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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:20 PM
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China scientists lead world in research growth
By Clive Cookson - Published: January 25 2010 18:06 | Last updated: January 25 2010 18:06
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7ef3097e-09da-11df-8b23-00144...

China has experienced the strongest growth in scientific research over the past three decades of any country, according to figures compiled for the Financial Times, and the pace shows no sign of slowing.

Jonathan Adams, research evaluation director at Thomson Reuters, said Chinas awe-inspiring growth had put it in second place to the US and if it continues on its trajectory it will be the largest producer of scientific knowledge by 2020.

Thomson Reuters, which indexes scientific papers from 10,500 journals worldwide, analysed the performance of four emerging markets countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China, over the past 30 years.

China far outperformed every other nation, with a 64-fold increase in peer-reviewed scientific papers since 1981, with particular strength in chemistry and materials science.

China is out on its own, far ahead of the pack, said James Wilsdon, science policy director at the Royal Society in London. If anything, Chinas recent research performance has exceeded even the high expectations of four or five years ago, while India has not moved as fast as expected and may have missed an opportunity.

Although its quality remains mixed, Chinese research has also become more collaborative, with almost 9 per cent of papers originating in China having at least one US-based co-author.

Brazil has also been building up a formidable research effort, particularly in agricultural and life sciences. In 1981 its output of scientific papers was one-seventh that of India; by 2008 it had almost caught up with India.

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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:21 PM
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1. We're almost ready to dismiss Creationism
In most schools, anyway.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:09 PM
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2. I don't quite buy what they're implying with this. Check out Chinese patents - you'll find they're
comparatively low, considering china's being spoken of as the next economic leader -- & that lots of Chinese patents are actually patents by "foreigners" out of China.

Note the with "almost 9 per cent of papers originating in China having at least one US-based co-author."

This is not what you'd expect in an independently-developing nation - it wasn't the case in Japan's boom period, for example.
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:12 PM
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3. Percent increase, yes. However, I would imagine the US still dwarfs everyone.
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