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We must regain the will to work for posterity (even if it is an out-of-fashion word): Europe Overtakes U.S. In Physics Pursuing God Particle

"The U.S., which canceled funding for its own accelerator in 1993, risks ceding the lead in science to Europe, even with its economic woes, because the U.S. is no longer investing in large projects like the collider, said Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
“Being at the top is not a forever thing, and too many people took that for granted,” Tyson said in an interview. “We will fade.”"