Guide for Starters

Friday, February 24, 2006

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For those who are entirely new at nanotechnology, I would recommend to have a look at this wikipedia entry on Nanotechnology. A brief description on the differences between the existing nanoscale technology and molecular nanotechnology is available at UK's Royal Society here (pdf).

Those wishing to understand further can access the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), a consortium of 13 U.S. universities supported by the NSF. The NNIN supports a broad base of educational programs focused on K-12 students, teachers, undergraduate students – and the general public.

# Scientific

Engines of Creation, Dr. Drexler's book on MNT is available at the foresight. Robert A. Freitas Jr. website explains quite in detail several technicalities in Molecular Nanotechnology (MNT). Discussion on whether molecular assembly is possible or not is available here. Also interesting is the debate between Drexler (the "father" of nanotechnology) and Prof. Smalley on assembler, available here. Zyvex website is also important, and is accessible here.

# Policies

The best MNT policy-focused web is the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology. It has a Global Task Force asess the implications of nanotechnology and propose policies. The US Nanotechnology Research Act is available at the Library of Congress (html). EPA's approach toward Nanotech is available through its draft paper (pdf).

Arizona State University has interesting collection of nanotechnology related legal issues at its Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology. Anthony Cerminaro's blog also has a quite extensive discussion on the legal impacts of nanotechnology.

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