Science and Technology Innovation Program

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Awareness & Impressions Of Synthetic Biology

There has been little change in public awareness of either synthetic biology or nanotechnology since previous surveys, according to this 2013 poll of more than 800 U.S. adults. In the poll, 23 percent of adults say they have heard a lot or some about synthetic biology, compared with 31 percent who say the same about nanotechnology. The most common associations that respondents make with synthetic biology are that it is unnatural, man-made, and artificial or that it has to do with reproducing life.

F&G Releases Sensor White Paper

February 2007 - White paper evaluates distributed sensing systems for water quality assessment and management.

Brain Policy

Robert Blank, Chair of Public Policy, Brunel University, London, and author of Brain Policy discusses the possible impacts (positive and negative) of cognitive neuroscience on areas ranging from addition to hate crimes and foreign policy.

Did You Feel It? Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Thanks to new technology, people can immediately help seismologists assess the scope and impact of earthquakes by providing valuable firsthand data. The recent east coast quake, centered in Virginia, provided the back drop for our discussion with Colorado-based seismologist, David Wald.

Virtual Solutions to Real-World Problems

The Foresight and Governance Project has been exploring how virtual worlds can be used to solve real world environmental problems. Take a tour of the ecological "hot spots" in Second Life, an online 3D virtual 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)

The Power of Hackathons: A Roadmap for Sustainable Open Innovation

Hackathons offer an opportunity to achieve innovation-oriented goals with limited resources, but require careful planning and organizational commitment to sustain engagement over the long term. This brief provides an overview of hackathons and offers strategies from previous successful events.

“Budget Hero” Added to BrainPOP’s Free Resource for Top Educational Games

“Budget Hero,” the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp™, BrainPOP’s collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.

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.

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