via, and more info at http://kottke.org/15/11/a-5-minute-history-of-the-war-in-syria-and-the-rise-of-isis
The EU has more researchers and produces more scientific output than the US or China. It's more internationally networked. Its output is growing faster than the US. The UK is now the leading player on the surging EU science programme. Not really a great time to get off the boat, lose all policy say and negotiate partial access from outside.
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