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State of the Union Address Excerpt 1 -- January 4, 1950

Harry S Truman
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Excerpt from President Harry S Truman's State of the Union Address, January 4, 1950.

May 10, 1950--Congress passed, and President Truman signed, Public Law 81-507, creating NSF.

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Audio Transcript:
"The value of our natural resources is constantly being increased by the progress of science. "The value of our natural resources is constantly being increased by the progress of science. Research is finding new ways of using such natural assets as minerals, sea water, and plant life. In the peaceful development of atomic energy, particularly, we stand on the threshold of new wonders. The first experimental machines for producing useful power from atomic energy are now under construction. We have made truly the first beginnnings in this field, but in the perspective of history, they may loom larger than the first airplane, or even the first tools that started man on the road to civilization.

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