Number 67 in the ‘top science stories of the year’ in Discover Magazine is entitled ‘U.S. Science Supremacy Threatened by Competition’. Some interesting facts: according to the National Science Board, an independent policy group that advises the president and the congress,
the drop in foreign applications – down 28 percent at the graduate level – is (…) certain to affect the future of science. Many who come here to study do not return to their native countries. A survey by the National Science Foundation in 2000 reported that 38 percent of U.S. scientists with doctorates were born abroad.
the number of research articles by Americans has been stagnant compared with an increasing number written by Western Europeans in the last decade.