Interesting work appeared recently on the predominant support for objective-driven, applied science and how this can hurt science as a whole:

Fundamental ecology is fundamental, Franck Courchamp, Jennifer A. Dunne, Yvon Le Mahon, Robert M. May, Christophe The ́baud and Michael E. Hochberg, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, 9 (2015)

Interesting article by O.W. Greenberg about the importance of un-driven research or the “usefulness of useless knowledge,”:

The Origin of Quark Color by O.W. Greenberg , Physics Today 68(1), 33 (2015); doi: 10.1063/PT.3.2655