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2013-10-29 23:35:17

The updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory now contains 1,628 consumer products that have been introduced to the market since 2005, representing a 24 percent increase since the last update in 2010. In addition to finding new products introduced to the market, the newly re-launched inventory seeks to address scientific uncertainty with contributions from those involved with nanomaterials production, use, and analysis. WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 29, 2013 The updated...

2013-07-10 15:17:01

USGS is incorporating quick and inexpensive approaches to enhance earthquake research The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientific institutions are using social media and crowdsourcing to learn more about earthquakes, according to a new report. These techniques provide inexpensive and rapid data to augment and extend the capabilities provided by traditional monitoring techniques. The new report, Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science Through Citizen Seismology, released...

2013-05-01 10:38:27

Update to synthetic biology map identifies new activity across the globe The number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013, according to the latest version of an interactive map produced by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Synthetic biology, an area of research focused on the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, or the...

2013-03-20 08:30:22

National survey finds three out of four adults have heard little or nothing about the emerging technology WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite advancements in the field of synthetic biology, three out of four adults surveyed in a national poll released today have heard "just a little" or "nothing at all" about the emerging technology, a level of awareness that has changed little since 2010. The national poll of more than 800 U.S. adults conducted by Hart...

2012-09-18 10:23:22

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The creators of "Budget Hero," the popular serious game which helps people of all ages understand the federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process, have launched an Election Edition to illuminate the budget impact of policies championed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney as well as those related to the impending "fiscal cliff." The updated version contains 27 new policies in all, including the Ryan...

2012-08-17 06:20:54

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the creation of a new program to study the impact of global changes--such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development--on people's lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic wellbeing. The Global Sustainability and Resilience program will be led by Blair A. Ruble, who will leave his position as...

2012-07-16 14:06:15

Some progress being made Federal agencies have started taking steps to address the recommendations in a 2010 report from the presidential bioethics commission to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development, though the government has not fully addressed any of the report recommendations, according to a scorecard tracking the efforts. The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars launched the web-based Synthetic Biology...

2012-07-16 06:23:14

Some Progress Being Made WASHINGTON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal agencies have started taking steps to address the recommendations in a 2010 report from the presidential bioethics commission to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development, though the government has not fully addressed any of the report recommendations, according to a scorecard tracking the efforts. The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for...

2012-07-02 10:22:24

Population Stories to Watch from the Wilson Center WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As World Population Day approaches, Wilson Center consultant and demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says the Arab Spring demonstrates that countries with very young age structures are prone both to higher incidence of civil conflict and undemocratic governance. "Among the five countries where revolt took root, those with the earliest success in ousting autocratic leaders also had the...

2012-03-01 01:59:41

Experts say at least $20 million to $30 million in government research is needed over the next decade to adequately identify and address the possible ecological risks of synthetic biology, an emerging area of research focused on the design and construction of new biological parts and systems, or modification of existing ones, to create new applications in areas ranging from energy to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Without key research into these risks and appropriate federal oversight,...