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Carbon Nanotubes That Look Like Asbestos, Behave Like Asbestos

A major study published today in Nature Nanotechnology suggests some forms of carbon nanotubes could be as harmful as asbestos if inhaled in sufficient quantities. The study used established methods to see if specific types of nanotubes have the potential to cause mesothelioma — a cancer of the lung lining that can take 30-40 years to appear following exposure. FULL STORY

The Politics of Search Engines

Helen Nissenbaum,Research Associate and Lecturer at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton UniversityRecent research articles by and other information about Helen Nissenbaum.

There's a Sensor in Your Pocket

Existing technologies in today's mobile phones and web services enable new approaches to citizen science, giving individuals and communities the power to shape the world around them in new ways. Read more in a paper commissioned by the Foresight & Governance Project.

Mapping the Human Genome: Risks and Benefits

David Rejeski, director of the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project, lauds the benefits but warns of the ethical and moral implications of the sequencing of the human genome.

Trends in American and European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology: 2008 – 2011

Press coverage of synthetic biology in the United States and Europe increased significantly between 2008 and 2011. This report builds on the project’s earlier study of press coverage in the United States and Europe during the 2003-2008 period. The new report finds an increase in the sheer number of articles about synthetic biology. It further finds that this coverage is driven by high-profile events and that there are growing similarities in how the technology is covered in the United States and Europe. This report also highlights key recommendations from recent reports focused on the press and public engagement.

Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Far from multimillion dollar labs at universities, an enthusiastic movement of amateur scientists is changing the field of biology.

The Future of Technology Assessment

The Foresight and Governance Project has released a new report titled The Future of Technology Assessment, a collection of three essays designed to explore the issue of technology assessment with a look towards the future--a future that will be continually transformed by investments in science and technology.

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