Imagine, several string theorists in the audience mused, if a physics conference in the United States started in the House of Representatives.
China, meanwhile, surges ahead on the strength of science, overtaking us in graduate education and research spending. Heeding the sobering advice of Stephen Hawking to save our species, China this week has even announced plans toward building a lunar space colony.
Our rivalry with China could be the plot of a chapter from Gardner Dozois' acclaimed SciFi collection Galileo's Children.
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