Thursday, February 4, 2010

An Interesting Fact About China

There was an interesting note in Nature Medicine regarding China. It states:

This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Tiger—an appropriate icon for China's increasing strength in the research landscape. A Thomson Reuters study released last November showed the country's research output increasing from over 20,000 papers in 1998 to nearly 112,000 papers in 2008.

Add this fact to their economic growth, the US economy, and the paucity of American born researchers, and you have a prescription of doom and dread in the future of the US leadership in science and engineering.