Oct 04 2013
A casual Google search on nanotechnology results in embarrassment over the unnecessary US shutdown and a desire for French croissants.
This is crazy! Earlier today, I was listening to a presentation at the IEF in Dublin, Ireland. The presentation was given by the French research firm CEA-Leti about its CMOS version down to 7-nm technology. My interest was piqued by one aspect of the firm’s talk, so I searched Google on stacked nano-wires. But the primary Google result reminded me that the US government was closed for business: “NIST Closed, NIST and Affiliated Web Sites Not Available.”
“Due to a lapse in government funding, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is closed and most NIST and affiliated web sites are unavailable until further notice. We sincerely regret the inconvenience.”
Thank you, members of Congress (you know who you are), for embarrassing the US in front of the world. I think I’ll enjoy a croissant while conducting my research with a government that is open for business.