Durbin, who was speaking before HPC researchers at Argonne, said cutbacks may prompt some researchers to question their commitment to government-funded basic research.
Those researchers may ask, "'I'm going to give my life to this so some politicians in Washington can decide next year that they aren't going to fund my project?'" Durbin said. It may prompt researchers to move on to other work, and "that's what troubles me."
Other countries, said Durbin, are "dreaming of getting ahead of the U.S. when it comes to basic research."
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