Britain has significantly fewer fatalities per billion miles driven than Germany.
This is only because Britain drives on the left. The one true side of the road.
There are actually more reasons than are included in the summary. From TFA:
Vehicles used to carry organs for transplant, bomb disposal units, mountain rescue teams and those engaged in “surveillance and covert operations” are among the groups likely to be given the freedom to speed.
But I guess 'Organ Carriers to be given Permission to Speed' is much less of a headline. I do like the idea of speeding with a reason, but I don't know how viable that would be. How do you make sure every report is filed?
The problem is that it should have been done decades ago.
Well at least we're getting round to it now. Nuclear energy was deployed well before it was ready to produce electricity in such scale, and the insecurities we built into the plants because our engineering wasn't up to the task yet produced many violent and unfortunate accidents. But we're going to have to embrace nuclear energy in one form or another if we plan to have a cheap source of clean and reliable energy in the coming centuries. It's best research into preventing nuclear core accidents and preventing any radiation leaks be done as thoroughly and frequently as possible.
It'll be a few years. You mean to list the EU as the third power there? We can go by numbers:
- Europe: 16.7 trillion
- US: 15.7 trillion
- China: 8.3 trillion
- China: 1362 million
- Europe: 507 million
- US: 317 million
- US: 10
- Europe: 5
- China: 1
Nobel Prizes (ignoring Literature and Peace)
- Europe: 442 (317)
- US: 323 (290)
- China: 7 (4)
You forget that these spending numbers are percentages of GDP, not absolute numbers. In this regard, China does not have the spending capacity. In terms of nominal GDP (World Bank, 2012), the EU spent $3.27e11 (327 short billions) in R&D, while China spent $1.65e11 - only just over half. The US, with a slightly smaller GDP than Europe but a higher R&D expenditure is still winning the spending race with $4.35e11. You'll notice TFA also spends most of its time criticising the quality of Chinese research, consistent with the western notion that academic freedom and a competitive market are integral to scientific and technological progress.
The countries with the highest GERD in the OECD are:
- Israel (4.38),
- Finland (3.78),
- Korea (3.74),
- Sweden (3.37),
- Japan (3.26),
- Denmark (3.06).