we offer this series in the hope that you and U.S. government representatives will remember that science is a non-partisan public good, which enriches both local and global economies — as well as improving human life.