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NIST Is Closed – Try the French Government

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.

2 Responses to “NIST Is Closed – Try the French Government”

  1. R Frank Says:

    In Ireland the Croissants are terrible but the Guinness is really good.
    Your short piece energized me to speak out on the ridiculous situation we face in the US. During the last presidential election the phrase “Take back our country” was uttered from such notable fools such as Palin and Bachmann. But maybe they did have a point. I believe the educated and intelligent people of our country need to get motivated to take the country back from the fools that seem to have been elected to congress. I believe that apathy is a real problem in this country as the nut jobs seem to have the energy to scream the loudest and motivation to do everything they can to gain control. But the silent majority, which I believe is educated and reasonable, don’t seem to have the motivation to get as involved. Maybe its an attitude of “politics is for fools” or “my vote won’t make a difference”, but look what has happened.
    It is time for the educated and informed to insure that this great country gets back on a track of acting like a great country.

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