National Nanotechnology Initiative: Charting the Course for Reauthorization, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 24, 2008   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "In the 8 years since President Clinton first created the National Nanotechnology Initiative, it's really become clear that our ability to manipulate, engineer, and manufacture nanoparticles provides an unlimited potential for innovation and growth throughout the economy. In 2006, an estimated $50 billion in products worldwide incorporated some form of nanotechnology and that figure has been projected by some to reach about 2.6 trillion over the next 8 years. Scientists are using this technology to create advanced materials and systems that will obviously improve our way of life and also revolutionize the very concepts of size and scale. [...] As we look toward reauthorizing the National Nanotechnology Initiative at the end of this Fiscal Year, there are issues and questions that have to be addressed so we can stay out in front of our global competitors, most of whom are betting big on nanotechnology right now. We also have a responsibility to make sure we're dedicating sufficient resources toward researching the environmental health and safety impacts of these particles." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Kerry, Ted Stevens, John Thune, P. Lee Ferguson, Anita Goel, Jim Heath, Matthew M. Nordan, David Rejeski, Robert A. Robinson, and Richard M. Russell

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