Has the U.S. Lost Its Innovation Edge?

Mindray headquarters in Shenzhen, China Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Photo

This column asks a question that’s been a concern dating back to at least 1979, when the June 4th issue of Newsweek asked the question on its cover: “Innovation: Has America Lost its Edge?” The once-venerable weekly, like many print publications, fell victim a couple of years ago to the dramatic change (read innovation) in the way news is delivered, though it resumed publishing online of late.

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