Every single advance sets sets off many other advances. Like a single exploding firework sets of a whole string of fireworks. Advances are parabolic, not linear. Antidepressants were an accidental product of antihistamine research. Some of the US's best discoveries are throwaways from our space research. Like pyrex, for instance.
Suspected assailant in car-ramming attack in West Bank shot (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli scientists: Cutting ties with EU would seriously damage research