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December 16th, 2004
Richard Smalley, a Rice University professor who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996, is calling on the United States to mount a multibillion-dollar campaign to fund research into alternative energy or else face the consequences.
A major beneficial side effect of such a program would be the reverse of the U.S. decline in the physical sciences. Fewer U.S. - and even Japanese - students are getting Ph.D.s in the hard sciences than in the past. By contrast, the number in other Asian countries is growing. The trend will drive the center of progress from the West to the East.
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