One of the main themes of "The World is Flat" is that the decline in science being studied in the US means that the future of scientific development will ultimately move to the new developing countries: China, India and Russia. This is because of the pent up scientific knowledge and the ethos of a cultures yearning to learn more and more.
Evidence of this has now been reported in the UK. I know a lot of people who are worried about a flattening world and the loss of UK jobs to immigrants and overseas workers. The trouble is that they only see the disappearance of "traditional" manufacturing and labour intensive work.
They haven't twigged that the high level scientific and creative thinking will soon leave these shores as the developing countries continue to absorb knowledge.
Please sit up and take notice! You're all watching a game which already finished!