Real science -- the kind that actually advances human progress -- is no longer occurring in academic laboratories. Rather, it's occurring within companies like Cisco, Google, Apple, even occasionally Microsoft.
Real science make extensive use of the quantuum tunnelling effect, for example. Real science has changed everything about the way we live. Indeed, it's changed it several times during my life (I'm 50).
Science coming out of universities is at best marginal. That coming out of government institutions doesn't even follow the Scientific Method.
"Science" is doing just fine. It's academic institutions that are completely broken.
I say this, by the way, after three years' teaching at a technical college. Most of our incoming students were outright illiterate. They could neither read nor write nor perform the most basic math.
(Want the true definition of "futile"? Try teaching binary mathematics and logic to students that can barely count to ten using their fingers.)
We have raised an entire generation of illiterate ignorami. Small wonder that this bleeds into academic science.