Changing science landscape of the world

In this video, Neil deGrasse Tyson describes the state of world science since 2000. Tyson discusses peer-reviewed science research from 2000-2010, both in amount of science research being done and the growth in science research being done between 2000 and 2010.

Some takeaways:

Status in 2010
- In Europe and Japan science research is big relative to the size of their land masses
- In Africa, science research is tragically small compared to the size of its land mass

Difference between 2000 and 2010
- Europe and Japan are even bigger
- China is growing rapidly
- America is shrinking

This is a troubling video for a number of reasons, but I am struck, as I am sure any American is, at the quantitative decline in American science in the last decade. Why is this happening? Why are folks okay with this happening?

Oh well, off to work on my dissertation. Anything I can do to help.

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