Chris Mooney writes that the shortage of US scientists is a fallacy. In this Science Progress post, he takes a look at the numbers. The National Science Foundation's latest stats say that 29,854 science and engineering PhDs were produced in 2006 and that was the fourth year in a row that that number had increased. Instead, he says, the US is lagging in the rate of increase in the number of doctorates awarded in the sciences, as compared to China.

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