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“John Quincy, when he arrived in September for a holiday of several weeks, was shocked by his father's drastically deteriorating condition. `His sight is so dim that he could neither write nor read. He cannot walk without aid. He bears his condition with fortitude, but is sensible to all its helplessness. He receives some letters, and dictates answers to them. In general the most remarkable circumstances of his present state is the total prostration of his physical powers, leaving his mental faculties scarcely impaired at all.” (David McCullough. John Adams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001:637–8)

Science is growing faster in the European Union than in the United States. There has been a decline in the United States in the number of scientific publications since 1995. Based on the number of scientific publications per million people in the population, the United States now ranks eighth in the world in scientific output, behind Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Austria. A possible reason for the comparative decline in US science output may be related to commercialisation. Since the number of patents remains high in the United States, researchers may be seeking patent protection before publishing their scientific results. (


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