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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - Rulon Clark
Some of the toughest sequester spending decisions involve taxpayer-financed research, where funding today can produce huge benefits tomorrow — but can the government really afford to spend $227,437 to study pictures of animals in National Geographic magazines?
He said the robotic squirrel cost just a few hundred dollars to build, and that most of the $390,000 four-year grant goes to support the university or the students who are helping with the research.
But Rulon Clark, the San Diego State University biology professor who is leading the research, said critics have mischaracterized his project.