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November 2, 2015

Helping nanotechnology work for everyone

Center for Nanotechnology in Society dedicated to helping the public become a voice in nano and other emerging technologies

When you think of researchers working on nanotechnology, you probably picture scientists and engineers manipulating incredibly small structures in a state-of-the-art lab. But there are many others who are also interested in the future of this technology, including community planners, political scientists, urban designers--maybe even your next door neighbor.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University is engaging the public and a wide range of experts to think deeply about where nano and other emerging technologies are headed and how to make them work effectively for everyone. Recent and ongoing activities include the Futurescape City Tours, the Phoenix 2050 Design Studio, the Nano Around the World card game and the Life Cycle Assessment for Responsible Innovation workshop.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF awards #0937391 and #0531194, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Marsha Walton, Science Nation Producer

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