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A serious decline in U.S. triadic patents is the latest warning sign of diminished American innovation in advanced industries. Overall, these patents, designed to give the holder strong intellectual property protections worldwide and to make patents internationally comparable, have declined by 3 percent from 1999 to 2011.

Federal funding for biomedical research, much of it channeled through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), plays a vital role in supporting America’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. NIH devotes the vast majority of its budget to funding grants for basic biomedical research into the causes and treatment of human disease. The results of this research feed directly into the development of...

Much of the nation has been slow to adopt educational standards that include computer science courses as core math and science graduation credits. In addition, most state programs focus on computer "skills" as opposed to more intricate computing "concepts" that develop critical thinking and problem solving ability. 

High levels of industry funding for university researchers is indicative of successful applications and commercialization of academic research. In the United States, academics performing applied research often face a disconnect between the knowledge they are creating and its end use. Encouraging more public/private partnerships between universities and industry can increase knowledge flows...

America's roadways experience 5.5 million traffic accidents per year. The toll they take is immense: approximately 35,000 fatalities annually (almost 100 per day) and close to $1 trillion in economic losses. The $277 billion in direct costs alone are equivalent to approximately $897 for eachperson living in the United States, or 1.9 percent of U.S. GDP. With human error the "definite or...

U.S. manufacturing value added has still not recovered from the Great Recession. In fact, excluding computer and electronics, from 2007 to 2012, real value added produced by durables manufacturing fell by 2.9 percent while non-durables fell by 10.6 percent.  Meanwhile, economy-wide real value-added has grown by 4 percent. The lag of manufacturing growth behind overall economic recovery...

Despite the critical role export credit financing plays in helping to boost America's exports and empower its traded sector competitiveness, virtually all U.S. competitors are investing significantly more as a share of their GDP than the U.S. in providing export credit assistance in the form of loans and guarantees to help foreign buyers purchase their nations' products and services. This...

E-prescribing cuts medical transaction costs by eliminating the need for confirmation phone calls and faxes, and reduces health risks associated with prescription delays. In 2004, over half of states had legislation banning e-prescribing. Today, all 50 states allow it, and many have begun to actively promote the practice. In 2011,...

While 80 percent of U.S. adults have access to high-speed internet, ten percent have access only through a smartphone. This proportion is even higher among African Americans (15 percent), Hispanics (22 percent), and individuals with a high-school degree or less (14 percent). While universal broadband adoption is a good abstract goal, in...

Computer science education is dramatically under-taught in America's schools. In 41 U.S. states, computer science doesn't even count toward high school graduation requirements. Meanwhile, the number of AP Computer Science courses available in U.S. high schools has decreased by 33 percent since 2005 with the number of students taking the AP Computer Science exam falling to just 30,000 in 2013....