I have a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVYRcHOqDW8 that is called "flaws in how science is funded" or something like that. I think it is informative to look at it. My proposal is that science funding is immune to public input and it is decided by people who are put there for political reasons.
And this situation must be fixed. You cannot just pump money into the "sexy" bits of science and expect it to devellop properly. It ends up like a house without a foundation.
I also have a playlist which inspired the video
http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?pi=0&ps=20&sa=0&dm=0&p=5099F55F935FC... which has a couple of videos of an english scientist after failing and succeeding in getting funding for projects. Just check out those 2 videos and ask yourself if that scientist has ANY influence in the direction that science is moving in?
I know there is a really big problem because I do solar cooker research in my back yard. Just as a hobby.
In the past few years I have done stuff that nobody else has ever done!
And I have to ask why.
I am nothing special and the amount of resources I put to it are tiny.
Why has it not been done? Governments, NGO's, environmentalists and the UN are all saying that solar cooking is a really good way to save trees in many dry tropical areas. People use wood for cooking fires. You use solar cookers and that equals saving wood. Solar cookers are provided with carbon offset money in several countries. Now they even pay people to USE solar cookers in parts of India!
So how come they have not even tried (with propper r and d) to find better shapes for solar cooker reflectors?? The latest thing I have done is called the solar design T_square. It is to be used to design solar cooker reflectors with long unattended cook times. A few people have checked it out and see nothing wrong with it. Thing is, the shapes and configurations it comes up with are nothing like those been given away to those people in India! (Mostly parabolic dishes). There are known safety issues with parabolic dishes for solar cooking but the powers that be have not done anything to design something different.
I made a prototype, recorded figures and suggested advantages with "compound parabolic" dishes a year and a half ago. Nobody followed through. Almost a year ago, I did a video that suggested that a "winston w dish" had better characteristics too but again nobody followed through.
These are available to the solar cooking community worldwide on solarcooking.org so it is not as if the powers that be do not know there are options.
The reason no research is being carried out is because no funding is provided for "appropriate" technology.
It is that simple. Now, how can we fix that?