Science and Technology Innovation Program

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Washington Goes to Sand Hill Road

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

The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

A white paper on the policy and technology behind the National Broadband Map, an open-source geographic information systems application allowing users to access detailed statistics on internet connectivity. This project demonstrates the value of transparency, collaboration, and cooperation in government projects.

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.

The Future in Plain Sight

Eugene Linden, author of The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming InstabilityLinden sees nine major indications that the world is veering toward another round of instability in the 21st century. These clues, he says, are "in plain sight": e.g., climate change, migration, population growth, and an imperfectly globalized economy. (First broadcast November 23-29, 1998)

PEN 17 - A Hard Pill to Swallow

View WASHINGTON - Historically, the regulation of dietary supplements has been a significant challenge for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the fact that some of these products are now being manufactured using nanotechnology creates an additional layer of complexity. This new report asks the question: Is FDA equipped to meet the emerging regulatory challenge of dietary supplements that use engineered nanomaterials? The short answer is no.

Wilson Center and IBM Explore the Future of Computing

Just how prepared are we for a world where computing moves "off our desk" into the wider environment around us? This seminar and discussion explored a world where computing is embedded, nomadic, and largely invisible. Video of the seminar is available here.

Synthetic Biology Newsletter 2.0

This July 2011 issue of Synthetic Biology 2.0 looks at the work of the United States Presidential Bioethics Commission, the dominant discourse in the synthetic biology debate, vaccines as the first commercial applicaiton of synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology, biosecurity, and biofiction where science and arts meet.

New NIOSH Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology & Strategic Plan for Nanotechnology Research

According to Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, a project created in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, the release of Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: An Information Exchange with NIOSH and Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research: Filling the Knowledge Gaps is a small but important step forward by the U.S. government to address the possible health implications of nanotechnology.

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