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Emerging Technologies at the World Economic Forum

by Andrew Maynard

In an interconnected world, global issues demand integrative solutions.

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Beyond the Obvious – Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by Andrew Maynard

The immediate lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disaster are pretty obvious - we (or at least somebody) messed up!  But what about the less obvious lessons, especially those concerning technology innovation and how it’s handled?

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Limited resources and emerging technologies: China does the math

by Andrew Maynard

New technologies depend on uncommon materials, and society depends on new technologies. Which means that economies that develop the former and control the latter have something of an upper hand in today’s interconnected and technology-dependent world.

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Rehabilitating “Risk”

by Andrew Maynard

Now that I’ve had some time to get to grips with my new position as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, I thought it was high time I started letting people know something about where the Center will be heading over the next few years.

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Could precisely engineered nanoparticles provide a novel geoengineering tool?

by Andrew Maynard

While traveling to the World Economic Forum meeting in China, I came across a new paper that piques my interest. The paper is by David Keith at the University of Calgary (published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science), and is a theoretical investigation of how injecting large quantities of precisely engineered particles into the upper atmosphere might provide a cost-effective tool for climate intervention - geoengineering.

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Filtering the Flashy from the Transformative

by Jamais Cascio

Nature’s Nicola Jones asked me to comment on Singularity University for an article she was putting together; that article is now available. She included a couple of brief observations of mine, but I thought it would be useful to show the full context of my thoughts.

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What do people think about synthetic biology?

by Andrew Maynard

The fifth Hart survey of what American adults think about emerging technologies like nanotechnology and synthetic biology has been released by my former colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center - the first since I left the group earlier this year.

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Rethinking Nanotechnology

by Andrew Maynard

Back in July, the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) posted a Request For Information in the Federal Register for input to the next NNI strategic plan - to be published later this year. The closing date for comments was a couple of weeks ago now. I got mine in in the nick of time.

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Smart Science for the 21st Century

by Andrew Maynard

Can current approaches to doing science sustain us over the next one hundred years? An increasing reliance on technological fixes to global challenges demands a radical rethink of how we use science in the service of society.

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Reflections on the Safety of Nanotechnology-Based Sunscreens

by Andrew Maynard

A few weeks ago, I set Friends of the Earth a challengeWhat is your worst case estimate of the human health risk from titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens?

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Welcome to real science!

by Andrew Maynard

The way science is taught, the way it’s portrayed on TV and in the press, the way it’s promoted by science-advocates and science bloggers, often seems to adhere to a rather pompous and hubristic view of science as the ultimate bastion of truth and certainty. So it’s been rather refreshing this week to see a group of real-world scientists shattering this image in the online event I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!

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The Future Safety of Synthetic Biology

by Andrew Maynard

Last week’s announcement from the J. Craig Venter Institute that scientists had created the first-ever synthetic cell was a profoundly significant point in human history, and marked a turning point in our quest to control the natural world. But the ability to use this emerging technology wisely is already being dogged by fears that we have embarked down a dangerous and morally dubious path.

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At the Dawn of a New Technology

by Andrew Maynard

One of the most anticipated technological breakthroughs in years hits the streets, and I’m completely off the web – holed up in an Italian hotel with no Internet and no phone.

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Building Trust Between Science and Society

by Andrew Maynard

Having recently finished Robert Winston’s Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventiveness, I was rather taken by his concluding “Scientist’s Manifesto” – a fourteen-point guide to help strengthen the relationship between science and society.

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Power to the People

by Andrew Maynard

Should citizens be more involved in assessing emerging technologies?

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White House Planning Policy Group on Emerging Technologies

by Andrew Maynard

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) plans to form a new interagency group on emerging technologies, including nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

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Why We Need Technology Ratchets

by Andrew Maynard

A lot of things keep me up at night – everything from the trivial (“did I remember to brush my teeth?”) to the to the profound (“does it matter?”). But recently, I’ve been plagued more than usual in the wee small hours by the challenge of developing sustainable and resilient technologies.

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Nanotechnology and Cancer Treatment

by Andrew Maynard

Do we need a reality check?

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Why I Don’t Believe in Technology Innovation

by Andrew Maynard

Sitting here in Denver Airport, I think I have finally lost my faith in technology innovation. And the reason? That fiendish creation of the Gates empire, Microsoft Word.

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Owning the Carbon Cycle

by Andrew Maynard

For past 100 years—from the tail end of the industrial revolution, through the chemicals revolution and into the digital revolution—we have been passive observers of our effects on the planet. Over the next 100 years, we will need to take an active role in managing these effects if we are to avoid potentially catastrophic impacts on large numbers of the world’s population.

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“No Small Matter” – A connoisseur’s guide to delicate work

by Andrew Maynard

How do you write a book about something few people have heard of, and less seem interested in? The answer, it seems, is to write about something else.

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Ten Emerging Technology Trends of the Next Ten years

by Andrew Maynard

What can we expect as we enter the second decade of the twenty first century?  What are the emerging technology trends that are going to be hitting the headlines over the next ten years?

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Scientist just wants to have fun – a compendium of mindless games for the holiday season!

by Andrew Maynard

Here’s some sciency fun for a long holiday weekend. Enjoy!

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Science and Technology Innovation: Looking to the Future

by Andrew Maynard

How do we ensure that our dependency on science and technology works for us, rather than against us?

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What’s technology innovation got to do with it?

by Andrew Maynard

Some thoughts about the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda…

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Do scientists encourage misleading media coverage?

by Andrew Maynard

If the science community is serious about good science reporting, it needs to get its own house in order before pointing too many fingers at others.

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Riding the Wave: Rethinking Science & Technology Policy

by Andrew Maynard

We stand at a nexus of unimaginable technological potential, and unprecedented global challenges.  How we develop and use science and technology over the coming decades will determine the quality (and possibly even the quantity) of life for coming generations.

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Living in a Post-Chemistry World

by Andrew Maynard

Regulators around the world are currently grappling with how to manage the possible risks associated with first generation nanotechnologies.  But increasingly sophisticated nanotechnology-based products are coming—will the old regulations still cover these emerging nanotechnologies, or is a re-think in how substances are regulated in order?

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