- events/archive January 14, 2009 Nanotech and Your Daily Vitamins 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. Is FDA equipped to meet the emerging regulatory challenge of dietary supplements that use engineered nanomaterials? video
- events/archive January 8, 2009 Synthetic Biology: Is Ethics a Showstopper? Synthetic biology promises to enable cheap, lifesaving new drugs to treat the 350-500 million people who suffer from malaria, and to create innovative biofuels that can help solve the world’s energy problems. But are synthetic biologists playing God? Will synthetic biology’s expected products and profits be stymied by policymakers and the public? Join us and explore these unresolved questions with Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
- events/archive November 14, 2008 Synthetic Biology: Coming up Fast! Synthetic biology is being touted by scientists and venture capitalists as “the next big thing.” Researchers claim to be on the brink of creating artificial life in a laboratory and making the world’s first synthetic microbes. But will the promises and pitfalls of synthetic biology catch governments, ethicists, biosafety and biosecurity experts, and the public by surprise? video
- events/archive July 23, 2008 Nanotechnology and Oversight: An Agenda for the New Administration Few domestic policy areas that the new administration must address will have greater long-range consequences than nanotechnology — a new technology that has been compared with the industrial revolution in terms of its impact on society. If the right decisions are made, nanotechnology will bring vast improvements to almost every area of daily living. If the wrong decisions are made, the American economy, human health and the environment will suffer.
- events/archive April 2, 2008 New Nanotechnology Television Series Does “Sweat the Small Stuff” The Project and National Science Foundation will host the Washington, DC, premiere event for the television series “Nanotechnology: The Power of Small”. The series’ three programs explore critical questions about nanotechnology’s potential impact on privacy, the environment and human health and will include remarks by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a co-chair of the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus.
- events/archive December 9, 2007 The Nanotech Future: A Conversation with Mihail Roco Dr. Roco is the key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)—America’s $8 billion investment in the science and engineering research expected to revolutionize technology and industry. video
- events/archive June 11, 2007 Perspectives on Nanotechnology: Business, Government and Public Health Scientists have hailed nanotechnology as the next great scientific revolution, poised to create revolutionary changes in the daily lives of people worldwide. At an event hosted by the Project at the Dirksen Senate Office building, a panel of experts offered different perspectives on the budding potential of nanotechnology, but also cautioned that exploiting the unpredictable properties materials exhibit at the nanoscale may have as much potential to harm as to help. video
- events/archive June 29, 2006 Taking Nanotechnology to Market: One Company’s Strategy Many people see nanotechnology as a futurist dream. Tomorrow’s nano world promises pollution-free energy, potent cancer and Alzheimer’s treatments, and faster, smaller, cheaper computers. video
- events/archive May 30, 2006 Nanotechnology Gives Lift to Space Elevator Is Clarke, who predicted the use of satellites, right again? Does nanotechnology potentially make a space elevator more than a science fiction dream? video
- events/archive February 23, 2006 Nanotechnology & NIOSH: Perspectives from Director John Howard With the National Science Foundation predicting that by 2015 nanotechnology will have a $1 trillion impact on the global economy and employ 2 million workers, it is critical to develop the research data necessary to maintain safe American workplaces. video
- events/archive December 14, 2005 Nanotechnology and the Media: Realities and Risk Nanotechnology is in the marketplace—in cars, computer chips and cosmetics. It’s featured in popular films and sci-fi books. It’s trendy with venture capitalists, and it’s at the heart of major industry and university research centers. But how is nanotechnology covered in the media? Does the press propagate nano-hype? Do journalists focus more on nano’s risks than its benefits? Is the content and quality of U.S. reporting on nanotech similar to reporting abroad? video