Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society

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Labeled either as the qnext industrial revolutionq or as just qhype, q nanoscience and nanotechnologies are controversial, touted by some as the likely engines of spectacular transformation of human societies and even human bodies, and by others as conceptually flawed. These challenges make an encyclopedia of nanoscience and society an absolute necessity. Providing a guide to what these understandings and challenges are about, the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society offers accessible descriptions of some of the key technical achievements of nanoscience along with its history and prospects. Rather than a technical primer, this encyclopedia instead focuses on the efforts of governments around the world to fund nanoscience research and to tap its potential for economic development as well as to assess how best to regulate a new technology for the environmental, occupational, and consumer health and safety issues related to the field. Contributions examine and analyze the cultural significance of nanoscience and nanotechnologies and describe some of the organizations, and their products, that promise to make nanotechnologies a critical part of the global economy. Written by noted scholars and practitioners from around the globe, these two volumes offer nearly 500 entries describing the societal aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Key Themes - Art, Design, and Materials - Bionanotechnology Centers - Context - Economics and Business - Engagement and the Public - Environment and Risk - Ethics and Values - Geographies and Distribution - History and Philosophy - Integration and Interdisciplinarity - Nanotechnology Companies - Nanotechnology OrganizationsThe use of nanotechnology in the current generation of the iPod nano is a reflection of the research and development of electronic ... The third-generation iPod Nano was introduced in September 2007, with a two-inch screen, video playback, two memory options (4 and 8 ... accelerometer, which refers the devicea#39;s ability to shuffle songs when a user shakes it and to switch between portrait and landscapeanbsp;...

Title:Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society
Author:David H. Guston
Publisher:SAGE Publications - 2010-07-14


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