The United States is the third largest country in the world by both land area and population, as well as one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse. Though less than 250 years old, it has the world’s largest national economy and is one of the most developed and scientifically advanced countries in the world. A global superpower, it is also one of the leading manufacturing centers in the world, despite the oft-lamented decline in the manufacturing sector in recent decades. The birthplace of the telegraph, the Edison light bulb, modern aviation, the transistor, the atomic bomb, and gene therapy, the United States has long been known as the vanguard of applied research, while letting European and Asian countries pass it in pure research.

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