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The Wisdom of Gamers

January 2007 - How many players does it take to balance the budget? David Rejeski wants you to put on your game face.

PEN 10 - Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies

View All materials and products eventually come to the end of their useful life, and those made with nanotechnology are no different. This means that engineered nanomaterials will ultimately enter the waste stream and find their way into landfills or incinerators—and eventually into the air, soil and water. As a result, it is important to consider how various forms of nanomaterials will be disposed of and treated at the end of their use, and how the regulatory system will treat such materials at the various stages of their lifecycle.

Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science through Citizen Seismology

This white paper describes a groundbreaking system of citizen science projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific institutions to detect and monitor earthquakes and engage the public in scientific research about seismic events. These approaches seek to provide a more robust earthquake alert network and generate more real-time motion data. The paper also looks at how future efforts could be improved. Successful crowdsourcing projects at the federal level must navigate a web of practical, legal and policy considerations. This paper identifies some of these hurdles and provides lessons learned so that others may apply them to their unique missions.

PEN 15 - Silver Nanotechnologies and the Environment

View • Official Report Release Page Widespread use of nanoscale silver will challenge regulatory agencies to balance important potential benefits against the possibility of significant environmental risk, highlighting the need to identify research priorities concerning this emerging technology, according to a new report released today by the Project.

The Genetic Age: Who Owns the Genome?

Do companies have the right to patent genetic discoveries? This has become one of the most controversal intellectual property issues of our time. A panel of experts debated the ethical, legal, and financial implications of gene patenting at a recent Wilson Center event.

Tweeting Up a Storm: The Promise and Perils of Crisis Mapping

Crisis mapping is an inter-disciplinary field that aggregates crowd-generated input data, such as social media feeds and photographs, with geographic data, to provide real-time, interactive information in support of disaster management and humanitarian relief. This article provides a brief overview of the emerging legal and ethical issues within crisis mapping.

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