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A four-minute explanation of why innovation is so important to the United States

Here’s what Americans don’t want. (Screenshot)
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What makes America great? You’ll get different answers depending on whom you ask. But there’s no doubt that developing new technologies has helped the country lead the world. Without money to finance research, it’s tougher to make that next discovery or advancement. Here’s a short film — no sound required — that warns we’re shortchanging our federal investments in innovation. It comes from and is timed to coincide with President Obama’s new budget:

For those curious, here are the 14 organizations behind the video: Aerospace Industries Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Council on Education, American Heart Association, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Business-Higher Education Forum, Council on Competitiveness, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Semiconductor Industry Association, Task Force on American Innovation, the Science Coalition and United for Medical Research.