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Think Tiny, Think Big

February 1, 2003 magine shrinking all the information at the Library of Congress into a device the size of a sugar cube or detecting cancerous tumors as tiny as a few cells. That was President Clinton's vision when he announced the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000. Federal scientists, together with researchers at universities...

Technology Turmoil

June 1, 2002 he CIA directorate that hatched the idea that became In-Q-Tel is in trouble. Since 1995, the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), which develops some of America's most advanced intelligence-gathering gadgetry, has had four leaders-one of them for just nine months. The directorate's center for analyzing spy satellite imagery, the...

Force Without Fatalities

May 1, 2001 The U.S. military is trying to develop an arsenal of non-lethal weapons. ince the advent of modern warfare, the inventors of bullets, artillery shells, bombs, missiles and other devices have rated the effectiveness of their new weapons by their "probability of kill"-in terms of blast, penetration, fragmentation and other measures...

Advanced Technlogist

December 1, 2000 Career executive Alan Balutis has the politically delicate job of spearheading the Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program. hile watching the Olympics on television in September, veteran Commerce Department executive Alan P. Balutis felt a surge of pride-but not from watching American athletes bring home the gold. It came during a...

The National Science Foundation's push for a budget boost could help the United States pull ahead in the race for breakthroughs in research.

November 1, 2000 hen asked about the National Science Foundation's mission, Director Rita R. Colwell quotes hockey great Wayne Gretzky: "I skate to where the puck is going, not to where it's been." For NSF and the rest of the U.S. research community, she observes, "science is moving at a rapid pace. Change...

Science & Diplomacy

June 1, 2000 n recent years, issues involving complex scientific and technological problems have risen to the forefront of the American foreign policy agenda. Here are just a few of the challenges that the State Department has faced: Preventing a dangerous "brain drain" of former Soviet biological warfare scientists. Monitoring exports of...

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