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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or
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
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.