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Another thing to keep in mind is where the applied science is done. When Vestas develops a new alloy, they do it in-house. I don't know what the American system is in that respect, but given the reputation of places like Lawrence Livermore for pay-for-play research for the armaments industry, I suspect that the mix is different.

Whether it is desirable to have the applied science lodged with universities is a subject of ongoing debate, of course, but it's one of the things that needs to be kept in mind if we want to make apples-to-apples comparisons.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 05:21:25 PM EST
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I think that same article I linked to put European R&D at 2% GDP and American R&D at 2.5% so not that much of a difference at all.
by Upstate NY on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 06:18:35 PM EST
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