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Ebbesen, Mette; Andersen, Svend; Besenbacher, Flemming – Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 2006
Research in nanotechnology has advanced rapidly in recent years. Several researchers, however, warn that there is a paucity of research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of nanotechnology, and they caution that ethical reflections on nanotechnology lag behind this fast developing science. In this article, the authors question this…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Ethics, Engineering Technology, Biology
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Berne, Rosalyn W.; Schummer, Joachim – Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 2005
Societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology have become a hot topic of public debates in many countries because both revolutionary changes and strong public concerns are expected from its development. Because nanotechnology is, at this point, mostly articulated in visionary and futuristic terms, it is difficult to apply standard methods of…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Science Fiction
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Pilarski, Linda M.; Mehta, Michael D.; Caulfield, Timothy; Kaler, Karan V. I. S.; Backhouse, Christopher J. – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2004
At present there is an enormous discrepancy between our nanotechnological capabilities (particularly our nanobiotechnologies), our social wisdom, and consensus on how to apply them. To date, cost considerations have greatly constrained our application of nanotechnologies. However, novel advances in microsystem platform technologies are about to…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Science and Society, Science Education, Biomedicine
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Estes, Charles R. – Simulation & Gaming, 1994
Discusses theoretical versus applied science and the use of the scientific method for analysis of social issues. Topics addressed include the use of simulation and modeling; the growth in computer power, including nanotechnology; distributed computing; self-evolving programs; spiritual matters; human engineering, i.e., molding individuals;…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Microcomputers, Scientific Methodology, Simulation