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Science at a Funeral

Physicists and chemists in the UK delivered a coffin and a funeral wreath spelling the word "Science" to 10 Downing Street this week to make their displeasure at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's priorities known, says Ananyo Bhattacharya at the Nature News Blog. The researchers say that the body's regulations for distributing funding favor the councilor's priorities rather than curiosity-driven research, Bhattacharya says.

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