A basic introduction to nanotechnology and its implications by the ETC Group (or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration). ETC is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. To this end, ETC Group supports socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and corporate power.
This booklet is a primer on electron and ion beam microscopy and is intended for students and others interested in learning more about the history, technology, and instruments behind this fascinating field of scientific inquiry. The goal of this booklet is to provide an overview of how electron and ion beam microscopes work, the results they can produce, and how researchers and scientists are using this data to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. Most of the stunning nanoscale images displayed in this booklet have been colorized for visual effect and artistic impression.
Source: Royal Society – Publication date: July 2004
A July 2004 report by the Royal Society in the UK. The report illustrates the fact that nanotechnologies offer many benefits both now and in the future but that public debate is needed about their development. It also highlights the immediate need for research to address uncertainties about the health and environmental effects of nanoparticles one small area of nanotechnologies. It also makes recommendations about regulation to control exposure to nanoparticles.
Source: National Science Foundation – Publication date: October 2005
An excellent overview in form of a powerpoint presentation covering four areas: 1) What is nanotechnology and why is it important 2) Four generations of nanotechnology products 3) NNI main objectives and examples of outcome 4) Societal dimensions.
Source: European Commission – Publication date: April 2005
The aim of this brochure is to illustrate to the public what nanotechnology is and thereby to stimulate the discussion. By describing the scientific background, technological developments, areas of application, and potential developments of the future, this brochure provides a complex and comprehensive picture of nanotechnology as we see it in our days.