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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 3, 2003

President Bush Signs Nanotechnology Research and Development Act

      In Focus: Technology

Today's Presidential Action

Background on Today's Presidential Action

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.

Nanotechnology is one of the Administration's top multi-agency research and development priorities.

Nanotechnology promises to be both evolutionary and revolutionary--improving and creating entirely new products and processes in areas from electronics to health care.

Nanotechnology can help provide clean energy. For example, carbon nanotubes are a form of nanomaterial with many potential applications.

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