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Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: NBIC
Source: World Technology Evaluation Center – Publication date: June 2002
The integration and synergy of the four technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) originate from the nanoscale, where the building blocks of matter are established. This confluence of technologies now offers the promise of improving human lives in many ways, and the realignment of traditional disciplinary boundaries that will be needed to realize this potential. New and more direct pathways towards human goals are envisioned in working habits, in economic activity, and in the humanities.

CRObriefing: Emerging Risks Initiative ? Position Paper
Source: CRO Forum – Publication date: November 2010
The insurance and risk management industries have an opportunity to collaborate with other nanotechnology stakeholders to close knowledge gaps as quickly as possible in four key areas: 1) Nanotechnology risk and safety analysis standards; 2) Environmental, health and safety (EHS) hazards research; 3) Regulatory alignment; 4) Proprietary risk assessment. This paper explores these key areas and the opportunity for collaboration with other stakeholders to pursue the safe and efficient commercial use of nanotechnology.

Cutting nature's building blocks down to size
Source: TA Swiss – Publication date: December 2003
Abridged version of the TA-SWISS (Switzerland's Center for Technology Assessment) Study "Nanotechnology in Medicine"

Democratic technologies? The final report of the Nanotechnology Engagement Group
Source: Involve – Publication date: June 2007
This is the final report of the Nanotechnologies Engagement Group (NEG), a body convened by Involve with the support of the Office of Science and Innovation's Sciencewise scheme, and the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield. Their role has been to observe and support the pioneers of nanotechnology public engagement and log their experiences for the benefit of future journeys into the interface between democracy and technology.

Down on the Farm: The Impact of Nano-scale Technologies on Food and Agriculture
Source: ETC Group – Publication date: November 2004
Over the next two decades, the impacts of nano-scale convergence on farmers and food will exceed that of farm mechanisation or of the Green Revolution. Converging technologies could reinvigorate the battered agrochemical and agbiotech industries, igniting a still more intense debate - this time over "atomically-modified" foods.

EMERGNANO
Source: Safenano – Publication date: March 2009
The EMERGNANO project, conducted under the umbrella of the SAFENANO initiative, identified more than 670 projects from around the world, and after careful selection assessed more than 260 unique, relevant projects completed, close to completion or in progress since 2004. The final report provides a comprehensive listing of projects, alongside detailed evaluation of their outputs.

Engineered Nanoparticles: Review of Health and Environmental Safety (ENRHES)
Source: European Commission Joint Research Centre – Publication date: January 2010
The ENRHES project has performed a comprehensive and critical scientific review of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, metal and metal oxide nanomaterials. The review considers sources, pathways of exposure, the health and environmental outcomes of concern, in the context illustrating the state-of-the-art in the field and informing the regulation of the potential risks of engineered nanoparticles.

Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
Source: Wowio – Publication date: February 2007
Originally published in 1986, K. Eric Drexler's Engines of Creation laid the theoretical foundation for the modern field of nanotechnology and articulated the amazing possibilities and dangers associated with engineering at the molecular scale. Unique for both its style and substance, the book is today recognized as the seminal work in nanotechnology and has earned Drexler the title of "Father of Nanotechnology."

Environmental, Health, and Safety Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials
Source: National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) – Publication date: September 2006
The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology has released this document identifying environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research and information needs related to understanding and management of potential risks of engineered nanoscale materials.

Environmentally Beneficial Nanotechnologies
Source: UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – Publication date: May 2007
Defra has also commissioned research into the the policy implications of nanotechnologies that will benefit the environment. The report of the study Environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies: barriers and opportunities investigates the opportunities and potential obstacles to adoption of a number applications of nanotechnology which could be used to cut use of non-renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This report explores the application of nanoscience in the areas of insulation, photovoltaics, electricity storage, engine efficiency and the hydrogen economy.



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