I don’t really know how important it is to spent gazillions of money researching black holes, big bangs, string theories quantum entanglement or parallel universes. At least, these projects come with nice stainless steel apparatus and quirky theories, so I can see some of the appeal.
Actual research results from these projects may or may not be useful to the future of mankind, but at least they are facts, laws, proofs, and insights we didn’t have before.
Some sciences, however, to produce a different kind of result. Presumably backed by public funding in one way or the other, some projects simply generate hot air; lots paper with big words, confirming what common sense dictates. How about this one for an example:
A study by Dr Wendy Sigle-Rushton, a lecturer in social policy at the London School of Economics, shows that a father’s contribution to housework and childcare stabilises a marriage, regardless of the mother’s employment status.
I don’t get the point of stating the obvious, unless a method is discovered that actually changes the ways of those who think putting up the feet and spanking the wife is suffices to stabilize a good marriage. Not much success there, I’m afraid.