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  • China Gaining in R&D Race

    October 16, 2018

    China, already second to the United States in R&D spending, increased its expenditures by 12.3% in 2017 to a record $254 billion, and its ratio of R&D spending to total economic output also reached a high of 2.13%, according to new reports described here and here. In Issues, a longtime analyst recently examined China’s technological ambitions, often accompanied by predatory economic practices, and proposed ways that the US government, industry, and universities can strengthen the nation’s innovation capability and maintain its global leadership.

    -Tom Burroughs

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  • Vaccination Deficit Grows

    October 16, 2018

    The percentage of children under age two who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001, and the percentage of kids entering kindergarten who have been exempted from immunization has increased in recent years, new federal data show. Parents’ objections to vaccination is thought to be contributing to this trend. But changing their minds may prove complicated, a philosopher and data analyst recently wrote in Issues, noting that opinions about vaccines often bypass science and reflect deepening social disagreements about risk and the role of experts.

    -Tom Burroughs

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