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Personalized Medicine: A Faustian Bargain?

Dec 10, 2015
Therapies tailored to an individual's particular genetic makeup could be highly effective—but they could also be too expensive for many of those whose DNA donations go into creating the treatments.

New Algae Research Could Address Climate Change and Food Security Challenges

Dec 02, 2015
With all eyes on the United Nation climate talks in Paris, one synthetic biology-based solution to climate change could be sitting in a nearby pond.

Why Safety Can Be Dangerous

Oct 29, 2015
Can things designed to eliminate risks end up creating new risks that make us less safe? Greg Ip addresses that question and more in his new book, Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe. He discussed the book as part of the Wilson Center’s Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity project.

Addressing Complexity With Playable Models

Oct 28, 2015
Can the rough equivalent of a “video game” provide the solution to understanding and solving complex problems?

Beyond the Desktop: Realizing the Potential of Additive Manufacturing (Episode 5)

Oct 21, 2015
This is the fifth pisode in a series of short films about the industrial uses of additive manufacturing. This episode focuses on the how to reach the full potential of additive manufacturing.

An Eye for Blogging

Oct 07, 2015
Elizabeth Tyson of the Wilson Center’s Commons Lab is the official blogger for the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, a meeting that brings together world leaders and policymakers to find ways to use increasingly available environmental and societal information to better support sustainable development.

PPSR_CORE Metadata standards

Oct 06, 2015
The collaborative success for citizen science and public participation in scientific research (PPSR) led to the development of the PPSR_CORE Program Data Model Metadata Standard / data sharing protocol. Sharing information across databases maximizes everyone's efforts, getting more "bang for the buck" out of information about citizen science projects everywhere. It leads to current, up-to-date, and synchronized project lists and a broader understanding about citizen science globally.

Algae: Solution to Climate Change?

Oct 06, 2015
Even with efforts to address the effects of climate change gaining momentum, it will take innovative approaches to address various goals being established by a variety of countries. One such idea is the use of microalgae as a feed source for livestock. Brian Walsh believes that replacing current feed crops with algae could yield big results toward providing a solution to climate change. In fact, his research indicates a potential for reducing atmospheric carbon concentrates to preindustrial levels by the end of the century.

Beyond the Desktop: Additive Manufacturing in Outer Space (Episode 4)

Oct 02, 2015
This is the fourth episode in a series of short films about the industrial uses of additive manufacturing. This episode focuses on the potential of additive manufacturing in space exploration.

Beyond the Desktop: Additive Manufacturing and Aerospace (Episode 3)

Sep 25, 2015
This is the third episode in a series of short films about the industrial uses of additive manufacturing. This episode focuses on the potential of additive manufacturing in the aerospace sector.

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