this really isn't the right place for this but a lot of practicing researchers reply here so i figured this was the best place to ask this. what is done with the remnants of experiments that fail/finish/lose funding? at the lab i'm working at right now we have a humongous SMES coil just sitting around collecting dust. it's the remnants of a project that ran out of funding but the thing probably cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make. it seems like such a colosul waste of money that it just sits there and is useless. now i intend to go into research and am all for more funding for it but it is absurd to me that so much money is spent and then nothing comes of it. lets not make this a debate about the other places government tax dollars are wasted though. what is usually done? and does anyone want to buy a 10ft diameter SMES coil? probably only a couple hours of use???