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How do the risks and benefits of nanotechnology, as viewed by the public, compare with those associated with other technologies such as genetically modified organisms, stem cells, biotechnology and nuclear power? And when deciding to use a specific nanotechnology product, will consumers consider the risks, the benefits, or both? We report the first… (More)
The views expressed in this volume are those held by each contributor and are not necessarily those of the Officers and Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. iii PREFACE iii Preface In January 2004, President George W. Bush announced a plan for returning humans to the Moon and eventually flying a manned mission to Mars. The president's… (More)
This essay deals with the unique influence that physics and physicists have had on U.S. federal policy since World War II. I identify some "lessons learned" from the last six decades and speculate about the future of U.S. physics and physicists as advisors to future presidents.