Why we need the explorers: Brian Cox on

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs — from space probes to the LHC — are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence. (Recorded at TEDSalon London 2010, April 2010 in London, England. Duration: 16:29)

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  • Janet Stevens commented on Aug 5 2010

    We need explorers and we need heroes to motivate and inspire young people to pursue science as careers. At the Space Foundation, we try to motivate students in many ways. Right now, we are trying to identify Space Heroes. Vote if you’d like to: