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Concentrated funding may lead to science bubble

Global funding for research is too focused on a few major areas, undermining the quality and diversity of research and science, according to an article written by two Danish academics.

Vincent Hendricks from the University of Copenhagen and David Budtz Pedersen, a post-doc at Aarhus University, published their article “Science Bubbles” in the journal Philosophy and Technology.

The article points to neuroscience, as one of the fields where "bubble" funding is causing damage. The authors cite the past decade’s large-scale investments in cognitive neuroscience as a potential bubble, from the $1 billion Brain Activity Map Project in the US to the European Commission’s €500-million Human Brain Project.

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