The global landscape for science and technology is changing, with increased competition for resources and recognition. Thats beginning to look like bad news for the innovative edge the United States has long enjoyed.
"Will the United States own the technology of the future? Probably not all of it, and only if we compete harder to maintain our current position," said Diana Hicks, professor and chair of Georgia Institute of Technologys School of Public Policy.
Many foreign governments have been strengthening their educational and research programs, she explained. As a result, the gap is closing between the United States and its overseas competitors, with Asian countries – China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and India -- showing particular gains.
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