Boost Science, Boost Competitiveness?

There seems to be cautious optimism over the US technology funding plans unveiled in this weeks’s State of the Union Adress (which, in addition to the original language, you can also listen to in English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Farsi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish courtesy of the US Department of State).

The New York Times takes a look behind the scenes, and reveals some frantic lobbying from the likes of Craig R. Barrett, the chairman of Intel, John Chambers, the chief executive of Cisco Systems and Charles M. Vest, the former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While this may not lead to a “doubling of nanotech funding” it does go some way to addressing the key issue of competitiveness addressed by last years report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future” and is in stark contrast to Europe’s recent efforts.”

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