Why the U.S. Must Invest in What's Next

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Over at the Washington Post, Shirley Ann Jackson from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute writes that the United States is at an interesting inflexion point where Big Data, HPC, and Web science could drive our economy for generations–but only if we continue fund the science.

But looming, deep federal cuts in scientific research and development funding could do significant damage. These cuts stand to dramatically slow the pace of economic growth in the U.S., undermine our national security, hinder our competitiveness, and reverse any recent gains we have made in developing the human capital — the young scientists and engineers – so essential for innovation.

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