The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect views of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the European Commission. The views expressed in this document do not engage or commit the European Commission in any way. Cover photos (clockwise from top left): Beamie… (More)
PRefaCe Scientists have only begun to investigate whether nanotechnology poses any threats to the environment and public health and, if so, what steps should be taken to mitigate them. But as formative as our understanding of nanotech-nology's risks might be, our understanding of how to communicate scientific evidence of those potential risks to the public… (More)
Summary Although industrial ecology represents a captivating metaphor and rich repertoire of analytical tools, its impact on environmental policy has been marginal at best. This article examines the insights provided by the studies of three common materials in the U.S. economy—lead, arsenic, and silver—and the ability of such studies to illuminate some… (More)
3-D printing could herald new advances in sustainable production, that is, so long as it does not become a sustainability hazard itself.
In the last ten years, the following developments have taken place that impact the governance of converging technologies: • The viability of integrating nanotechnology, biotechnology, information science, and cognitive science (NBIC) has been confirmed in multiple settings since 2001, mostly in a " reactive approach " responding to collaborative… (More)
This version has been updated from the June 2008 edition to include the views of several more S&T experts and additional issues that OSTP should address. oject whitE housE officE of sciEncE and tEchnology policy