In the urge to cut government spending, states are reducing resources for public schools, including higher education. With China already past Great Britain in producing research, is the US investing enough to maintain its competitive edge in the global economy? Also, President Obama launches his 2012 re-election campaign and from Sarah Palin to organized labor, national interests are focused on tomorrow's election for a seat on Wisconsin's state supreme court. We find out why.
Banner image: Professor Shi Yigong, who walked away from a top research position in the US to become the dean of life sciences at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University in 2008, poses beside bottles of bacterial culture in a university lab in Beijing. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images