Science and Technology Publications

PEN 11 - Room at the Bottom?

Apr 09, 2008
View State and local governments often have adopted trailblazing initiatives to address environmental, health and safety concerns in advance or in lieu of federal action. With nanotechnology, an emerging field of science with unknown risks, this practice is continuing, a landmark study has found. “In the absence of action at the federal level, local and state governments may begin to explore their options for oversight of nanotechnology,” says author Suellen Keiner. The report discusses possible options for state and local governments to follow that would allow for oversight of the potential negative impacts of nanotechnology – including local air, waste and water regulations, as well as labeling and worker safety requirements. more

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

Jul 01, 2007
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. more

PEN 9 - EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century

May 01, 2007
View As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently stated, nanotechnology has evolved from a futuristic idea to watch to a current issue to address. A new report by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies considers various oversight tools for dealing with nanotechnology and proposes a number of action steps for government, industry, and other stakeholders. more

Atoms for Peace: A Future after Fifty Years?, edited by Joseph F. Pilat

Atoms for Peace: A Future after Fifty Years?

May 01, 2007
The twenty-five contributors to Atoms for Peace grapple in many ways with the past, present, and future of nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and the future of nuclear energy.  more

PEN 8 - Green Nanotechnology: It’s Easier Than You Think (Report)

Apr 01, 2007
View The ability to eliminate waste and toxins from production processes early on, to create more efficient and flexible solar panels, and to remove contaminants from water is becoming an exciting reality with nanotechnology. This “green nanotechnology” involves designing nanoproducts for the environment and with the environment in mind. Last spring, stakeholders came together to participate in a series of dialogues on the topic, hosted by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. This report highlights the research breakthroughs, industry perspectives, and policy options discussed at those meetings. more

PEN 6 - NanoFrontiers: Visions for the Future of Nanotechnology (Report)

Mar 01, 2007
View Controlling the properties and behavior of matter at the smallest scale—in effect, “domesticating atoms”—can help to overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges, concludes a new report on how diverse experts view the future of nanotechnology. This publication highlights the findings of a Washington, DC meeting organized by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies more

PEN 4 - Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Production: Anticipated Applications

Sep 01, 2006
View Thanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow’s food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.