big science

noun, often capitalized B&S

Definition of big science

: large-scale scientific research consisting of projects funded usually by a national government or group of governments

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Tonight, the Syfy channel will launch its latest big science fiction show: Nightflyers, based on a story from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Nightflyers’ showrunner explains why George R.R. Martin’s massive worlds are ideal for TV," 2 Dec. 2018 One of the biggest and most important science stories of the last few years will probably also be one of the biggest science stories of the next few years. Brad Plumer, Vox, "A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade," 23 July 2018 Syfy’s next big science fiction show is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s space horror story Nightflyers. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: all the best panels, news, and trailers to look for," 17 July 2018 Increasingly ambitious big science projects, such as a massive particle accelerator now under study, are a lure as well, says Cao Cong, a science policy specialist at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in China, an affiliate of the U.K. university. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "With generous funding and top-tier jobs, China seeks to lure science talent from abroad," 5 June 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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