Eyes on the Prize

When funding research, there's a debate over where to place your bets. The long-shot projects stand to make the biggest difference for humanity's problems, but they are expensive, time consuming and rarely pan out. I spoke with some Nobel Prize winners about their work and the need to support curiosity-driven research in an era of austerity.

 Every year, Nobel winners gather in Lindau, an island in southern Germany, to talk about their work with young researchers

Every year, Nobel winners gather in Lindau, an island in southern Germany, to talk about their work with young researchers