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David Willetts, the UK's minister for universities and science, recently said that curiosity-driven research is good, and that the government shouldn't be too concerned with the economic value of it, which often takes time to fully emerge. Most researchers would agree, says Imperial College London researcher Michael Duff in The Guardian.

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