I have one last piece about the UK physics budget cuts published over at New Scientist. It is only short, so I’ve reproduced it in its entirety here:
“Does the UK quit when the going gets tough? That's how it looks to scientists across the world.
Last week the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) horrified scientists when it announced cuts in contributions to a range of major collaborations after an £80 million squeeze in its physics budget. Among the casualties is the International Linear Collider - a $6.7 billion particle smasher intended to probe dark matter and search for extra dimensions. The UK was to be a major partner along with the US, Japan and Germany and has already invested £30 million. It will now withdraw its support.
"We know this is damaging to our international reputation," says Keith Mason, chief executive of STFC. The U-turn could stymie its ambitions to host major international physics facilities.”