China is on course to overtake the US in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013 – far earlier than expected.
That is the conclusion of a major new study by the Royal Society, the UK’s national science academy.
The country that invented the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing is set for a globally important comeback.
What a shame. I remember perfectly when “American scientists say…” as an introduction to any discussion about science invariably lent credibility to what you were saying. We looked up to America as the country of progress and scientific prowess. Then came creationism and reason went down the drain, along with education as an asset.
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