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A Survey of Our Greatest Environmental Accomplishments In a recent article in the Environmental Forum, STIP director David Rejeski, presents the results of a survey to identify the greatest environmental accomplishments of the last forty years.

Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology will allow scientists and engineers to create biological systems that do not occur naturally as well as to re-engineer existing biological systems to perform novel and beneficial tasks. This 2009 report presents a framework for addressing the social and ethical issues surrounding the field.

Enhancing National Security and Civil Liberties in the Information Age

Can technology help us preserve our freedoms while reducing the threat of terrorist attacks? The Center's Foresight and Governance Project recently convened a group of experts to discuss ways to improve both civil liberties and national security in today's information age where the pressure is high for rapid data gathering and analysis.

Is 3-D Printing a Game Changer?

David Rejeski, Director of the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program, discusses the potential of 3-D printing and digital fabrication.

PEN 19 - Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight

Enough voluntary initiatives for nanotechnology have been implemented so they can be looked at together, in a comparative sense, and historically, in terms of their relationship to programs that have preceded them. This report provides that analysis for the first time. In Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path, Dr. Daniel Fiorino provides a taxonomy of the various types of voluntary initiatives (past and present) and the partnerships that underlie them, as well as an assessment of the factors that are most likely to contribute to program success. As nanotechnologies advance, along with other emerging technologies, voluntary programs will continue to play an important role in the governance portfolio. For this reason, evaluating and learning from these endeavors will remain critical to better oversight. This report is an important contribution to that learning process.

Nanotechnology: Forging Ahead Responsibly

A new study shows Americans are excited about the prospects of nanotechnology, but concerned about its potential health and environmental effects.

PEN 4 - Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Production: Anticipated Applications

View Thanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow’s food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms.

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