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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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