Comments and presentations made at a recent nanotechnology symposium sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (ìSmall Wonders: Exploring the Vast Potential of Nanoscienceî), held 19 March 2002 in Washington, D.C., generated considerable media attention:
- An item on the Small Times website ("Small Wonders conference: Self assembly is the key to unlocking nanoís potential", by Doug Brown, 20 March 2002) says ìNanotechnology luminaries spent the day in the nationís capital [19 March] publicly exploring the scienceís frontiers during a crowded conference aimed at shoring up support for nanotechnology basic research and development, much of which is funded by the federal government.î
- Another item on the Small Times site ("Nanotechnologyís potential needs decades of work before itís realized, expert panel says", by Candace Stuart, 19 March 2002) reports that a panel of "nanotechnology leaders" speaking at the symposium said not to expect much from nanotechnology in the short term. The report says the experts opined that "Nanotechnology probably has decades to go before promise becomes product; but if and when it does, the impact could be staggering."
- An article from United Press International ("NSF event paints broad nanotech picture", by Scott R. Burnell, 19 March 2002).
- A report by Ronald Bailey appears on the Reason Magazine website ("Small Wonders: The National Science Foundation Promotes Nanotechnology", 20 March 2002).
There are also some photographic images of the event, taken by Peter West of the National Science Foundation, available online at the NSF website.