2020 Science focuses on the relationships between science, technology and society, with a heavy bias toward emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology and geoengineering. As a personal and independent blog, it covers stuff that grabs my interest or gets my goat - especially in my professional areas of risk science, science policy and communication/engagement. As a result, I spend quite a lot of time exploring how to make sense of science and technology in a complex and not entirely rational society.
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Next week sees the debut of the PBS science program NOVA’s new series Making Stuff – a four part special “exploring the materials that will shape our future”, hosted by NY Times technology columnist David Pogue. You may recall that I expressed some reservations over the program’s approach to bioengineered materials a few weeks back [...]
As I report on the Risk Science Blog, the latest iteration of the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report has dropped “Nanoparticle Toxicity” as an emerging and significant risk. Instead, the far more generic “Threats from New Technologies” takes its place. This is a welcome move – but I do have some reservations. Certainly, identifying [...]
Update 1/6/11: The comment period has been extended to January 21 There are only two days left to comment on the current draft US National Nanotechnology Initiative Environmental, Health and Safety strategy (the comment period closes January 6) – so time to read the draft, log in to the portal and add your comments. This [...]
A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati under the slightly provocative title “Small Gods and the Art of Technology Innovation”. The talk is now available on-line (slides and audio at least) – and viewable below – through the excellent work of the folk at CAC. Rather sneakily, [...]
Which were the most popular 2020 Science blogs of 2010? In reverse order, based on page views, here are the ten most-read posts: 10. Just how risky can nanoparticles in sunscreens be? Friends of the Earth respond A guest blog from Georgia Miller and Ian Illuminato at Friends of the Earth, responding to a challenge [...]
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