I can't not respond to this kind of comment.
@mcnees That was my first tweet that went “viral” over on birdsite (well, viral back in mid-2015, which meant anything over 1000 RTs).
I’m putting my defense of basic-research-for-its-own-sake up here for continuity with my presence on that other platform.
Note the dead link. It points to NPR’s now-nonexistent comments section.
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