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Basic Research under Attack

Since the current world-wide crisis began scientists have had very difficult times. Cuts in budgets and grants are a common difficulty that researchers have to handle in order to progress with their projects. Nevertheless, curiosity and perseverance  are major forces that can drive a scientist towards their goal even in such a harsh condition. However, there is a critical boundary that can kill the bravest researcher and this happens when the manager in charge of science in your own country; the one who has to protect you as a researcher, tells in a prestigious media that "we must now stop talking about the importance of science, and instead commit ourselves to the need for excellence in science" and "we need to change the number of researchers by maintaining and improving the quality of the contracts while reducing the quantity." You can find the full article in this link.
Of course the response of the scientific community has been quick, and with data that disqu…