Where U.S. science stands
Erin Ross writes: China is on track to overtake the U.S. in expenditures on science research and development — if they haven’t already.
According to the National Science Foundation’s congressionally mandated Science & Engineering Indicators report released today, overall spending on research in China has gone up by roughly 18% each year since 2000. The annual increase in the U.S. is just 4%.
Yes, but science is not a zero-sum game, notes chemist Geraldine Richmond, who authored the report that evaluates the state of science in the nation and the world every two years. Even if the U.S. falls behind in science leadership, they will collaborate with and build off of research done in other countries, she says.
The big funding question: “Where do we want to lead, in science and technology, and where are we content to participate?” Richmond asked during the press conference.
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