PBS NewsHour

Why research for the pure sake of knowing is good enough

Clip: 05/25/2016 | 3m 37s

Duke University biologist Sheila Patek has faced criticism from lawmakers over her research into mantis shrimp and trap-jaw ants, with some calling her government-funded studies a waste of taxpayer money. But according to Patek, not only do her findings have important practical applications, but scientific inquiry is most fruitful when knowledge is sought for its own sake, not to justify budgets.

Aired: 05/25/16

Rating: NR

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