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PEN 3 - Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk

View This report by Dr. Andrew Maynard proposes a comprehensive framework for systematically exploring possible risks.

Business, Government Use Video Games to Explore Serious Issues

January 2007 - Sheila Riley reports in Investor's Business Daily on how govenment agencies like the EPA are using serious games to teach important concepts.

What We Know and What We Might Know About the Brain

Dr. Jordan Grafman, Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Grafman talks about how discoveries in cognitive neuroscience may change our understanding of memory, addiction, and attention deficit disorder. He discusses how and why we need to better prepare for the ethical and social implications of these advances. Learn more about Dr. Grafman's work at: http://intra.ninds.nih.gov/Lab.asp?Org_ID=83 The ideas presented here do not represent the official view of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Deparment of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.

Too Big to Succeed: The Need for Federal IT Reform

For IT to become sustainable, the federal government must enable change in three areas: (a) embracing agile development, modular contracting, and opensource software; (b) encouraging small business participation; and (c) shifting the federal IT culture through education and experimentation. The adoption of these reforms is vital. The current state of federal IT undermines good work because of its inefficiency and waste.

Washington Goes to Sand Hill Road

January 2008 - F&G releases a new research brief looking into federal efforts at venture capital.

Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century

Allen Hammond, World Resources InstituteThe seeds have already been sown for the flowers that will blossom in the 21st century. If they are the flowers of wrath, they will spring from the poverty and inequity that are so evident as the 20th century ends. If they bloom into a garden of rare, harmonious beauty, it will be because we humans were wise enough to seek greater interconnectedness among the world's societies, rich and poor alike. In this interview, Allen Hammond discusses his book Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century. The book probes the consequences of present social, economic, and environmental trends to construct three possible worlds that could await us in the 21st century: Market World, Fortress World, and Transformed World.

Importance of Synthetic Biology in the 21st Century

The Synthetic Biology Project is being launched to identify gaps in our knowledge of the potential risks of the field, explore public perceptions towards it, and examine governance options that will both ensure public safety and facilitate innovation.

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