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There's a Sensor in Your Pocket

May 18, 2009
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.

Navigating the Emerging Science of Synthetic Biology

Feb 02, 2009
Imagine combining the principles and techniques of engineering, biology, and nanotechnology to create new products—revolutionary medical treatments, biofuels, and other innovations. The Wilson Center is studying the promises and perils of this emerging field of synthetic biology.

Importance of Synthetic Biology in the 21st Century

Dec 17, 2008
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.

Presidential Science Advisors Push for a Swift Appointment From Obama

Dec 05, 2008
Science, technology and innovation are keys to addressing a host of challenges our nation will face in the coming years. Former presidential science advisors address this in an article calling for the president-elect to appoint his advisor quickly.

Making a Critical Connection: Science Advice and the Next President

Dec 04, 2008
Former presidential advisors highlight the need for a swift appointment of the next presidential science and technology advisor.

Improving The Environment With Advanced ID Tags

Oct 22, 2008
RFID technology could improve traffic flow, encourage recycling, and inform consumers if implemented responsibly.

White House Science Office Needs Critical Upgrade

Jun 17, 2008
The next president will need a superb Assistant for Science and Technology and a strengthened science advice capability to address the nation's challenges, according to a new report released by the Wilson Center.

Carbon Nanotubes That Look Like Asbestos, Behave Like Asbestos

May 20, 2008
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

Can You Balance the Federal Budget?

May 14, 2008
While the candidates and pundits debate, go online and take control of the federal budget. American Public Media and the Wilson Center's Serious Games Initiative recently launched a new game, Budget Hero, to let people explore the impacts of some of the the most important policy issues facing our country.

Nanotechnology: The Power of Small

Apr 01, 2008
Products incorporating nanotechnology have become a global, multi-billion dollar industry yet much of the public knows little about nano's potential impact on the environment, human health, and privacy. A three-part tv series, "Nanotechnology: The Power of Small," airing in April, will explore these issues.

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