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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
ARE WE LOSING OUR EDGE?
The U.S. still leads the world in scientific innovation. But years of declining investment and fresh competition from abroad threaten to end our supremacy.

SLOWING DOWN WHILE OTHERS SPEED UP
SPENDING ON RESEARCH
The U.S. pours more money into science than does another country,
but Federal funding - has been shrivering.
Six countries now devote a larger share of their economy to science.


Top 10 countries in research spending as a percentage of GDP*

Israel .......... 4.43 percent
Sweden .......... 3.98 percent
Finland ......... 3.49 percent
Japan ........... 3.15 percent
Iceland ......... 3.04 percent
South Korea ..... 2.64 percent
United States ... 2.61 percent
Switzerland ..... 2.57 percent
Germany ......... 2.55 percent
Denmark ......... 2.53 percent

* 2003 data, except Israel (2001), Switzerland (2003), and Denmark (2002)


TRAINING THE NEXT WAVE
The U.S. still awards for more science Ph.D's
than any other country, but that number is tapering
off as China is jumping. The U.S. also has the most
science majors in the world but ranks 25th when that
number is adjusted for population.


Countries with the highest percentage of 24-year olds
with science degrees*

Findland ......... 13.2 percent
Hungary .......... 11.9 percent
France ........... 11.2 percent
South Korea ...... 11.1 percent
Singapore ........ 10.9 percent
Britain .......... 10.7 percent
Sweden ........... 9.5 percent
Australia ........ 9.3 percent
Ireland .......... 8.5 percent
Russia ........... 8.5 percent
United States .... 5.7 percent(25th in the world)

*2001 date except Singapore(1995)
)2001) Britain andRussia (1999)


Source: TIMEMAG/National Science Foundation/O.E.C.D.; European Commission,National Academy of Sciences;U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by: Michael D. Lemonick)
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