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Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies


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  • Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, & Public Opinion

    A groundbreaking poll finds that almost half of US adults have heard nothing about nanotechnology, and nearly nine in 10 Americans say they have heard just a little or nothing at all about the emerging field of synthetic biology, according to a new report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and Peter D Hart Research. Both technologies involve manipulating matter at an incredibly... Read More

  • Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology

    Since 1980, the capability of the federal agencies responsible for environmental health and safety has steadily eroded. The agencies cannot perform their basic functions now, and they are completely unable to cope with the new challenges they face in the 21st century. This paper describes some of these challenges, focusing on next-generation nanotechnologies, and suggests changes that could... Read More

  • Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Nanotechnology Risk Communication

    Over the past two years the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies examined the cultural bias toward nanotechnology risks. The goals were to understand whether and how cultural bias may affect public opinion toward nanotechnology. This examination could generate insights that could be used to form strategies for communicating... Read More