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Announcements: National Academies issues another sobering report

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National Academies issues another sobering report 

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Remember five years ago when a storm was gathering that threatened America’s science and technology preeminence in the world? Well, that storm is now a raging hurricane, according to the authors of a follow-up report prepared for the presidents of the National Academies.

The follow-up report to Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future finds “the outlook for America's ability to compete for quality jobs in the global economy has continued to deteriorate in the last five years, and the nation needs a sustained investment in education and basic research to keep from slipping further.”

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 shows that in many key areas of competitiveness, the U.S. is slipping:  

  • In 2009, 51 percent of U.S. patents were awarded to non-U.S. companies. 
  • China has replaced the U.S. as the world's No. 1 high-technology exporter and is now second in the world in publication of biomedical research articles.
  • Between 1996 and 1999, 157 new drugs were approved in the United States.  In a corresponding period 10 years later, the number dropped to 74.
  • Almost one-third of U.S. manufacturing companies responding to a recent survey say they are suffering from some level of skills shortage.
You can read both reports or download PDF copies online.

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Created at 9/30/2010 1:37 PM  by Susan Ray 
Last modified at 10/1/2010 4:18 PM  by Susan Ray