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Obama radio address: Technology key to planet's survival

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Noting the importance that science played in the Kennedy administration, President-elect Barack Obama introduced his new science and technology team, saying it is "time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore Americas place as the world leader in science and technology."

While they might not have widespread name recognition with the general public, the Obama administration advisers are well-known in the science and academic communities.

The President-elect, in his weekly radio/webcast/streaming/YouTube address, called science the "key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation."

The following is the transcript

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Over the past few weeks, Vice President-Elect Biden and I have announced some of the leaders who will advise us as we seek to meet Americas 21st century challenges, from strengthening our security, to rebuilding our economy, to preserving our planet for our children and grandchildren. Today, I am pleased to announce members of my science and technology team whose work will be critical to these efforts.

Whether its the science to slow global warming; the technology to protect our troops and confront bioterror and weapons of mass destruction; the research to find life-saving cures; or the innovations to remake our industries and create twenty-first century jobs - today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation. It's time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore Americas place as the world leader in science and technology.

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