Commentary

Where the streets are paved with ideas

Innovation is geographically uneven. The world’s 40 richest mega-regions — expansive conurbations such as the Boston–New York–Washington DC corridor, Greater London, or the passage that runs from Shanghai to Beijing — account for more than 85% of the world’s patents, and 83% of the most-cited scientists. And yet, only 18% of the world’s population lives in them.

Read the full article at Nature, 550, S172 (19 October 2017), doi:10.1038/550S172a

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