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Where in the world will the next big idea come from?

Global Brain Race of the 21st century.

The U.S. share of worldwide high tech exports, such as computers, communications equipment and pharmaceuticals, has dropped. Is USA about to be deposed as the world's leader in science and technology. President Bush says "We cannot afford to be complacent."

An advertisement, pushing education for U.S. students, shows a globe suspended above a sheet of mathematical formulas and asks, "Where in the world will the next big idea come from?"

"Make no mistake: The search for scientific breakthroughs and new technologies will go forward whether we lead or follow," says the ad, which is being run Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other publications.

The president's initiative, responding to Americans' anxiety over competition from China, India and other countries, would extend an expired business tax break for research and development, double the government's commitment to basic scientific research and train thousands of new science and math teachers.

Sources: CNN | USA Today