Well, one way to get science done is to not bother with the grants, the bureaucracy, the reports, the committees, and the modest income, and rather to just be a bum doing science.
Here’s a garbled article on the Telegraph that reports that an unemployed but healthy and robust fellow has created a promising “Theory of Everything”, i.e., a mathematical foundation that accounts for both gravity and quantum theory. It sure looks a lot like string theory at the vast distance I view it from, (something group theory something something) but apparently the math is actually a lot simpler than that called for by string theory. You could have fooled the reporter who blithers “E8 encapsulates the symmetries of a geometric object that is 57-dimensional and is itself is 248-dimensional,” and to be honest you could have fooled me.
For all I know this is completely bogus, but I really like the back story. Oh, yeah, the article is headlined Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything .