Sputnik!

After touring biotech classrooms at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, NC, yesterday, President Obama called for the US to have a "Sputnik moment," reports Agence France Presse. The 1957 launch of the Soviet satellite "was a wake-up call that caused the United States to boost our investment in innovation and education, particularly in math and science," Obama said, adding that "this is our moment.

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