The Importance of Nanotechnology

Feb 11, 2009
Frankly Speaking

Today the House unanimously passed H.R. 544 the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2009, a bill which I cosponsored.

Nanotechnology is the science of using very small mechanical devices and structures to create better products.  It is the future of technology.  Already, research and development into this field has improved our ability to filter water, detect landmines, and even develop better sunscreen.  In addition, scientists are close to using nanotechnology to create sensors that will detect cancer and Alzheimer’s more quickly.  And this is only the beginning.  The manner in which we can use nanotechnology continues to grow rapidly.

H.R. 544 will ensure that this country is able to strengthen our research and development capabilities in the field of nanotechnology, and I am proud to have been a cosponsor of it.  The bill will now be sent to the Senate for passage and I encourage my Senate colleagues to vote for this important piece of legislation.

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