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Rich Isaacson, seen in his backyard in Pentagon City, Va., wrote his thesis on gravitational waves and says he always thought their existence would be proved sometime during his career. But he didn't realize that trying to see them would become his career. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics

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Grants funded by the National Science Foundation have seen a drop in the use of the phrase "climate change" in public summaries. Katie Park and Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Climate Scientists Watch Their Words, Hoping To Stave Off Funding Cuts

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The relationship between science and the government shifted dramatically in the wake of World War II, when the fruits of basic research resulted in an applied technology that changed the course of the war and world forever. Above, a nuclear explosion at the Trinity Site on July 16, 1945. Los Alamos National Laboratory hide caption

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