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Applied sciences and engineering/Technology/Laser systems

On December 7, 2012, AAAS and over one hundred other scientific societies sent a letter to the White House and Congress, urging them to avoid the sequestration.

To the President and Leadership of the U.S. Congress:

AAAS and 126 partner organizations representing U.S. science, engineering, higher education and businesses today urged the White House and congressional leaders to strike a balanced compromise on the looming “fiscal cliff” that avoids harming critical research efforts.

The laser inside a standard DVD drive can be used to produce sheets of carbon a single atom thick, which store nearly as much energy as a battery but charge hundreds of times faster, researchers report in the 16 March issue of Science.