Disappointments such as the Higgs Boson particle which doesn't do anything at all and dark matter which you can't see, are causing dwindling numbers of young people to choose Physics at school and major in it at college.
"The days when lasers were a stunning new invention seem to be long gone, said Bill Gatepost at a meeting of clever people at the weekend. Scientists should be trying to invent things which pack K.O. punches and travel at warp speed etc."
"By now we should be able to beam people up to orbiting spacecraft with teleporters. Dilithium should have been invented and mankind should be boldly going across the Universe. Instead we seem to be looking ever inward, trying to destroy little itsy bitsy matter particles with big acccelerators and colliders and what have you. Come on you guys, think big, think out of the box!"