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WorldsandCenturies Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
I don't quite get the comic. Outside of the departmental overheads, everything else ties into research. Renting lab space, publication fees, scientists getting paid...how is that bad? You can't do research if you don't have a place to work, anyone working, or a chance to publish your work.
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Velica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
Not arguing about scientists getting paid. That's fair enough (we're underpaid if anything).

However, as a government or a research institution that sets up to facilitate the production of science why charge the scientists exorbitant amounts of their grants to pay for rent and core facilities? 

At the moment many universities treats their researchers as costumers: you work for them fore free (salary comes from grant), you pay rent for lab space (from grants), overheads (from grants) and pay inflated prices to access core facilities (again from grants). The little that is left from said grants is used to do the actual research (read: buy reagents and materials) and the results produced hastily turned to publications (with high publication fees paid by... you got it, the grants) in order to get more grants to pay for the whole thing again. 

If you are a government set to fund and stimulate science the least you could do is to transfer the basic costs of research (housing and core facilities) out of the researcher's back. It's already hard as it is.
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Half the reason I don't give much to charities. :P

To be fair though, you wouldn't be able to research cancer without all those paid scientists and labs.
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sulfide Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
That darned paywall.
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
... and secure data storage ... don't forget that!
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ButtSensei Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
OH MAN
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