Here's a very good 3-page essay on how modern scientific policy and culture (e.g. short-term funding, unstable job security, publish-or-perish mindset) is adversely affecting young scientists, causing lots of bright minds to abandon academia in search of other careers (via @WileyScience).
BioEssays: How today's scientific culture affects young scientists
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Abstract: Surviving in academia has become a headache for many young scientists. But not only for them - older researchers too are increasingly preoccupied with the state of science policy and the procedures of scientific evaluation. We here analyze the pressures that prospective scientists like us feel today and compare them to what researchers from the past witnessed. What emerges is that science has undergone a profound cultural change that would have prevented some scholars from the 19th century from making their breakthroughs. While the inner motivation of most scientists at that time was to satisfy their appetite for knowledge, the modern raison d'être of scientists mostly addresses how to provide a living for themselves. Nevertheless, the general awareness of this situation amongst scientists suggests that there is space for an open debate and reform.