Via the supercool Gia comes this great video of an interview with Sir David King, president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and my pal Professor Brian Cox. They are talking about the LHC, and King says we should be spending money not on things like the LHC but on more practical science.
Brian then opens a can of intellectual whoopbutt (sorry, family blog) on King. Behold the gloriousity that is Brian Cox:
Brian is completely right. All science has spinoffs, and sometimes powerful ones. Not only that, we don't know what they will be in advance (usually) so, guided by our wisdom, it pays to let basic research go wherever the science will lead it.