At Slate, David Plotz says the US needs more scientists and engineers. "America needs Thomas Edisons and Craig Venters, but it really needs a lot more good scientists, more competent scientists, even more mediocre scientists," Plotz says. People like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs have shown that it's cool to be nerdy, and there are organizations like TED devoted to making technology and science hip again.

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