I don't know how it is like in the US, but it seems that here in Singapore, it is the case, AFAIK. Particle accelerators recieve limited funding even in places like the states, and of course, here in Singapore we have yet to think about building one, let alone get around to doing it. How can the pure sciences remain economically viable? Given, even though pursuing "truths" for the sake of knowledge would eventually see a few enterprising people put these new "truths" for technological progress. But the fact is that the pure sciences hardly yield profits, and its not self-sustaining, like particle accelerators, it needs to be fed with money but probably won't cough the money back up. How can the pure sciences (pure physics in particular) remain economically viable and contribute to it?