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PEN 10 - Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies

View All materials and products eventually come to the end of their useful life, and those made with nanotechnology are no different. This means that engineered nanomaterials will ultimately enter the waste stream and find their way into landfills or incinerators—and eventually into the air, soil and water. As a result, it is important to consider how various forms of nanomaterials will be disposed of and treated at the end of their use, and how the regulatory system will treat such materials at the various stages of their lifecycle.

PEN 15 - Silver Nanotechnologies and the Environment

View • Official Report Release Page Widespread use of nanoscale silver will challenge regulatory agencies to balance important potential benefits against the possibility of significant environmental risk, highlighting the need to identify research priorities concerning this emerging technology, according to a new report released today by the Project.

The Genetic Age: Who Owns the Genome?

Do companies have the right to patent genetic discoveries? This has become one of the most controversal intellectual property issues of our time. A panel of experts debated the ethical, legal, and financial implications of gene patenting at a recent Wilson Center event.

Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers

Major emergencies and crises can overwhelm local resources. In the last several years, self-organized digital volunteers have begun leveraging the power of social media and “crowd-mapping” for collaborative crisis response. Rather than mobilizing a physical response, these digital volunteer groups have responded virtually by creating software applications, monitoring social networks, aggregating data, and creating “crowdsourced” maps to assist both survivors and the formal response community. These virtual responses can subject digital volunteers to tort liability. This report evaluates the precise contours of potential liability for digital volunteers.

Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, & Public Opinion

A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies found 90 percent of Americans think that the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies, according to this 2009 report summarizing the findings.

Two U.S. Government Experts to Join Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

The newly launched Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies announced today that two U.S. government experts are joining the Project---Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on the health implications of nanotechnology and Julia A. Moore, senior advisor in the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering.

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Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

September 12, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm

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