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Did You Feel It? Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Oct 25, 2011
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.

Social Media and International Disaster Response

Oct 25, 2011
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools are making the response to national and man-made disasters faster and more efficient. We spoke with one of the world's leaders in the field, Gisli Olafsson, to learn about the latest developments.

Potential Liability for Crowdsourced Disaster Response Groups

Sep 27, 2011
Volunteer and technical communities organize to create and build tools that collect, search and organize data coming from crisis areas. These crowdsourcing groups have effectively responded to a variety of disasters, including the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes, the Japanese tsunami and the gulf oil spill.

New Game Lets American Public Be Budget Heroes

Jul 19, 2011
Lawmakers from both parties have said the country needs a national conversation about the national debt. At an event on Capitol Hill on July 13, they embraced the popular game Budget Hero as a way to jump start that discussion.

Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Jul 09, 2011
Far from multimillion dollar labs at universities, an enthusiastic movement of amateur scientists is changing the field of biology.

Predicting the Future of Science and Technology: Wanna Bet?

Jun 01, 2010
Over the next few months, the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will be running an experiment in the use of an online prediction market to explore the future of science and technology.

Reinventing Technology Assessment for the 21st Century

Apr 28, 2010
A new report defines the criteria for a new technology assessment function in the United States, emphasizing the need to incorporate citizen-participation methods to complement expert analysis.

findNano App Puts Nanotech in Your Pocket

Nov 12, 2009
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has developed findNano, an application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled

There's a Sensor in Your Pocket

May 18, 2009
Existing technologies in today's mobile phones and web services enable new approaches to citizen science, giving individuals and communities the power to shape the world around them in new ways. Read more in a paper commissioned by the Foresight & Governance Project.

Navigating the Emerging Science of Synthetic Biology

Feb 02, 2009
Imagine combining the principles and techniques of engineering, biology, and nanotechnology to create new products—revolutionary medical treatments, biofuels, and other innovations. The Wilson Center is studying the promises and perils of this emerging field of synthetic biology.

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