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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
According to a 2003 MIT study
of the number of U.S. patents awarded per 1 million people for countries
of the world, the U.S.A. comes in at first place. Nearly half of patents
are awarded to foreign companies. Finland, home of Nokia, Flextronics
and ABB, takes second place. Number 3 is the U.K., 4th is Japan, then
Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and then Switzerland. France comes
in at #10. Canada rates 12th, Israel is 14th, and S. Korea is 20th.
China currently sits at #40, but is moving up quickly. Russia rates
#43, and Mexico sits at #51. The
study also indicates country status in terms of population proportion
of engineers & scientists, innovation policy, number and size of
technology hotspots, GDP per capita, business competitiveness, etc.
North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia, do not even rate - go figure.