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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Brain Drain: Can the U.S. survive as a scientific superpower even though hostility to science is endemic and the current administration is dedicated to stamping out any way of understanding the world that doesn’t have its roots in divine revelation? So far it’s done a pretty good job, largely because of its ability to import scientific talent.

But this article makes the case that imports are drying up, in part because in the post-9/11 world the U.S. is almost as unsympathetic toward immigrants is it is toward scientific knowledge, and in part because “thanks to newfound wealth and expanding economies, China and India are quickly becoming more attractive places for their homegrown scientists and engineers to stay—or to return to once they have completed U.S. degrees. The number of foreign science and engineering students staying to work in the U.S. peaked in 1996 and has been declining ever since.”

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