Nanotechnology bill signed into law

On 12/3/2003 President Bush signed into law the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which authorizes funding for nanotechnology research and development (R&D) over four years, starting in FY 2005. The bill authorizes 2005-2008 appropriations totaling $3.7 billion to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, NIST and the EPA.

Nanotechnology is the ability to work at the atomic and molecular levels, corresponding to lengths of approximately 1 – 100 nanometers, or 1/100,000th the diameter of a human hair. Nanotechnology is not merely the study of small things; it is the research and development of materials, devices, and systems that exhibit physical, chemical, and biological properties that are different from those found at larger scales. Nanosensors already are being developed to allow fast, reliable, real-time monitoring for everything from chemical attack to environmental leaks.

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