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The Heat Is On

How long can the U.S. maintain its innovative edge?

This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As industries and jobs move overseas, the U.S. has focused on cutting-edge innovations to stay one step ahead. But if the U.S. is an economic Energizer Bunny, the rest of the world is determined to step up the pace.

In July, France announced plans to invest $1.82 billion to create 67 "competitiveness centers" to fuel research and innovation, with more to come. China is building a world-class university system to produce scientists, and now ranks third behind the U.S. and Japan in nanotechnology patents.

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