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New Legislation Aims at Improving Nanotechnology Education

It's not entirely clear why we don't just improve science education in general rather than so-called "nanotechnology education"

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New Legislation Aims at Improving Nanotechnology Education

While Washington DC was gripped by two blizzards this past week, Congressman David Wu of the State of Oregon announced his introduction of new legislation called the Nanotechnology Education Act  (HR 4502 IH), which is intended to improve the capabilities of US educational institutions to provide training in nanotechnology.

I have to confess I am nonplussed when I see announcements of nanotechnology degrees, almost as much as when I see the term “nanotechnology industry”. Now there is even a “nanotechnology education” page on Wikipedia that lists all the different institutions around the world offering these types of degrees.

I suppose these curriculums offer something different than training in say physics, chemistry or biology. Maybe they differentiate themselves by the amount of time a student spends with an Atomic Force Microscope. Hard to say.

In any case, why it may be more exciting from a public relations standpoint and politically more beneficial to support “nanotechnology” than say “education”, it would seem that improving our math and science curriculums throughout the educational system in the US would likely do more to improve our competitiveness than a so-called “Nanotechnology Education Act”.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan
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Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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