I had a debate with my dad today. At the core, there were questions like: How does the Higgs boson affect my life? Why do we spend so much money at CERN? Couln't they do smaller experiments? Why do we look for extraterrestial planets although we lack a decent spaceship to even get there? Why do we spend money on an ISS and not on communication satellites? I am still pretty young and just started with my Bachelor in Physics (first year). So I mentioned Heinrich Hertz and what EM-waves mean in our lives today. He said that the stuff that we just saw at CERN was thought up 50 years ago. Einstein's theory is even older. And Hertz was even older. There is nothing current. Maybe I have a too strong “progress for the sake of progress”-mentality to see how unuseful current research is. Are there any good examples of how current research really makes a change in todays life?